Good day loves,
How have you all been? I’ve been back from my trip for over a week now and have been catching up on all sorts of tasks around the house. I started a very basic bathroom renovation project that turned into a slightly more complicated bathroom renovation project. I’m finishing that up tomorrow, so there will be photos to follow, as well as a DIY on how to refinish a table. Other than that I’ve been working on organization of my cupboards and counter — and have set up all of my legos so there will be photos of that too haha. I also started a couple new books — work books to be specific : 642 things to write and 642 things to draw. They are a whole lot of fun and have me tackling subjects in both mediums that I’d never try otherwise.
As for my emotional side, I’ve been missing my chou who’s moved home to Leduc for the summer to work and going through a bit of a “What am I going to do when school is over?” crisis. This is a little ahead of schedule seeing as I don’t finish school for another 11 months or so, but I’ve been feeling like it’s time to start figuring out what to do. The last time I felt like this… I was in London. On Wayne’s couch. Crying to him again about the uncertainty and so on. And you know what he did? Told me to stop freaking out about it and I (very reluctantly did) and it was okay. School was great. I got a job when I got home. I reconnected with friends. I met an amazing guy.
So now I look back to Wayne and to London and think about my time there. I’m trying to find some sort of calm within that and put good thoughts forward. I know that I’ll get through this little rough patch and find what I’m looking for, no matter where it takes me. In order to get back to London, what better way than to share some photos from my time there. I hope you enjoy.
Let’s start with the less than impressive Big Ben. Sorry Brits, I was expecting this gigantic tower and it was just a dwarf. Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations (because they are based on Disney’s the Great Mouse Detective) but this was underwhelming. The bridge to get there however was awesome. Filled with ‘magicians’ playing games with tourists — because no locals seem to fall for this crap.
Next we have the Love Life booth Chelsea and I stumbled upon in Covent Garden. It was a just the motto I needed to see to counteract the way I was feeling at the start of this trip. I was experiencing ultimate loneliness and was kind of not appreciating everything I was seeing. This booth was the start of a better trend.
Upon returning to London after my trips to the Netherlands, Italy and France, Wayne and I made a trip to Portobello Road. My dream London destination ever since seeing Bedknobs & Broomsticks as a child. It was a calm day there as it was a weekday, but enough little shops were set up to get a feel for the area. Lots of cute dresses, fruits, kids clothes, souvenirs, and so on.
We hopped on a tube, transferred to another and then to another if I’m not mistaken before arriving at the Camden market! This market was filled with a whole lot of clothing which was a delight for me. If I had had more money at the time, I surely would have gone crazy. I bought a dress and a sweater for 30 quid and wear them whenever I can. (One is a really short sailor dress, so you can imagine there aren’t too many occasions where it’s appropriate.)
The further you venture into the market, you find more shops with a larger variety of items — and a few food shops. I’m not sure if this is still technically part of the market, or just part of the neighborhood, but it’s just across the river.
Just a few booths down from the cupcakes was the foot sucking fish booth. You sit on a booth and soak your feet in a tub filled with these little fish that suck your feet. The idea is they remove gross stuff from your feet.. and just.. yeah. I can’t do it.
I spent the next day at the Tate Modern Museum checking out the various free exhibits they had to offer — always my favorite way to travel, free.
I think the Tate was probably my favorite museum in London because the exhibits were so different from each other (and anything I’ve ever seen before) while still having the common thread of art. Art for me, is supposed to evoke an emotion. My art tends to evoke feelings of warmth and happiness for me and that seems to be my thing. I love to explore the works of others and see what they wanted to get across. I also love seeing the different mediums that inspire people to create their art work. For me, I love glass, wood, glitter and fabric. Anyways. Tate Modern is great. Check it out if you’re in London.
With my time at the Tate coming to a close, I wandered down the South Bank…
…and found this guy! I love the street performers, and I must admit this was one I had not seen before. Super cool.
And then I came across this tree. At the time there was nothing I wanted more than to fall in love.. and a short time after moving home, I did just that. I also found carpentry, sewing and sculpting so clearly coming back was the right choice .
A couple days later I went to the British Museum with Chelsea Menzies — aka my best friend’s equally awesome sister. There were exhibits from just about every corner of the globe — including the Rosetta Stone (which I was then informed is not just a language learning software…) and a decent selection of mummies, pimp goblets, dishes, paintings, sculptures, coins, medals and so on. All and all a great time — and once again. Free! Yahoo!
After seeing the ‘circus’ itself, we walked over to Hamley’s toy shoppe — the greatest Toy Store I’ve ever been to (Toys R Us in Time Square is a close second for sure.) In the five floors you get to see girls world, boys world, baby stuff, legos, playmobil, video games, outdoor games, learning games, board games, action figures and so on. I can’t wait to go back one day — perhaps with children in tow. Now look at this amazing Lego corgi!
Now for the final bit of my tourist time in London… well it was actually outside of London at the Harry Potter studio tour! I had gone on the tour on behalf of my step-sister and friend Sandra, but ended up really enjoying myself. The sets, props, costumes and animatronics were truly incredible. The amount of time (and money) gone into these movies is just more than I could imagine. I’d love to be able to create a world like J.K.’s and have movies to follow. Maybe one day! Anyhow, here are a few of my favorite shots. We have Dumbledore’s office, the Weasley household, Diagon Alley and the Night Bus!
Well I do believe that is it for this London Love post. I had such a wonderful time there, and that really is because of Wayne. He welcomed me into his home, cooked with me, laughed with me, sang with me, danced with me, and helped me feel better about myself and everything I was going through at the time. So thank you Wayne, though you’re over an ocean away, you’re still my rock.
As for the Uk, I’m looking forward to venturing back there one day and making it to Brighton so I can go to the beach AND Legoland. Two of my favorite things. I’ll also probably make my way to Ireland and Scotland to visit some castles.
Anyhow, time for bed so I can get up early to get working on the bathroom so that I can post pictures soon!
Have a wonderful day, and if you have a London story, please share it below in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!