His last night in London

London, Photography, Quotes

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So today, I had my internship till 18:00, which meant no daytime hanging out. Fortunately, he got to show himself Camden Market and visit the inside of the Tower of London! With pictures to prove it! And he bought me the most ADORABLE little Paddington Bear dressed up as a Beefeater. SO good to me! I’m still deciding what to name him.

After reuniting after a long day, we walked around the little souvenir shops around Bayswater Tube Station and eventually decided to eat dinner at the Black Lion, the local pub. Things did not work out and I didn’t get the yorkshire pudding like I wanted but nonetheless, a hearty meal. We decided to spend his last night in London down by the water again.
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And some Keats I found in Westminster Tube Station on the way back.
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London escalator etiquette

Geeky Obsessions, London

WHY MUST THEY BE DIFFICULT? Was always my first underground thought of the day. Because Londoners stand on the right-hand side of escalators despite the fact that they insist on driving on the left. Why? Are they really just difficult? Did they originally drive on the right-hand side? Do they admire American escalator etiquette?

Answer: They inherited the behavior from a film! Underground, the first film to use extensive footage of the Tube, “shows how the design of early escalators meant that it was important to step off with the right foot.”

Bravo to The Times for making Lindsey’s life in London impossibly easier.

Second day at internship

London, Work Abroad

Internship went the exactly the same as it did yesterday, but at least I was expecting it. Thursday I’m supposedly going to an art fair with some coworkers, but I’m not holding my breath. Oh well, I guess this is what it feels like to be at the very bottom–I just thought I’d be doing some journalism work at all instead of the marketing crap.

I rushed home at 6 to get in my comfy bed and relax. Melissa came home with her friend Alison from home around 7 and the three of us went to Stanhope Arms for some food (BBQ chicken wings and nacho chips with water) and lots of good chatting and catching up. I justify the money-spending with needing to let go of the stress of the past two days. Afterwards, I bought a chocolate croissant at Tesco before heading home to deal with the noise of our room. Finally got to have a decent conversation with Mark too, which always makes me feel happy and loved and special and worth something ❤ He is so good to me. Anyways, am listening to more Leisure Society (LOVE them. For multiple reasons) and am going to take a much-needed hot shower before going to bed early. I needed a lot of things today! My bed, good eats, chocolate, Mark, Leisure Society, shower = ingredients for sure survival of bad days.

I also feel like I need to have a picture here just to balance out my intense narrative. Hmm.

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There’s a fat cat for you, seen in Wath on the way to Christine’s house. Sleepy and ADORABLEEEE.

Mom & Dad visit: Day Four

London, Pubs

So I didn’t go to the Rugby game yesterday like I mentioned, but I forgot to say that I didn’t go because traveling to and from the game cost more than the ticket and it wasn’t worth it. Oh well.

Today I got up at 8am to pick up my take-home exam paper, which I researched and wrote until 2. 2-3 I had another internship briefing (useless) and at 3 I walked to the library to finalize my exam papers, print them out, and hand them in to the office. I spent until around 5 reading and gathering my notes for my AH exam tomorrow. Then I went to the hotel and napped with Mom till Dad showed up at 6:15. Because Mom wasn’t feeling well, Dad and I had another pub dinner at Stanhope. I ordered fish & chips and cleaned the plate! We sat around and chatted for a while before heading home so I could study, but that hasn’t happened yet. So far, I’ve only packed a little and spent the rest of the time looking at pictures online. I’m clearly a waste of space. Tomorrow: exam from 9-11am and then picking up the car to go to Yorkshire for the week ❤

Mom & Dad visit: Day Three

Architecture, London

The day went like this:
Woke up at 8, took a shower at 10, got ready and went to Holborn with Melissa only to find out that the store we were going to visit is closed on Sundays. So I went back to the hotel room and read for a little and napped for a little before my parents came back. Then, while Dad was napping, Mom and I researched car rentals and then went shopping on High Street Kensington. I got two lovely new shirts from Laura Ashley because Mommy is the best ever ❤ When all the stores closed at six, we went back to get Dad and then the three of us took the Tube to Victoria and looked around. Went to a restaurant called The Shakespeare where I got Chicken Tikka Masala–a delectable Indian dish. Then we walked to Buckingham Palace which was glowing and beautiful.
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We strolled down the St. James’s Park Mall before ending up at Westminster Abbey and Parliament again. The moon was foggy and mysterious but it didn’t come out well on camera.
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Mummy and Daddy in London!
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Not a soul in sight. At 10pm Sunday night, London sleeps.
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We waited till 10pm to hear Big Ben chime. I took a really good video but alas, it cannot be uploaded easily and I was dumb and taped it vertically, which means the image is tilted. But it was a really powerful moment—the chiming of the bell—even with all the surrounding loud traffic. I doubt I will ever tire of walking around the city of Westminster.

Mom & Dad visit: Day Two

Architecture, London

Absolutely knackered, so I’ll try and keep it brief.

This morning I met Mom & Dad at 11. We went to Trafalgar Square to tour the National Gallery and see fair doses of Rubens, Reynolds, Constable, and even a Leonardo. Then we Tubed it to St. Paul’s to take a look inside the cathedral and walk around the area, where we found the Central Court.
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Justice.
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Then we walked across the very windy Millennium Bridge and visited Tate Modern. There was some pretty weird stuff in there, like an entire palm tree tipped over and coated in gray paint, rope tangled in a pile, three vacuums encased in glass, and a canvas covered with a mirror. However, there was a fair share of notables: Braque, Duchamp, Klee, Rothko, Pollock, Warhol. We were really tired though so we blew through a lot of rooms. A view after one of the Abstract Expressionism rooms:
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I am definitely planning a trip back, especially to see the Pop Art exhibit now on view.

We took a nap at the hotel before going out to Green Door Steak House for dinner, where I ordered two delicious Midori Sour’s and my meal: braised steak with mushrooms and pale ale pastry pie with mashed potatoes. Wonderful. Mom and Dad went to check out Piccadilly Circus but I opted to stay in for the night and get some rest. Tomorrow: studying, and then a Rugby game!