Uddevalla: umbrellas needed

Sweden

Rain and fog. All day. But what has this miserable, groggy day brought? Mjölk choklad! Spicy wok! Swedish shopping! Museum browsing! Boardwalking. Curling. Family bonding. This entry will be more activity-oriented, mostly about family. Let the adventure begin!

Wath & Leeds

England

Okay so, I didn’t even have 5 minutes yesterday to update! Which means things are going well but I can’t keep up with my day-to-day entry style like I want. But I have access now so I’ll try to keep it short and sweet (unlikely).

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.
palace

victoria

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.
abbey

Mummy and Daddy in London!
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Not a soul in sight. At 10pm Sunday night, London sleeps.
station

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.
court

Justice.
justice

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:
tateview

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!