On Sunday we made our way back to London AND WHY WHY GOD THE BUS BROKE DOWN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. When the bus windows were sealed shut with no air conditioning, things turned very Lord of the Flies very quickly. People starting talking about who we would eat if things turned to cannibalism and tensions were running high. The other two buses turned around and picked us up. #dramatic
Thankful to be back in lovely London. I’ve been here awhile now and my little flat is starting to feel so comfortable and like my little home. Here are some more London highlights:
(1) Newdlez & Co: Street vendor Pad Thai stand in Waterloo. 6 pounds will get you an order of shrimp Pad Thai plus a spring roll. Walk 10 minutes and enjoy it by the Thames.
This past weekend we went on a school sponsored trip to Liverpool, England & Wales.
Here’s how that went:
Liverpool: Initially, when they told us we were going to Liverpool, I thought “Oh cool, birthplace of the Beatles, alright seems interesting”. No. We stepped off the bus and got hit with some bad vibes. The entire town is a giant mall and the nightlife made me feel like I was on the Jersey Shore circa 2003. Besides the one dinky museum dedicated to the Beatles, there was barely any other reference to them. Don’t go there. I would feel bad for saying that except Liverpool just wasn’t even trying.
Wales: Wales made the trip worth it. We visited Conwy Castle & I pretended I was in Game of Thrones (Arya or Cersei, obviously). Later, we traveled to Llandudno for lunch which was a beautiful, Victorian beachside resort on the Northern coast of Wales, and took a train up to The Great Orme, which was just fields of wildflowers and breathtaking views. I broke my boot and ripped my pants from all the frolicking that took place. Well worth it & a hidden gem (we still don’t know how to pronounce Llandudno :/ )
(2) The Leighton House: Hidden in Holland Park in Kensington, it was once the 19th century residential home of Lord Frederic Leighton, whose career was actually painting, traveling and collecting art, sculptures & ceramics on those travels. Stroll through the Arab Hall and marvel at his collection of items from the Middle East and Asia.
(3) Food for Thought: A vegetarian restaurant that opened in 1974 in Covent Garden. They change the menu daily and allow for take-away and dine in. My aunt and uncle ate there throughout the 70’s, and it’s easy to see why it’s been open for so long.
Traveling out of the country this weekend. More updates to come xx