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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington January 23rd 2013

Finally with a 12 hour flight to Helsinki and a 3 hour transit, I've finally arrived at London. Like a very exciting little kid, I was shouting within myself when the plane arrived, greeted with slight snow and an awesome weather (as compared to scorching heat). Well, firstly it is my first encounter with snow, like REAL snow, and secondly, the weather is too cooling (or Shiok in Singaporeans' terms!) for an Asian who experiences summer all year round. Thanks to my friend, George, I manage to reside my heavy luggages safely with him, before a short walk around London, near Gloucester Road and Kensington area. And I also got a quick tour of Imperial College which is in the area. Well, that was when a series of 'what-ifs' came up to me. Already been accepted ... read more
Kensington Station
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington May 29th 2012

Even though the semester was over, my adventures were not. Mom got to London on Monday early in the morning, and I met her at the airport. We dropped all of her stuff at the hotel and drank some tea so that she could regain energy. Then we headed to the Latin Quarter to get a canal tour. What we didn’t think about, though, was that we needed cash to get on the boat! Although we missed the first boat, we got time to sit down for a snack and got on a different tour. The tour was very nice, and went through a lot of London, even Regent’s park. It ended at Camden, and mom and I got off to shop. I took her to some of the cheap stands to get lunch. Although it ... read more
Regent's Canal Tour
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington January 6th 2012

I said to the bartender tonight, after watching a match on ESPN. "Of course you do," he said, "you're American." Which is the kind of anti-American joke I appreciate. It's funny, it's not mean-spirited (after this, he did answer my question), and I had walked right into it. I won't say it fits us, because I was friends with plenty of people on the women's rugby team at Hamilton (undergrad), so I know plenty of Americans who understand the game. Still, funny. The kind of culture-banter I appreciate. Even though I'm American and we don't understand sarcasm (see what I did there?). Anyway... Twice now I've landed in London at night, and both times the pilot has circled directly over the city before going into Heathrow. Maybe there's some complicated pilot-reason why they need to loop ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington December 1st 2011

Well, we arrived and I remember why I loved London the first time I ever visited back in 2001. London is magical. Even with a third of the city buildings covered with scaffolding due to the “sprucing up” taking place for the upcoming Olympics, London has an exciting pulse. Jim and I tried to pick up on that pulse when we arrived on Wednesday, but to be perfectly honest we dragged ourselves around from the time we arrived at 6:30 am until 1:00 pm when we were allowed to check into our room and threw ourselves fully clothed onto the bed for a nap. We walked over to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, but the palace is being remodeled for the Olympics this summer and the Public Rooms are hosting modern art exhibits, so we skipped ... read more
Cabby Stand
Kensington Palace
Jim Phones Home

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington November 29th 2011

Here we are getting ready to go to London dreading our arrival there because we just heard that the customs agents will all be on strike when we arrive. Thank goodness we booked a driver to pick us up! They emailed to let us know what to expect. Up to 8 hours wait at the airport to go through customs! Yuk!... read more

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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington November 26th 2011

The Natural History Museum is one of those wonderful Victorian buildings, so abundant in London, that draws your eye before you even get close. The architecture itself makes the museum a truly remarkable place before you have even stepped into the main entrance. Of course, when you do step in, you are greeted by a diplodocus, or at least the carefully welded-together bones of a diplodocus that probably died around 150 million years ago. The bones don’t stop there though; a huge section of dinosaurs contains dozens of nearly perfectly preserved dinosaurs and fossils, and by the time we were through the ‘blue zone’, maybe a quarter of the whole museum, it was approaching twilight outside, and once again we sacrificed the completeness of the visit for moving on to somewhere new. The Natural History Museum ... read more
The Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum, again

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington October 17th 2011

After my theatre class today we walked over to the Gore Hotel for a British afternoon tea. I was really excited for this because I had been told to bring an appetite and to dress up a little for this. Anything that I can get dressed up for and have some food is an automatic win in my book. The hotel was gorgeous! It was a large, dimly lit room with elaborate wall paper and furnishings. Very comfortable velvet chairs and the table was quite beautifully decorated as well with a large cylinder candle in a large vase and white table cloths. The first thing they brought out of course was the tea and coffee. You can pour milk in the tea and sweeten it with either white or brown sugar. So of course I did ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington September 6th 2011

Monday was the first day of class! Well I only have class in the afternoon so it isn't bad at all. The theatre class is going to be great fun. It seems as if all we do is watch plays and write reviews and maybe read a review here or there. We don't have an actual class for another 3 weeks because we are going on tours and just watching plays for the weeks in between. This is such a wonderful relaxed place. The actual place that we have our classes in is actually quite nice. There's a nice garden that you walk through in order to get to the classroom which is surprising once again especially because you go from a street which is building after building and then just go through this building a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington August 28th 2011

The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park has reopened after extensive work by specialist gardeners, who flew in from Japan to work on the space.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington April 26th 2011

Flying premium class is always better when you know someone else on the same flight who is flying economy. And they are stuck in a seat where it's so small and doesn't recline very far they bitch about not getting any sleep on the flight. (when you slept 5 hours). and are pissed that the only good movies to watch were on the first three channels of the flight which are available to premium class only. And they didn't get enough food on the flight. Arrived safe and sound, and decided to pay to take Karen (a former co-worker who was on her way to holiday in morroco) with me to the priority pass lounge at the sofitel hotel at Gatwick so she could get some of the sorely missed food on the plane she was ... read more




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