Blogs from Hammersmith, Greater London, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith February 27th 2016

We can understand everyone! - AND they drive on the left hand side of the road. Eurostar all good and we are snugged up in a little studio near Simon and Sophie's place. Nick arrived last night bearing Belgium chocolates and played for ages with the two little girls, Clara and Fleur. Today was a freezing day in London so we had to go and buy new coats! Visited Chiswick house and the surrounding gardens where there was an amazing display for the Magical Lantern Festival and a conservatory housing the oldest camellia collection outside of China. All in full flower and some with 50 cm thick trunks. The cost for a seedling of one rare species in there was 5 pounds 5 shillings, equivalent to a maid servants wages for six months! Both Chiswick house ... read more
At the magical Lantern Festival
Front of Chiswick House
Garden vista: old tree

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith September 3rd 2012

September 3 – London – Monday I caught a cab to the Hard Interchange where I bought a Senior Couchcard for £10 which gives me 1/3 off Coach fares and then bought a ticket and took the bus to London Victoria Station. I chose to take the bus instead of the train because I thought I would be able to see more scenery from the bus but this turned out not to be the case as the bus stuck to the main road all the way to London. The train would have been much more comfortable and it would have taken me into Victoria Train Station. Arriving in London’s Victoria bus station I walked over to Victoria Train Station and I then took the tube on the Piccadilly Line and District Line to Hammersmith Station which ... read more
The tube was a tad crowded

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith August 12th 2012

The whole reason I studied abroad this summer was to run rampid around the cheeky streets of London and to spend ungodly amounts of money on souvenirs, right? WRONG. As a student participating in this study abroad through the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, I am receiving 6 credits for my 3 classes and 7 credits for my internship - 13 in total. Yes, I did travel 3,963 miles from Chicago to London to experience rich British culture and a variety of new activity - the Jubilee and Olympics were just added bonuses - but I also made the trip to experience working with a proper event planning team in a foreign country. Before arriving in London, I learned that CLIC Sargent is the UK's leading cancer organization for children and young people with different ... read more
My  bosses
Windsor Racecourse
Masterpiece Midsummer Party

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith July 16th 2012

Dear All Here I am again, whiling away the last few hours before a big trip, and trying to control the nerves and channel the excitement at the same time – not easy. It is usually at this point that I ask myself why on earth do I do this – board a flight to the other side of the world with just me, myself and I (and my backpack) - but hindsight reminds me that it leads to an amazing time, and a fantastic learning experience of the world around me, the peoples, societies and cultures that make it up, which is far beyond my day to day (but far from unenjoyable) life here in London. I guess I am also just thinking too much before the huge unknown of the next few weeks, so ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith March 30th 2012

Dear All The Easter Holidays are upon us, and my travels are just about to get another kick-start. Just a quick introductory blog, with one photo to summarise the trip I’ve got planned, beginning at 8am tomorrow morning as I head off to country number 68 – Egypt! Really excited about this one, though I guess I’m always excited just before a trip. But Egypt just holds so much travel potential, and as yet it is untouched on my travelling exploits so far. So much to see! First up, flying into Sharm El Sheikh with EasyJet. As opposed to a sun, sea and sand holiday, sharing the beach with the majority of European sun-seekers, I’m booked into a nice, quiet beachside Bedouin village-hotel 8km from the tourist trap. Will be using it as a base to ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith December 17th 2011

Dear All Here we are again – after another great term at school, the holidays have arrived, and I’m just about to set off on another journey to distant lands. This time I’ve decided to go somewhere a bit less out of the ordinary, with no need for exotic disease vaccinations or malarial preventatives – the USA and Canada! Yes, this time tomorrow I’ll be on a Continental Airlines flight going West, to the Big Country, and most excited about it I am too! Having been to the States twice before, but only to New York City and around, I really just can’t get enough of the country – the people, and the big big places. Compared to England and London, America is just big man! And I’m looking forward very much to being a part ... read more
The Usual Pre-Trip Photo
My Travel Buddies
And My Very Own Netbook...!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith August 26th 2011

Dear All Greetings, not this time from stunningly beautiful Africa, but from rainy, cloudy and drizzly London Town. Not that I'm complaining, it's great to be back, but the weather as we touched down at Heathrow could have been a bit more welcoming after 6 weeks in the African sun - it was foggy to the extreme. But yes, writing this message to let people know I is safely arrived home after what has proved to be just an amazing 6 weeks of travel - certainly one of my longest for a while, but not as hard-going as I'd expected. I guess since my younger days of travel, my motto of "eat well, sleep well" as I travel really paid off - paying a bit more money for some decent grub and digs made it an ... read more
Lion Pride
Preparing for the Walking Safari...!
My Chalet

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith July 18th 2011

Dear All The Summer and another holiday is upon us, and alas I have packed my bags once more in search of more exotic climes and landscapes - this time the Southern African countries of Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia for just under 6 weeks. It has been a while since I last set foot in sub-Saharan Africa, and also a while since embarking on such a long trip - this certainly feels like one of my greater challenges in terms of trips over recent years. I must confess, I am a tad nervous, and even though I always am before a trip, along with some amazing places and sights, there are some places I'll be visiting which are somewhat off-the-beaten track, and not comparatively easy to get around. On the positive side, it should make ... read more
The Guides
All Packed and Ready to Go!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith April 21st 2011

Dear All Greetings from London! Just arrived back in Hammersmith after what has become a really excellent journey, through an intriguing and beautiful part of the world, and certainly at a significant time in its political situation. Quite a relief to be back now to be honest, firstly as I’m now writing from the comforts of my front room, with a cold beer waiting for me in the fridge and a hot bath to be run very shortly upstairs, but mainly as things do seem to be hotting up a bit now in Syria. While my time in the country saw numerous instances of trouble brewing below the surface, and at times erupting, I do have the feeling that now the President has lifted the country’s State of Emergency, there may be rockier roads ahead. While ... read more
Me, the Valley of the Tombs
View over Damascus
The Russians: Andrey and Janna

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Hammersmith April 2nd 2011

Dear All Another school holiday is here, and the time has come for me to pack my bags and take to the road once more. This time to a bit of a political hotspot at the moment, and I leave this journey completely in God's hands. Syria and Lebanon. What a choice at the moment! But the truth is I booked my return flight to Damascus when Syria seemed to be the most stable of the Arabic countries during this current time of political upheaval in the region. Indeed, my original plan was to fly into Beirut, but I changed it to Damascus as at the time Lebanon was looking a bit dodgy, with talk of a potential civil war as the President appointed a Hezbollah-backed Prime Minister in January 2011, amidst much controversy. But it ... read more
The LP's
All Packed Up and Ready To Go

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