i was lost until i found you

#sorrynotsorry, I would have liked to have the second half of my London Weekend post up yesterday, but I’ve been busy writing 3 papers that I’ve had to get done before I leave for Ireland tomorrow….no worries M & D the essays are done, finally.

Like I said, I had wished I joined in on the demonstration but I had places to be and needed to find my lost mates. I followed the advice of Suz and crossed the Westminster bridge, headed towards the eye. As I was walking down the steps leading up to the eye I see my friends casually eating ice cream. Tg, we were finally reunited. Though, it might not have been for that long it was a relief to finally see some familiar faces.

IMG_4769Photos: the eye

From there we prepared for our sunset ride on the eye. And I was absolutely beyond excited, as it might have been the thing I was looking most forward to doing over the weekend. We got in line with the group and boy was that our downfall….since there were about 40 of us, they decided to cram up all into one pod thingy, or whatever they are called. So of course all 40 of us are trying to get pictures in the same spot. It was uncomfortable and super annoying as some people just resfused to move. How rude. They really should have split us up.

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Huge. Disappointment. Don’t get me wrong riding the eye was great, the views are unbeatable, but the set up, not so much. Regardless I still took about 1000 photos on the ride and I can’t wait to hopefully (fingers crossed) ride it again when my fam bam comes in a few weeks. Maybe the second time round will be better than the first, lolol.

After our spin was over we headed to get some food…and I don’t want to talk about it.

IMG_4737 IMG_4729 IMG_4727 IMG_4726 IMG_4724Photos: more on the eye, and riverside

So, that brings to me Sunday. We headed over to the Tower of London, which was a short walk from the hotel. This would be the one good thing about the hotels location but, it was pretty much sh*t in terms of getting to everything else in the city. Not that I don’t like taking the tube, in fact I really like taking the tube…it was just so far east of EVERYTHING. And it was in some sketchy alley….just no.

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Anyways we headed inside and honestly I did’t really know what I expected because I had never really heard of it before this weekend. Once inside I was pleasantly surprised, it was like it’s own little village. I enjoyed spending the morning walking around and stalking the Beef-Eaters (to get pics). The Tower is also where the crown jewels are held so that was a must see…and let me tell you. These things were f***ing incredible. Seriously, unlike anything I have ever seen before. Sorry no pics were allowed inside or else I would have taken countless.

IMG_4664 IMG_4681 IMG_4684 IMG_4692 IMG_4675 IMG_4689 IMG_4665 IMG_4686 IMG_4646 IMG_4654Photos: in and around the tower of london, last one is a Beef-Eater…

But, seriously if you are ever in London, go to the the and see the crown jewels, you will not be disappointed. I promise you. These things were just on a whole different level.

IMG_4663Photo: the entrance, because I couldn’t take photos inside, I at least wanted a photo to acknowledge the fact that I saw them

After that we headed over to Old Spitalfield’s Market, a Sunday Market in east London. It was fun to walk around and see all the vendors and buy a few sweet treats too. By then our feet were absolutely killing us so we hopped on the tube, made a quick stop at Piccadilly for some souvenirs and then headed to the station to relax before our train.

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And, it felt so good to be back in Leeds and my own bed on Sunday night. London was incredible, it never ceases to amaze me and I can’t wait to go back. I still have a list of things I’ve yet to do. I know London will always be calling my name.

And now, I’m off to Ireland. I hope I get to pet a sheep!

Enjoy.

~meesh

P.S. Sorry the rest of the photos aren’t up on flickr yet, I have been having some problems with uploading them lately….

getting lost

400 plus pictures and a 3 hour train ride later I’m back from my weekend trip to London. Cheers to the photos but definitely not to the long ride. After a good night sleep it’s safe to say I’m ready to share the inside scoop about my weekend in the big city.

After arriving on Friday afternoon and taking the tube over to the hotel motel (a little Pitbill reference for ya… 😉 ) I was an eager beaver to get things started, mainly because for dinner that night we’d be dining at Pizza Express which is a super popular pizza chain in the UK and I’d been dying to try it and also craving pizza. It was pretty much everything I’d imagined it plus 5 glorious plates of dough balls….

IMG_4569Photo: my pizza

From there we headed to the theater to see ‘The 39 Steps’ and proceeded to be seated in the 2nd row, needless to say we had an up close and personal experience with the actors. Not quite sure what the play was about but at the end they had these foam bubbles fall from the ceiling to look like snow and so we got snowed on, best part by far.

IMG_5012Photo: theater entrance

Since the show was at the Piccadilly Circus once it let out we were in the heart of the city. Even though it was around 10ish the circus was full of people straight relaxing all cool. Since we weren’t dressed for the swanky SoHo clubs we found a pub and enjoyed a cider before taking the tube back from the night.

IMG_5025 IMG_5027 IMG_5028 IMG_5020 IMG_5014Photos: Piccadilly at night

After grabbing some food Saturday morning we began our coach tour with our guide Suz. And, like me tell you Suz, was fing amazing, as many things in London were…. I’m actually so obsessed with the name Suz that I now need to give the name Suz to something in my life, maybe I’ll buy a plant or something.

IMG_4924 IMG_4917Photos: crossing bridges 

Anyways Suz and Philip (our bus driver) took us all around the city we even got to hop off a few places…including the market where Diagon Alley was filmed in Harry P, the Prince Albert memorial and to see the tail end of the changing of guard where some B, almost ruined my view…. IMG_4937 IMG_4930 IMG_4927 IMG_4935 IMG_4914  IMG_5004 IMG_4997 IMG_4960 IMG_4979 IMG_4982 IMG_4975 Photos: Diagon Alley market, Prince Albert and changing of the guards

From there we went to lunch in Chinatown, Suz even joined. If you can’t tell this lady was the sh*t. Lunch though, was highly disappointing…like we didn’t even get fortune cookies, enough said. After that we headed up to the British Museum to be really intellectual and stuff, needless to say we didn’t stay long.

IMG_4906 IMG_4904 IMG_4901 IMG_4899Photos: Chinatown

From there we headed down to Trafalgars Square and then to Parliamentary Square. Now, this is where things get interesting. London is a crowded place and people do not know how to walk….can some please tell me which side is the correct side of the sidewalk to walk on?!?!?!!?!?!

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Soooo I lost the group, leaving yours truly alone in the city. But, no worries it was totally fine. I proceeded to act like I knew what I was doing so it was chill. I snapped a bunch of pics and picked up a few postcards and totally blended in. Some lady even came up to me asking for directions so clearly I looked like I belonged….

IMG_4836 IMG_4834 IMG_4848Photos: wandering alone

Since the weather was beautiful I decided to get some more pics of my love, Ben and then walked into a demonstration going on near there, no I didn’t join in, but looking back I kind of wish I did….

IMG_4828 IMG_4827 IMG_4813 IMG_4805 IMG_4821 IMG_4796 IMG_4789 IMG_4779 IMG_4783 IMG_4780 IMG_4776Photos: mostly of ben, some of Westminster, the river and the eye

But because, I ramble and everyone loves a good cliff hanger I’ll stop here…will I ever be reunited with my baes or will I be forever lost?

Enjoy.

~meesh

P.S. Still working on getting the majority of the pic up on my flickr, stay tuned loves.

london adventure part 1

Only someone as crazy as myself would decide to buy a train ticket into London at 5:05am, why? because I wanted to buy what was cheapest…After managing to get up and get ready at 4 in the morning to make my train I then realized I would be walking through the streets of Leeds alone at this hour. Let’s just say that it wasn’t my best idea, but I was comforted by the fact that when I was getting up and ready to go my flatmates where just getting in from the night out, so I figured how bad could it be?

Don’t worry mom and dad, I clearly made it to the train safe and sound but never again. (insert emoji of the girl making an x with her arms)…So by the time I got into the London the sun had just come up, it had rained all night and there was a ton of moisture in the air, needless to say when I stepped off the train my hair was a mess within minutes, which is why I got no pictures of myself #sorrynotsorry.

IMG_4326 IMG_4324 IMG_4323 IMG_4320 IMG_4304Photos: Taken somewhere near Oxford Circus

I managed to find my way over to Oxford Circus, where I planned to meet meet a friend in front of the H&M there. First, Google maps I don’t know why you took me off the beaten path to get there….but whatever I made it. And, second there just so happened to be 3 different H&M’s within a block from Oxford Circus so I proceeded to check all 3. But like really 3 separate H&M’s within a 3 block radius, I like H&M but not that much…

IMG_4310 IMG_4313 IMG_4300 IMG_4293Photos: Telephone booth and cool lion statue

Whatever…so we finally found each other tg or else we’d have been screwed. And because of course I plan nothing really in advance we decided to just wander in the general direction of where we needed to go. And after walking through some semi-mysterious crushed gravel courtyard, we found ourselves approaching Parliament Square, where a guard proceeded to scare the sh*t of me. But I was totally fine, although it was slightly creepy.

IMG_4288 IMG_4282 IMG_4276 IMG_4285Photos: Creepy guard and odd courtyard

None of that mattered, when I caught my first glimpse of him. Big Ben. I don’t know how many years I have dreamed about getting to see him in real life but it was pretty much just as I imagined it would be x100. I was literally about to cry but I held my tears back for the sake of my friend, Tom. So, I obviously proceed to take about a million pictures, which definitely don’t do Big Ben any justice. Seriously he’s so much more beautiful in person.

IMG_4272 IMG_4269 IMG_4263 IMG_4256 IMG_4248Photos: It was love a first sight…

Once I stopped gushing over Big Ben, we realized we couldn’t feel our fingers so we stopped in a few souvenir shops to pick a few things and of course warm up. Once we felt slightly revitalized we headed towards the river because we need to cross to get to Borough Market where we were meeting our other friend before the football game. And, I honestly have no idea how we got there because neither of us really had a clue.

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We finally got there and the smell of food made me realize how hungry I was in seeing I had nothing since I’d woken up at 3:30 that morning. So we found this cheap looking hole in the wall sort of place and figured, ok sure. I have to say when we walked in I was quite intimidated. I was literally like one of 2 girls in the place and it was clear we were tourists because I had my camera around my neck.

IMG_4227 IMG_4226Photos: View from the other side of the river

I think I’ll stop here for now before I start to bore you, but this was only half the day. We hadn’t even been to the football game which was the reason for my trip into London in the first place. So I guess it’s to be continued….

Enjoy.

~meesh

More London city photos here.