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?!?!?!!?!?!

IMG_4867 IMG_4859 IMG_4865 IMG_4862 IMG_4858 IMG_4856 IMG_4854Photos: Trafalgars

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 2

Because I know you were all so anxious to hear about the second half of my day, yeah right, lol. Let’s see…

After getting a beer and ordering some food we settled in and frankly I was just happy to be able to rest since I’d pretty much been on my feet since 7. As we were sitting there, the pub started to fill up and by the time we left it was like trying to leave the club at the end of the night from the middle of the dance floor, that’s how crowded it was. When we finally managed to make it out we were greeted by a huge group of people that were hanging out, outside with their beers, the place was that full.

IMG_4090Photo: Failed attempt to show how crowded it was…

Side note: This family showed up the the pub with their 4 daughters or something like that and these girls were fairly young like in their early teens and they were just causally drinking beers with their parents and it was a little like, ok then….

By that time we figured we’d head over to the stadium. We managed to meet up with Maddy and then by some miracle not only got ourselves to the right train and made it just in time, as it was about to leave. I literally was almost running to the train because it was cold and I was determined to make it on. Which we almost didn’t fit, it was definitely a tight squeeze.

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IMG_4215Photos: the stadium

Also, forgot to mention that somehow I figured out the whole Oyster card thing and then Tom tried to convince me that I didn’t get the right card and I almost had a panic attack because I believed him. It’s fine, no worries I bought the right thing, sometimes I doubt myself too much, lol.

Anyways after a short train ride we got off and pretty much followed the crowd to the stadium. And we made it, I felt so accomplished and at the same time so far from my new home in Leeds (because I actually was).

After finding our seats and getting some advice on which team to cheer for…..apparently Millwall are “such ducks” so clearly we’d be cheering for Fulham. That worked out nicely because our seats were in the visitor section and they were the visiting team. I really wanted to get one of those like typical football scarves but being at the Millwall stadium they obviously weren’t selling any Fulham stuff 😦

IMG_4213 IMG_4206 IMG_4204 IMG_4200Photos: pre-game warmup and partner stretches 😉

And because I had my camera with my I proceeded to take about a million pictures of the players and their butts lol…good thing I brought the lens that has a really good zoom…

IMG_4197 IMG_4190Photos: pre-game handshake and huddle

The game ended in a tie, though Fulham did almost score but they called “off sides” on it which Tom said would be too confusing to explain so we just went with it. But for me, the whole experience was a definite win, there really is nothing like being in a stadium full of 90% men that are truly passionate something and also loveeee to chant about it.

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It was actually quite refreshing, aside from the chanting their was really no distractions that would take your focus off the game. They really just let the players do their thing which is something you don’t see in the US because no one can pay attention to something for more that 2 seconds….

IMG_4141 IMG_4139 IMG_4138Photo: a little halftime entertainment

Once the game ended it really hit me that I still had to get all the way back up to Leeds….and the sun was already setting. But nonetheless I’d made it this far, what was another 3 hours? I did finally make it back and it was no nice just to be home. It was a long day, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

IMG_4119 IMG_4115 IMG_4123 IMG_4103IMG_4173Photos: a few close up shots

Traveling alone showed me just how strong of a person I really am and made me realize that their is so much out their in the world waiting for me. I will be back for you London and one day it will be indefinitely, until then…

Enjoy.

~meesh

P.S. for more pics of the cute football boys click me & huge s/o to Tom for inviting me and putting up with me all day, you’re a gem

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.

IMG_4260 IMG_4247 IMG_4240 IMG_4235 IMG_4233Photos: View from waterfront

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.