And there we are, the last bits and bobs of my London trip. Midterms are all done and my papers are handed in! On y va!

Day 4 of the trip consisted of visiting Greenwich during the day, and going to a very peculiar place at night. I’ve got no photos of that but I’ll try to fully explain.

We took a boat, from near the Parliament to Greenwich’s Cutty Sark. An interesting trip along the Thames. After arriving in Greenwich we got a little spare time to fix ourselves some lunch and take a quick look around before going up. The Greenwich Market had some great food stalls where I got my ‘tempura bento’. For some it might look a bit crappy but daaaaaamn, stuff was good!!

At dinner we got around to go to Jamie’s Italian. The burger in my first London post was from here. I couldn’t help myself to go for some signature pasta and a bit of greens on the side with homemade lemonade. SO GOOD.

The place we visited at night was the Dennis Severs’ House. A very peculiar on 18 Folgate St. Peculiar though, because I can’t find a better word to describe it. The place gave me the chills in a good way. Let’s not beat around the bush: Dennis Severs’ House is a place where in the 20th century this guy called Dennis Severs came from America to live in the Britain he loved from the British novels he read: the 18th and 19th century Britain. He stripped the house from electricity and everything modern and well… I’m not telling you all he then did because there’s Wikipedia for those interested (and I’m lazy like that). But I will tell you that when you visit, you enter this house were people from these past centuries ‘just left’. You actually get to go two centuries back in time and you feel like you just missed the people who live there. There’s really no electricity or central heating, it’s all candles and fireplaces. There’s food, fresh flowers and urine in the little pot beside the bed. You smell and see everything (maybe more than you want). I’d say you feel like an intruder, that’s how I felt.

Day 5 was reserved for visiting the Horniman Museum and Gardens and going back home around 1pm. You should know, I will never ever take the bus to London again from Amsterdam, or the other way around.

I guess you can see I was a bit tired on the last day. This concludes my London trip for now… I have loads of pictures left still, but I don’t feel like going on about this trip. Have a good Sunday!

Second part of my London trip. I’ve been putting all my mind and energy to studying and jotting down stuff for my papers which are due Monday. But here I am, procrastinating, I had no peace until I showed you guys some of the things I saw over at the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Harrods and during the rest of my stay on day 3 in London.

All of these and the coming few pictures are over at the British Museum. While I’ve been to London before, I never have gotten around visiting this huge and immensely popular place. We had a very interesting talk about the results of the visitor research inside the British Museum. Very unusual findings that changed my view a bit of the museums in London, in a positive way.

After the talk we got some time to check out the museum on our own. A classmate/dear friend and I decided to check out the ‘most important’ things on the ground floor and then just work our way from the top floor (Japan section) to downstairs again. Unfortunately the Korea section was closed, but led to an interesting little paper in the lift.

I thought it was so polite of the museum that they put the information up in Korean, but it made me think too… this might have started a whole thing in my head, it’s possible that I might have been putting too much thought in this.

The one with the pills might confuse you, but if you’re ever near the British Museum and you don’t know this yet I suggest you go check it out. It’s not gorgeous, but it’s kind of brilliant: from Cradle to Grave. It’s a very, very long display with all the pills/medicine a person takes (is possible to take?) in their lifetime. I thought it was brilliant, definitely worth a look!

National Portrait Gallery is a strange place to be, when you’re not British. I actually thought I knew some of the famous people over there, but there’s really not a chance I knew over 10 percent of everyone displayed there. Probably has to do that there was way too much stuff with the Tudors going on and I couldn’t find Jane Austen who supposedly is presented too. Our group tried a bit of the ‘Campaign for Drawing’, we were assigned to not look at the paper and just at the object we were meant to be drawing. I suggest you guys try it sometime, it changes your perspective a bit.

Harrods was already getting ready for Christmas again, it reminded me a bit of last year. And as my little tradition seems to go: my visit to the Harrods Food Halls and Ladurée weren’t out of the question. Of course I got myself two cupcakes this time… and a lovely box of macarons. I know I keep telling how I would like Ladurée to come to Amsterdam… but it would definitely make me fat and homeless. Yikes! Their stuff is so expensive TT_TT

More next time, have great weekend folks!

London, dear London. I figured blog-titles look so much more sleek and intellectual when written in French. Here’s where I tell you how much I enjoyed yet another trip to London. To be honest I’ve not been feeling too happy about my pictures, but maybe that the lazy inside me talking since I told myself every day last week to go on blogging. It’s a bit of a mismatch of pictures, part two will be prettier, I promise!

London has been incredibly good to me, yet this past week (since arriving back home that is) I’ve been incredibly tired. Maybe that’s a good sign… I’ve been doing quite a lot when I was gone. During my stay in London I’ve also been doubting where I should do my internship next year… oh decisions, decisions!

We’ve visited several places during the week, after arriving on Monday around 3 pm we rushed and got ready to leave for a little walk around the city towards Tate Modern, one of my favourites in London. Last time I visited I got to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibit, this time I saw a few Rothko’s which I liked quite a bit more than in the books I use for studying. Later that night a few friends and I hit a pub for some fish and chips plus some beer… how could we not?

We’ve walked around for a bit after that, and then I got myself a Cadbury cream egg (Halloween edition, obviously). – Oh, on a side note… the hostel we were staying at was pretty horrid so if you’re planning on a good and cheap-ish stay in London, don’t go to Driscoll’s House on New Kent Road!

On Tuesday we got to do our city tour, a little assignment we had to prepare before hand (it’s a studytrip after all). Later that day we visited the Kensington Palace, which had a gorgeous exhibition on Victoria.

Later that day we got our asses over to a shopping spree around Oxford Street. Dinner at Kimchee was one of the best ideas I had that week. After hearing Shini from Park & Cube about it on her blog and instagram I couldn’t help myself. You may or may not already know about my love for Japanese cuisine, Korean cuisine is currently growing on me as well. Although the amount of spiciness should still be limited quite a bit… Choosing the bulgogi hotpot was my second best idea… although everything at the table looked and smelled scrumptious.

Alrighty, more next time folks. Have a good weekend!