London…anniversary

Yesterday marked 4 years of being married. Jeff and I thought it appropriate to not take pictures or give any recap and let our anniversary just be ours…not for anyone else.

Be back tomorrow.

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July 9, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

London…H. Potter Premier, British Museum, Big Ben, and sneaking into Hamlet

Ok I want to start out with something that I’ve been thinking about. I realize on my blog posts I’m not the best writer. This saddens me because I do have the capacity to be a pretty delightful, intriguing, witty, and even inspired writer. That, unfortunately for me, takes a considerable amount of time. And if I spent the time to make my writing great, the reality is that I wouldn’t have anything to write about. So…you must put up with my bad grammar, wrong spelling, rambling thoughts, and unparalleled structure.

Now…onto yesterday. Yesterday was one of the best days we’ve had in London thus far. It started off with a tremendous downpour of rain which put me in a retched mood but that was just for a hot second. We went to the British Museum, raj across the world premier of Harry Potter and were THIS CLOSE to the cast, came home for a nap, saw Big Ben, went to check out Shakespear’s Globe Theatre and weren’t expecting to see Hamlet because tickets have been sold out for 2 months but when we arrived it was on intermission and we decided to try to sneak on with the crowd when they went back in. It worked! We got to see the second half of Hamlet for free! It was glorious! I think I liked the sneaking in part just as much as the Hamlet part. Then we walked back home on happened upon St. peter’s Cathedral, and Fleet Street! It was a great great day.

Rain:

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British Museum:

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Harry Potter Premier…if you look at the stage you can see the cast of HP!

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Big Ben:

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Thames River and Roasted Nuts:

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theate:

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Walking home – blurry St. Peter’s & fleet St.

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July 8, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

London…Wicked, Walking Tours, and the best Indian food I’ve ever had

Not much time for a long post but London yesterday was fantastic. We went to Wicked, and on the way walking to the show, we passed right by Buckingham Palace which was a bonus! Then we walked around the city lots enjoying the sights and English culture. Next we went on a walking tour which focused mostly on Virginia Wolf but our guide also touched on many literary figures. Fact: while fueling the revolution in Russia by writing propaganda from the British Library, Lenon made money by being a tour guide of London.
We finished the night by eating the best Indian food I have ever had in my life (yes, mom…better than Cedars! which I wouldn’t have thought possible, although they did not have chai or the dipping sauce for the naan)

While our hostel is nuts, we have come to see it as temporary home and we both slept quite well even though the sound of the crazy night streets, jackhammers, and what sounded like garbage trucks ALL NIGHT LONG played as our soundtrack from 11pm- 9am.

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July 7, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Leaving Dublin. Arriving in London. Adventures and the grossest Chinese food known to man.

We are on to London. Today was very low key. We hung at the house and then Chels and I went to a 4 story Forever 21 in Dublin. It was the coolest thing. Made me wish that I packed no clothes so I could buy all their unbelievably stylish clothes. Nothing like in the states.
Once again, America Sucks.
Then we came home, hung out, packed, and mentally prepared for London. You see, jeff and I think we’re really adventurous and all that but we also like our comfort. London will be the most uncomfortable city on our months stay because it is incredibly public (reviews say that women run downs the halls in only the g-strings) and also incredibly central (it is in Piccadilly Circus which apparently, is London’s Times Square). Being introverts, I am VERY curious how we will fare. Nothing about the next days will be private: the rooms sleep 6 (guys and girls), the bathrooms are public, and they say the showers are pretty gross, the noise is unbearable, and the experience is once in a lifetime. I’m pretty excited if I’m going to be perfectly honest and the only thing I’m nervous about is our stuff being safe while we’re out during the day (the website says there are lockers, the reviews say their broken).

Getting to the hostel was quite the adventure…even though we got off the tube (subway) around 11:45pm, Piccadilly Circus was bustling. It felt more like there was an eclipse than almost midnight. So we checked into our hostel…and boy oh boy…it sure is a hostel. We’re probably some of the older people there and everyone seems to be sick with a very contagious “illness” called Travel Bug. We were given our sheets after we checked in and they were “clean” but there were still lots of stains on them which made them seem less clean than they probably are. Our room sleeps 6 but only 4 of us slept there (apparently the 2 Swedish people who are also staying in our room are either on an excursion or kidnapped into the sex slave trade). Maria and the other girl whose name I can’t remember are from Brazil and a pure delight.

So…being hungry Jeff and I decided to scour Piccadilly Circus to see if we could find any restaurant that was open. Much to our surprise it would have been hard to find a place NOT open. In fact at some of the places there was a wait! We settled on a Chinese food place and I can honestly say it was the grossest Chinese food I have ever had. It looked delicious, and smelled unbelievable them WHAM. After a few bites I had a hard time keeping myself from gagging. But oh well, at least it only cost $50.

Off to bed… So excited to see what tomorrow holds.

Anyways, there are few pics from today…maybe there will be more tomorrow.

Trekking to our bus stop to get to the airport:

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At the airport:

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London:

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July 6, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Kilkenny….bangers & mash, Elvis, and hidden bars

And so our third day in Ireland has come to an end. However, we moved from Dublin to a little town south called Kilkenny (every time I hear the name, I think of South Park…I wonder if they get that a lot). Kilkenny is gorgeous and as I walk around the city I can’t help but feel that two separate centuries are currently overlapping. There’s the modern cars, ATMs and such on the backdrop of cobbled streets, craggily brick and stone buildings, and signs that indicate a pub or butcher was est. BEFORE our entire country.

Getting to Kilkenny was quite the adventure because even though our driver, Adam has lived here for a while, he doesn’t have a car here and driving is still very new to him. Not only did he have to deal with driving on the other side of the car and the other side of the road, but charging gears on the stick shift were also opposite! It was easier once we got onto the freeway, but the little (and I do mean LITTLE) streets in the towns on either side was pretty tricky. But Adam was a master of the daunting, and with the navigating from his first mate, Chels is seemed easy peasy lemon easy.

My highlight of the day was as we were heading back to the hotel from dinner at the pub we spotted this adorable gift shop/grocery store which Chels and I wanted to stop in at. The greatest surprise greeted us at the very back when we saw two tiny black swinging doors with the sign “BAR” above. What is this?! Could it be? A hidden bar? Lo and behold…it was the cutesy little bar and it was completely empty (a rarity by way of our experience of bars in Ireland). So of course we had to stop and enjoy this little quaint bar, which we did for about 2 hours. Overall, it was a great day.

Walking a pretty far way to the car rental place:

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Driving to Kilkenny:

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Our hotel:

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Sights walking around Kilkenny:

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The above picture is when the owner of one of the pubs we went to let Adam pull a pint of beer. Pretty fun.

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That adorable hidden bar I was talking about:

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July 4, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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