MY DAYS IN PHOTOS: OCTOBER 14 & 15
Here are the first two days of my month long escape from Los Angeles. Zeen and I try Malaysian food, walk Southbank, and take turns forcing the other one to theater and museums and back again. Enjoy!?
I have way too many photos to sort through to do a weekly photos post (for the weeks in my absence) so I’ll try to do my best sharing as much as possible from my iPhone collection.
Playing an intense game of Risk on the flight over. I lost. 😦
A surprising serving of bulgogi beef as the first in flight hot meal! I’ve always loved airline food.
The fanciest airport bathroom at Heathrow
We arrived and settled into the hotel by around 2:30. Plenty of time to wander around South Kensington and maybe slip into a museum.
Royal Albert Hall
I let Zach choose between V&A and Natural History, so we went for natty history.
This picture really disturbs me – so I’ll leave it here with you! (Ostrich feet)
Dodo! The foundation of their collection is from Sir Hans Sloane, a physician and collector. He had a bunch of birds that now are extinct. That history is interesting to me.
I somehow forgot how gorgeous the interior of the building is. *woooww*
Bein’ a happy girl
A whole huge hall full of rocks and gems.
Something about this little guy reminds me of Sufi
Walking back up towards Hyde Park for a dusky romp ’round the greens
Never seen bikes parked like this. I think there Imperial College is nearby, maybe these are dorms.
Greens and grey skies, a favorite
Who’s that gurlll
I wish I brought some bread
Notes tucked away behind the Peter Pan statue
Tickled at these giant euro chocolate coins
We were near Paddington and stumbled across this Malaysian restaurant. How could you not try that??? I’ve never had Malaysian food before!
Beef rendang (which was so full of spices and savory deliciousness, seriously like nothing I’ve had before), a curry soup with noodles, and rice! GUHHH. I’m going to look up Malaysian food in LA.
A wander around Embankment to complete the evening
Zach hasn’t been to London before, so we had to do the walk up towards Big Ben and Parliament.
All capped with a beer in the cute upstairs of a pub near Charing Cross
And of course I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t have to get my hands on some salties.
I used to eat so many of these onion rings. Which are SOOOO salty (make your face feel so bloated) but are delicious. And you’ll be SO smelly for like 2 days. Good stuff.
The next morning we wandered to find wifi at a coffee/pastry chain
It was blue and rainy, but we still wanted to sit outside.
Nobody was dumb enough to sit outside with us – we’re just excited to feel chilly and sit al fresco
Wandering around Fleet Street
And eventually past St. Paul’s
And this weird column near St. Paul’s
Trying out this little iphone lens gifted to me last Christmas. It’s not bad!
Usually not a huge fish eye fan, but something so small and gimmicky for your phone SHOULD be a gimmicky fish eye, ya dig
We wander across Millenium bridge
Zeen’s theater boy from within was rising up and bursting with joy to be at the Globe
Unfortunately there’s not really performances this time of year, so we went for a tour. I’ve done this waay back with my parents in like 2008, so this was a nice refresher.
Also learned that the Groundlings (an improv theater/group in LA) is named after the groundlings at Elizabethan theater. They stood on the ground. Paid a penny. Peed where they stood, and of course drank lots of beer.
Plague rats for sale
Now my turn to pick something! TATE MODERN, I choose you.
Wandering through permanent collection and I’m refreshed by the amount of rotation these galleries seem to go through.
I feel like I remember the broth being richer? But hey – can’t complain when I want random ramen in a place I’m not too familiar with.
The garlic lime shrimp was REALLY good though
Then a walk down South Bank to Hayward
I might be nuts, but I believe this artist showed some of these photographs at the Secession Building in Vienna back in like…2012.
More wandering until finding this new bar open right near the theater on Southbank. I think it’s called Understudy? Let me yelp…yeh! Here it is. No reviews no nothing. I think it was brand brand new when we wandered in. They didn’t even have anything on tap. We had ginger beer and whiskey.
After that we headed back towards Leicester Square to catch a last minute showing of The Scottsboro Boys. It was definitely a vibrant show, with loud messaging. I just felt it was slightly problematic because its message is ironically exactly what the producers/commercial bodies of theater are doing with this story. Profiting from the stories and traumas of black struggle, especially in a world where not much as changed for America. Meh. I’m still thinking about it, but I guess that says something.
And hello from the bathroom of a neutral tiled restaurant.
That wraps up my first two days! (So much more to share! Whew)
Hope this format is okay!
Much love friends.