the sound of a thousand cicadas

50 days – 6 hours – 23 minutes until i land on sweet, american soil. august left me in the dust, september is behaving similarly. at this point, i’m not even sure if i want the minutes to speed up … Continue reading

road full of promise and an owl

after eating myself silly in hampstead, i’m taking a moment to soak in some delicious rays. i guess everything is delicious right now, with that meal sitting comfortably in my belly – the tastes of it are still on my … Continue reading

just go with it

this past sunday and monday was the notting hill carnival. it was raunchy, loud, a tiny bit filthy and absolutely amazing. the carnival is a celebration of caribbean culture, food, and music. standard.co.uk i spent the first three-ish hours totally alone. … Continue reading

before & after {the photo}

before

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& after

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i am super sick right now. i really felt it coming about two days ago so while yesterday should have been a day of preventative rest, it was not. my dad is in town and we met up at canary wharf {after getting my highlights} then hopped the dlr [docklands light railway] to greenwich and wandered around the market. it was bubbly and delicious like always but i could tell as the day wore on, that i was in for a terrible time. now i am weak, coughing, and have the worst headache. there are enough dirty tissues all over my room to stuff a dead elephant and i’m finding it hard to even breathe.
despite all of this, today is car boot sale day and i still want to go treasure hunting. luckily, anna wants to go as well despite not having slept yet {ready for a crazy statement? her and my father went to fabric last night} – i would have been there if not for my already pounding headache. i certainly didn’t need any more bass coming from the floors. even though the music isn’t exactly “their thing” {or mine for that matter} they still managed to meet a lot of people from all around the world, and have a great time.
i couldn’t handle that last night but i can definitely handle some fresh air and a trip to the boot sale. maybe i’ll even find the energy to post pictures of what i find. maybe

wandering the woods – day 5

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london is hot. really, hot. like, fry an egg on the sidewalk hot. {at least for london, anyway. i’m certainly not unaccustomed to these temperatures in indiana.}

in response, i took the opportunity to spend most of my day yesterday once again enjoying hampstead heath and it’s wonderful bathing ponds – this time, the guys and gals, mixed pond.
wandering the woods of the park and taking a dip in the cool water made for an incredible day indeed.

here is a great article by jasmine gardner on other ways to keep cool in the city! {i especially favor her suggestions to eat lots of ice cream and enjoy some outdoor cinema, who really needs an excuse to do either of those things?!}

“For the best ice cream in London head to Gelupo (7 Archer Street, W1, gelupo.com) or to Ruby Violet in Tufnell Park, which has homemade, organic ice creams and sorbets. Rum raisin and candied orange peel should do the trick (118 Fortess Road, NW5, rubyviolet.co.uk). The delicious Ginger’s Comfort Emporium will be at Secret Garden Party next weekend (gingerscomfortemporium.com).”

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here’s to many more scorching days in london and all of the wonderful ways to spend them!

home sweet hampstead

old map of hampstead, london, old maps

i was told, on my recent {and only} voyage to hampstead in london, that the land was originally and primarily used for pig farming. i was also informed that shortly after the pig farming-era, it was transformed into a sort … Continue reading