Monday, December 9, 2013

Santa, bye bye

That title is a baby Grinch reference because I LUV IT. And I almost went bye bye after I finished the Santa Run 6k (they lied it was a 6.79k) in my Santa suit that was too big and so hot. Buttttt it was really fun; definitely fits into my top five cool things I've done in London so far. And it was for a good cause so, yeah. Chill stuff man.

Santas on a Train (Snakes on a Plane..... ha. That was bad.)

Santa BYE BYE photo tumblr_inline_mfir3p408o1qgc1r4_zpse2ec7057.gif 

After I stopped thinking that I was gonna throw up after the run I was starving and Alex and I made our way over to Borough Market AKA a serious contender for my favorite place in London. Cause it's a market of just foooodddddddd. God it's so good. 

I got a burger before stopping at this stand, but I can't whole heartedly call it a burger.......................because it was made of vegetables. So I had that one, which was really good, and then this one too.....

Best burger of my life, even though I haven't had many: Winter Burger- I think it was pork meat for the actual heart of the beast. Then cheddar cheese, arugula, and cranberry sauce. SUP WINTER. Seriously, not a burger person, but it was truly wonderful. And the Boston sausage I just had to. Sounds like an innuendo. I'm sure somewhere it is.

We made our way home by walking along the South Bank, another of my favorites. We found out that a renovation is due for this space and the planners want to make this into retail shops. EW I don't particularly enjoy retail to begin with, and there's enough places to shop around London, and for these people to make money, and this place has been around for 40 years!!!!

"Long Live South Bank" is the organization so I got a t-shirt and signed some petitions.

Also, got my TK's picture in front of Big Ben but the one on my camera is slightly blurry so I might need another. Jeesh.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rows of Stone

Last week it started to hit me that the term is coming to an end. But we have a lot of work to do (sucks).

I did manage to make it to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to see some CAPA students perform A Winter's Tale- 'twas frigid; there isn't a roof...probably save a lot on heating.

I also tragically missed Thanksgiving. Technically CAPA threw us a dinner at a Holiday Inn but England doesn't really understand... B- for effort.

Thank GOD I went to see Meg this weekend. And bless her, she and her roommates made their own Thanksgiving and it was 7887465637769% better than Holiday Inn....... That was a first and last kind of experience.

She showed me around during Friday afternoon and the town is so pleasant and very different from London. And I had my first pint of Guinness at Tig Coili.

First Guinness

Galway Bay

Visiting Meg in Galway was my favorite trip (glad I saved it for last) and I needed to see her. Friday night was just magical. We went to four pubs, all walking distance, that was amazing, no tubes, no night buses. My favorite was The King's Head, tooooooo fun.

The King's Head

Saturday was Aran Islands day, WHERE WE ALMOST DIED. No, but we got really lost and thought we were going to miss the ferry back to Galway and started to freak out when we couldn't find the spot where we left our bikes, when we went on a slightly rocky (sarcasm) excursion from the path. Not our fault, there was at least 20 "rows of stone," as Meg put it, that looked exactly the same.

Around ish where we got lost

I would go back to Galway for this donut. And I need to bring Tara because she would eat five. Cooked right in front of me. Sugar and cinnamon. Oh my god, I couldn't talk to Meg for a good minute; I had to take it in.