14 Snapshots

Well, I’ve been here in Europe about 14 days, so I decided to be nice and put up 14 snaps from my phone camera. It’s not one for every day though – some days I really couldn’t be bothered to remove my gloves just to take photos with the phone, fun though it is to play with the photography apps. A lot of these was actually mostly me fiddling with the various apps. Quite fun :D
(I’ve got more pics from my ‘proper’ camera, but those will come after I get back on the 8th as I’ll have to look at them again and edit them properly before posting them.)


The Hub; pic taken as I strolled back down the Royal Mile after leaving my parents at their tour bus to St Andrew’s.

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Top Ten Experiences

So I attempted to come up with a list of my 10 favourite experiences of my one-year stint in the UK, based on memorability and sheer enjoyment. (I think this list may vary depending on my mood, but at the moment, these stand. ^_^ ) I know I haven’t finished with blogging about the Lake District trip or the Fringe yet, but I’ll get to those another time.

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10. Edinburgh Zoo (Trip #2)

Yes, what of it? I like animals, okay. And I say specifically my second trip there because (1) it wasn’t so cold and therefore the animals were more active, (2) I got to see the Penguin Parade, (3) I wasn’t so rushed, and (4) the company was better. haha

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The Flowers of London

Flowers, flowers, flowers. From random places in London, but mostly from the parks and Hampton Court.


I love this. Gorgeous yellow colour! (I was gonna say “yellow roses” but it strikes me that some of those blossoms aren’t exactly rose-like…)


Hm. St. James’s Park flowers, I think.

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Summer in London, Day 2 – Part 1

I ended up with 55 pictures to post so I’m splitting it into two parts.

And I’m doing part 1 now because I just finished drafting the third chapter of my thesis which leaves me with the 1000-word introduction chapter and the 4000-word conclusion chapter. Yay! I will work desperately and maybe if I’m blessed with some burst of super-inspiration I will be able to finish both in less than 2 weeks. *prays hard*

I also realised that Hans Zimmer’s music seems to be my “study/work” music. In the last sem of Delta year in MMU I remember listening to the soundtracks of Last Samurai and Pirates of the Caribbean a lot. Just now while finishing off the last 1000+ words of Chapter 3 I listened to both of those and the Inception soundtrack as well. (The music doesn’t always help – sometimes it’s horribly distracting – but sometimes it does help as a sort of subconscious distraction or something…)

Ok! Now onto London talk.

So Day 2 was Hampton Court Palace day, finished off with Phantom of the Opera. It was cloudy and drizzly, but I went to Hampton anyway! And probably strained my arms and shoulders trying to hold a camera in one hand and an umbrella in the other as well as having a bag slung across my shoulders half the day. I had to keep shifting the bag to different sides because after a while the shoulder it was slung over would really ache. I suspect the strain from all that was why a lot of my photos from day 3 were markedly poorer (in my estimation) since I couldn’t keep my hand as steady.

 

This is my favourite shot of the whole day. This particular garden was just beautiful, and with the fountain and that side of the palace… Makes me want to live there. hahah

* All the day 2 photos have been given colour treatment, like what I did with the EIFF Opening Gala pics, only a different treatment.

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Summer in London, Day 1

First, a couple of views of the British countryside from the train…

(Reminder, because I think some people forget: These pictures all link to larger versions. I just don’t like to put the larger pictures directly on my blog, breaking up the layout. heh.)

Got off at King’s Cross at about 2 in the afternoon, made my way via the very-convenient London Underground to the student hall where I’d be staying fort he next few days, settled in and then hopped out to start playing tourist.

First stop: Westminster.

The Underground station had several exits so I just picked one and it felt like I was spat out right on the bank of the River Thames. It was a nice bright day – good for outdoor photography (as long as you’re not trying to shoot into the sun).

The London Eye.

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Back from London

So I’m back from my short solo London trip – and I don’t think I’ll ever travel alone again unless compelled to for work or something. I only did it this time because I had the (unusual) drive to do so. Probably that’s partly because I know I may not get the chance again.

I wandered around Westminster, had a look at Trafalgar Square, St James’s Park and Hyde Park, visited Hampton Court Palace (again), dropped in at the V&A Museum and also paid the National Gallery a courtesy call. Survived mostly on sandwiches, chocolate and the occasional fast food for about four days. Made the acquaintance of every London Underground line except for the Metropolitan. Had to keep my phone off half the time because I was oh-so-smart and left my phone charger at home. And watched three musicals.

Brief opinions (don’t yet know if I’ll want to “review” them in my random manner later):

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London: Hampton Court Palace

Am kinda not keen on blogging these days. Slumped into one of those why-on-earth-do-I-blog-when-people-don’t-bother-to-read moods again. Meh. Anyhow, I’ve been busy-ish attending Science Festival stuff these days. It’s kinda fun; pity the festival’s ending soon.

So, yet another late London post. This time it’s Hampton Court Palace, which I did not get to enjoy fully. This annoys me very much. hahah.

Hardly any captions because… well, because people just look at pictures and hardly read what I write anyway.

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