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London Cowl

25 Jan

Whenever I go someplace new, I like to buy a ball or two of yarn. It’s a more tangible reminder of my travels than some crappy little trinket that I’ll have to dust and then get rid of. Last November, I went to a cute little yarn shop in London on one of my afternoons and picked up two balls of Colinettte Point 5 Chunky Pure Wool yarn in “Pharaoh”. Dorky name, but cool colorway. I do recommend hitting up I Knit London if you’re ever in town; they were really nice and helpful.  Continue reading

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Newcastle

21 Nov

While in the UK, I managed to head up north for a few days to see some friends of mine from China. You might remember Kate from that trip to the Leshan Buddha? University of Newcastle had sent three students to Sichuan University at the same time I was studying there, and I figured that I should go say hi, seeing as we were in the same country and all. Besides, I thought it would be nice to see more of England than just London.

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The Tower of London

19 Nov

I’m not going to lie, I was really looking forward to visiting the Tower of London. I just finished reading The White Queen, by Phillipa Gregory (you know, the lady who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl?), which is all about Elizabeth Woodville,  a queen of England and the mother to the Princes in the Tower. Besides, the Tower of London has a long history with the royals of England, so it featured pretty heavily in all the books I read back when I was going through my Tudor phase. Speaking of, I get super history nerdy in this one. You’ve been warned.

The infamous Tower of London. This is the gate they led prisoners out of… to the hangman’s block just up the hill.

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Old London

16 Nov

Part of London’s charm is that it’s just such an old place, lived in place. People have been bouncing around there for over two thousand years. Amazingly, some stuff is still standing. Well, sort of, anyways. No trip to London is complete without visiting the monarchical historical mainstays: the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey.

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The British Museum

12 Nov

To the absolute surprise of no-one, I fell deeply and madly in love with London about two minutes after falling oh-so-gracefully out of my over-night bus from Paris. My friend Steph, who met me at Victoria Station, can attest to how coherent I was that morning. (Not very.) Nothing a pot of tea and a full English breakfast couldn’t fix. Then, off to my number one must-see: the British Museum.

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London Calling

2 Nov

I’m headed off to the UK to see some old friends during my week off.  By the time this posts, I should have made it to London. I’ll try to keep to my semi-regular posting schedule, but I make no promises. I’ve got an action packed weekend planned in London and then I head north to Newcastle for another couple of days. I foresee lots of pub visits, in between all the museums and sight-seeing.

It’s gonna be a blast., assuming the nine hour bus ride doesn’t kill me first.

 

See y’all on the other side of the Channel!