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Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
27 July 2009 @ 04:04 pm
I'm at home, and i'm ill, so I will sit here and post an update! Lucky you...

It's been a busy few months, some highlights:

Kiera's wedding, Finishing exams (yecch), a brief relationship that is now over, a trip to Slovenia, various explorations about the city, a photo walk, and a gay pride parade.

That about sums it up...now have some photos.

Kiera's WeddingCollapse )

Other PhotosCollapse )

Current Location: United Kingdom, London
Brain: sicksick
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
26 January 2009 @ 11:13 pm
Today was relatively uneventful, but VERY productive. I met up with a colleague of my Dad's who is helping me put together the study for my dissertation. It will be awesome.  I also had dinner with Genevieve, which was also awesome. We went to Wagamama's out at Westfield, a giant bowl of Ramen, Gyoza and Tea all for 10 pounds each with tip. Very tasty. :D   Also...Westfield is just weird, a gigantic mall with NOTHING I am remotely interested in purchasing. Such a waste. Also...who decided Hammer pants were back in style???
Photos for January 26thCollapse )

Current Location: Holland Park, London
Brain: calmcalm
Sounds: Numbers
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
25 January 2009 @ 07:12 pm
Movies to see:
Nick and Nora's Infinite  playlist
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Milionaire
The Royal Ballet: Manon
Rachel Getting Married

.... :p and maybe Twilight

I have also discovered twilightsucks.com, it's amazing in it's ripping of that series. Don't get me wrong, Stephanie Meyers plays to my inner 14 year old girl, but you have to admit...the whole thing is just totally ridiculous. They're LJ Icons are great.

So...on to today -

Alli and I planned to met up to see Inkheart, but it simply wasn't to be. I ran down to the Central line, only for it to stop in Queensway while i was forced to listen to the DUMBEST AMERICAN GIRLS ON THE PLANET. Gods, no wonder no one likes Americans, i think i lost brain cells just listening to them. After 15 minutes of sitting there they announced that there had been a major signal failure out by Stratford (think the ass end of East London, all the way across the city) and that it was taking a while to sort it out. I gave up and caught a cab over to Piccadilly, where Alli and I never seem to be able to find each other in a timely manner.  In the meantime  I watched a giant inflatable dinosaur harrass people (and be harrassed) outside of Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

We finally me tup and then headed off down Regent Street with just a few minutes to spare to catch the movie. Turns out we went the wrong way on Regent Street (North instead of South) and after about 20 minutes gave up, realizing there was just no way in hell we were going to make it, even with the UK's 30 minute previews. So we went and lunch instead which means....another Restaurant review, yay!!

We wound up back in the little food area off Regent Street, a nice hideaway in the city with several very tasty (and posh, expensive looking restaurants) including one called Strawberry Moon, which i'd like to go back to because the name sounded pretty cool. It was closed however, and we went to a place called The Living Room

For lunch i had a mozerella bruschetta, potato leek soup with truffle oil and what basically amounted to a rabbit pasty (there was some sort of frech name involved which for the life of me I cannot pronounce, but neither could the watiress so it's all good)

The Bruschetta wasn't bad, but what i really wanted was the mozarella so it was a little scant for me ;p the soup and the pasty however were *fantastic* and I would definitly go back. Alli had her own bruschetta, a chicken club sandwich and a brownie with ice cream for dessert (I just had some tea). On the whole, it was a bit pricier than usual, but definitly very tasty. Also a very pretty restaurant, so I'd go back but for a special occasion rather than a weekly dinner kind of place.  I might go just for the bar sometime though, their drink list was pretty spectacular, and there were many very tasty looking options.


After eating getting home was a complete clusterfuck....several hours later they still hadn't fixed the Central Line, and had in fact shut almost the entire thing down. So I went up to Kings Cross with Alli, figuring I'd catch the Circle line and make my way over to Notting Hill Gate, only it turns out that the Circle line was totally closed, the Hammer Smith and City northern section was closed and the District line southern section was closed....in short, barring taking an actual train to Paddington Station (which probably would have involved taking one outside of London than another back in) there was no way to get to West London. Balls....just, that sucked. I'm sure there may have been some form of ninja tube route or bus route that could have gotten me there, but not in under two hours and at that point I just gave up and took a cab. On the bright side, being in Kings Cross meant that I got to buy some sandwiches from Upper Crust, which is awesome as always.

Current Location: Holland Park, London
Brain: aggravatedaggravated
Sounds: CSI: Las Vegas
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
25 January 2009 @ 01:36 am
Didn't want to deal with the possibility of Firefox crashing and losing all the photos I'd uploaded, so ....moving on

Photos for January 23rd and 24thCollapse )
Current Location: Holland Park, London
Brain: bouncybouncy
Sounds: Sleep time
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
25 January 2009 @ 12:26 am
Right so...this week...where was I?

The photos I took on Sunday and Monday were terrible, so I didnt post anything then the week just went crazy.  My schedule is set and I am  much more optimistic about this term than I was the last. The classes may be boring, but I am better able to tolerate it because I'm still at least interested in 2 out of 3 of what my classes have to say.  In a similarly amusing line, I got a message from a girl on facebook who has been accepted to the HPS program for next year, she wanted to know about it. Obviously I dont have super nice things to say, but I tried to be fair and balanced about it.  Wednesdays are definitly going to be KILLER.  I mean this in a bad way by the way, the 5-6 hours straight of class might just do me in, thankfully the prof in my last class appears to have much love for coffee, so that means I can run and get some as well. On Thursday my Dad came to visit, which was great.  We had breakfast at Tootsies,  (fluffy eggs!) and went to the Wellcome Collection to see their exhibit on War and Medicine - free, and fantastic - I highly recommend it. After that we had a very tasty tandoori dinner and went to see Billy Elliot. Holy dancing 12 year old, that kid was AWESOME.  I saw a news blurb on the kids in Oliver, which is currently also running, and how most of them only get about 20 pounds per show. This is way below normal wage standards, but the argument is that most of them leave after the opening number anyways. In Billy Elliot the kids are there for the whole show (about 20 of them) which doesn't get out until 10:30. I cant help but wonder how tired they must be, and how much they're getting paid ;). Probably a lot more!  The other thing i wonder about - how much time must they have spent in dance class to be good enough to be cast, oy vey.

Anyways, on to the photos!
Photos for January 18th - January 22ndCollapse )

Current Location: Holland Park, London
Brain: amusedamused
Sounds: Blood Ties
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
23 January 2009 @ 12:27 am
- Surprise wake up and tea
- sleeping late
- amazingly fluffy eggs, the first time i have enjoyed eggs in a restaurant in years (i'm super picky)
- War and Medicine exhibit at the Wellcome collection....VERY cool. I am going to go to their library at some point too, as it is free and probably has all sorts of stuff I can use
- Tandoori, always tasty (when not from across the street)
- Billy Elliot....Holy dancing 12 year old boy!

verdict: Today made me happy :D

photos and complete sentences tomorrow!
Current Location: Holland Park, London
Brain: happyhappy
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
10 January 2009 @ 04:30 pm
Still doing the major sleeping thing...but, that's what Sunday is for. So far I haven't gotten anything done save a bit of shopping. Mainly because it was that or eat paint chips for dinner ;) On the way out i discovered that a small water main, or some sort of pipe, has gone SPLODEY in my parking lot, thus flooding it. Thankfully, It shouldn't affect me as i am above street level, and it's pretty far down, but it's still interesting to see. Apparently the Thames is flooding...nothing like the Potomac River a-la-massive walls of water and flooding, but a bit of a mess none the less. Sad to say, it was too dark to get any good pictures.

Anyway,  Welcome back to London to me!

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Current Location: Holland Park, London
Brain: boredbored
Sounds: St. Trinians Girls
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
09 January 2009 @ 01:22 pm
The river has more colors at sunset
Than my sock drawer ever dreamed of
I could wake up screaming sometimes
But I don't
I could step off the end of this pier but I got shit to do
And I've an appointment on tuesday
To shed uninvited blood and tissue
I'll miss you I say
To the river to the water
To the son or daughter
I thought better of
I could fall in love
With jersey at sunset
But I leave the view to the rats
And tiptoe back

- Excerpt from tiptoe by Ani DiFranco

So i'm back in London.  The flight was amazingly, and mercifully short, clocking in at around 5 1/2 hours. I was expecting closer to 7, so that was great. Rather than sleep I treated myself to the cinematic glories that are the new Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Mummy: Curse of the whatsit (the third dragon emperor one) and bits and pieces of Mama Mia.  Cinematic masterpieces all,  let me tell you.  About 3 hours into the flight it got rather bumpy, which I never handle well. There's something really twisted about the fact that I fly as often as I do, yet I am terrified  of flying. I hate it, i really do. Most of the time I do just fine, but at the slightest hint of turbulance, I get white knuckled gripping the seat, have trouble breathing and have to try not to cry. On this particular flight, there is a place in heaven for the very nice flight attendant who took one look at me and said "let me get you a drink" and came back with a very nice, soothing vodka cranberry. Bless you man, you made life so much better. 
  I spent the meandering time in the customs line chatting with a nice guy from Canada who was a masters student in Finland, and then headed home. Wherein a slept all day...oops. Fail at travel 101 for me, but damn I was tired. (Tired enough that when I woke up and tried to plug my laptop in, I didn't think ot check if the surge protector my dad got me could handle 210 current...answer being NO (and boom).

In theory, i really should do some form of food shopping tonight, as i have some goldfish and half a bagel to eat for dinner...but i dont think i will be doing that, i'm totally wiped, and will be taking a sleeping pill around 10 to make sure i stay out. Tomorrow I have to start researching/writing the paper i put off ALL of winter break that is due next friday and clean my flat like WOAH. When i came in the door I actually thought it had been broken into for a minute...then i remembered that i just hadn't had the chance to clean the place before i left. Whoops.

Anyways...have some pictures.
pictures for January 8th and 9thCollapse )

Current Location: Holland Park, London
Brain: sleepysleepy
Sounds: Never let you down - The Verve Pipe
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
07 January 2009 @ 05:58 pm
*sigh* So tomorrow I head back to London. I am both sad and looking forward to it at the same time; on the one hand, I never like going back to school and it has been established that I am not a fan of LSE. On the other, i'm looking forward to trying to make another go of it. I want to be more positive about LSE, and I think the meds might be kicking in. Here's hoping!

Okay, picture for today -> the last of the Christmas lights. Most of the places i've seen have taken their lights down, including my Dad's building. One last tree seems to have held out, so i give you somne of that. I've done two versions (most of the stuff i've posted hasn't been tweaked, but this was a bit) and i'm curious about which one folks like more. Again...these photos are not meant to be high art, just some form of life awareness.

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Current Location: Fort Lee, NJ
Brain: bouncybouncy
Sounds: Bones
Shara - The Ever Lost Adventurer
06 December 2008 @ 01:30 am
December has come upon London...and well..frankly it's no different then October or November. I'm appreciating how much warmer it is here, there's just no light worth speaking of (seriously, it's dark by 3:15). I am seriously missing the lack of daylight, as even when it is 'light' out, it's overcast. A classmate told me that London averages 2 hours of light a day in December and January....perish the thought.

On the upside, i will be back stateside in LESS than five days....oh ye Gods i am so excited. The downside is that in between then and now, i have a paper and two mock exams. None of which i have taken seriously, and will seriously pay for tomorrow...i am having probably the hardest tiem of my life getting myself to focus on these things....i really just don't care. More importantly, even more so than i don't care about the courses, i don't care about what the professors think, so i can't be bothered to make the effort out of respect for them. At MHC, even if i didn't WANT to do the work, or have any interest etc, the opinion of the professors mattered to me, because i knew that they cared and that they had invested their time in me. Here, the profs make it clear they resent you...so i in turn resent them. It's sort of a vicious cycle, which ends in me not doing my work. :p

Tonight I hosted my courses Christmas party, which was an absolute blast. Mince pies (full of fruit preserves and spices, not mince meat) are the most amazing and tasty things ever...and i will have to bring a bunch of them back to the states.

Also on this week for Culinary adventures was Dans le Noir, a restaurant where  you eat in complete darkness. Somehow, i was surprised at just how dark the  place really was...silly no? But DAMN, it was absolutely pitch black, the kind that you just don't adjust to. It was an interesting, and rather disorienting hour and a half. Pouring water was certainly an adventure...thankfully i was wearing a skirt that happened to be particularly absorbant....and black, because i did end up spilling on myself (but not as bad as others did!) Most of the food was eaten in a paw-your-plate-and-see-what-you-find manner. Others braver than i used silverwear...i tried, nearly stabbed myself with the fork and then thought perhaps this was not wise.  The food itself was quite tasty and very well done, if slightly unimaginative. I would absolutely recommend it to others, but i probably wouldn't go back again. Mainly because the idea of being in absolute darkness like that again is fairly disorienting and i think once was enough!
Current Location: Holland Park
Brain: calmcalm
Sounds: Train