fredag den 27. april 2012
We started Saturday off with a delicious breakfast at a little cosy café nearby. Their mugs were humongous and we were actually able to get a decent roll with nutella, haha.
And Kristine had seen this bag in a store and just had to go back and get it. Her precious <3
Then we went to Portobello Road! The area was really cool after we'd gotten used to a... well, not so fancy neighbourhood, haha! Coooool car too.
And then BOOM, we were at the market after having been just a bit lost... since my map did not cover the Notting Hill area.
Loads of junk and funny things!
But there were quite a bit of tourists... We were so scared we'd go too far apart and not be able to locate each other. Stamping blocks en masse!
It was a very different experience from the other things we'd done and simply refreshing.
So much quirky! But we got a bit tired of walking with tiny steps and being pushed around by the other people there, so we heading to a parallel street to take a quicker route back.
... And found these cute fellas! Plus a happy house and a poser.
We could not stop laughing when we saw this PINK house in the midst of all the pastel ones. Must be some Barbie girl living in there! That small square with the funky clock was really nice and I went into chock when I found out that the house the girls had said was "just the former home of some politician" actually belonged to George flipping Orwell.
Some wacky houses.
We then went on to Camden where we sat down at an Indian restaurant to have a snack and wait for Josefine to join us for a 2nd day of Danishness!
She leaded us in the right direction of Camden Town (the complete opposite direction of what I had chosen, so thank god for her presence) and we went into a PunkyFish store!
One of the few memories I have from my 1st time in London about 9 years ago is me and my parents visiting one of their Stores in central London and it actually meant a surprisingly lot for me to return. Put a link between the past and the present just then.
On to the Stables Market!
Josefine really knew her way around those parts and showed us this really neat booth with a guy who could tell what kind of books you like just by looking at you! It was sort of fantastic.
A proper happy Astrid surrounded by luggage and pretty lamps.
We found these dolls with some weird prints on such as One Piece and Naruto...
Me and Astrid went into Cyberdog(!) and it was pretty amazing. The music was wayy too loud haha, but the staff was sweet and the surprise art pieces were really wonderful.
And I got me this pretty dress in Cyperdog. It was not crazy expensive as some of their other stuff and it really appealed to me. Btw, look at their dressing rooms! Please, allow me to droole all over the place.
Pretty Josefine waiting out front with invisible Kristine.
It was such a great area and we really could have spent daysss there instead of just the few hours.
Then we went on a bus (!) for the first time on our trip - and it was double tiered at that - since we were going home with Josefine to see her au pair family's house and her room. Plus eat the best fish and chips I'd never dreamed of ever eating.
The altitude we were sitting in was absolutely frightening. Just as a side note.
tirsdag den 24. april 2012
Friday was started at a local falafel place that just so happened to serve English breakfast as well, haha. The girls loved it, but I'm not one for hot meals in the morning. The tea was good though!
Speaking of tea... This shop was really cute and reminded me of a store we have near Nørreport here in Denmark where you can choose between 1000 different kinds of tea. This shop had so many special teas! A lot of the ingredients I had never even heard of having been put in tea... They had some taste samples standing around and some was really not good while others were delicious.
They had cups as part of their product line as well and Astrid was SO close to buying these due to the Alice theme. But they were a bit expensive...
Old building with a Union Flag blowing dramatically in the wind. And of course Piccadilly Circus! Which was much smaller than I had expected.
Mr. Nelson and his lions. And then the freaks posing in front of it. This is such an interesting post, is it not?
From Trafalgar Square our journey led us to a pretty well-known Harry Potter location.
Scotland Place, where the entrance to the Ministry of Magic is located. They use a red phone box in the film, but since that was just a prop it was no longer located there. So we just imagined going into it... Or at least me and Kristine did, Astrid sort of ruined the amazing piece of art we were creating.
And I was wearing my Doctor Who tee so... fandom collision!
There, there. Nice imaginary phone box.
And in the spirit of wizardry we had a little duel. Or something. While Kristine was engulfed in one of her new tiny books.
And yes, I was a pain in the arse, disturbing her reading and all.
After this bit of exploring we went on a fandom shopping spree, which took quiet a while since the different shops were located very far apart... But the Doctor Who shop on Strand was closed when we finally got there! We were simply crushed, haha.
So back to the hostel with our bags and then out to find a place to eat before moving on to Tate Modern Museum! We found this concept restaurant near us that sort of reminded of Wagamama or something similar to that. The food was not super cheap but neither expensive and the place was nice. And I got my usual vacation chocolate cake there!
Then we decided not to head onwards to Tate since we had had a loooong day. So we stayed at Nando's and played a game of cards. It was really fun and so nice to actually have some table space, haha.
Walking home Astrid flashed me with her newly bought screwdriver and was being annoying (not).
And behold! Our fantastic bedroom complete with bunkbed and crazy wall colours. Kristine would not shut up about how amazing John Barrowman's self biography was and kept laughing (woooops, nope this is her Torchwood book, this spiffing tale happened on Saturday night) while Astrid and I admired our bought goodies. Which you will get to see later on.