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Number One.

Challenge accepted Andy!

Andy Townend has challenged me to a five photos / five stories black and white challenge.
Check out his blog(s): belgradestreets, belgianstreets and andytownend.

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“I can’t live if I don’t have you in my life” said the young woman.
“I can’t live if you don’t have you in your life” said the young man.

If I have figured it out right; the rules of the challenge are:

1) To post a photo every day for 5 days
2) To write a story to accompany your photo for 5 days (this can be fiction or non-fiction, a page, a paragraph or a poem)
3) To nominate a different person each day

I am nominating Cardinal Guzman for this challenge.

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Weekend in London – part 2

And so Sunday arrived…the last day to explore this cosmopolitan metropolis.
I got up at around 8:30, even though I wanted to sleep. But as mentioned earlier, we were on a tight schedule. Another dinner at 7 pm, so get up and run.
Some of my colleagues went to Camden market, others raided Oxford Street while a few relaxed with a soccer game and pub rounds.

I went down to the lobby, sat down for a coffee and made a plan where to go and what to see.

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Thank God for smart phones and great apps. I downloaded several apps but only one proved to be an excellent travel companion (guide).
Take a look here.

The first stop on my list was The British Museum.
Then the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and if I had time; Madame Tussauds.
You know, when you are in a big city for the first time in your life, you think everything is so far away. But our hotel actually had a very good location. I walked around the whole day, no Tube, no double-decker buses, no taxi… Just my own two feet.
Next time I am in London I am definitely renting a bike :)

I got slightly lost on my way to the museum, and it proved to be very close to my hotel.
You just have to know that I walk faster than normal people :) That was why I went sightseeing by myself (as well as being antisocial :). The only bad thing about sightseeing alone is that no one can take a picture of you (unless you have a selfie stick). So you get pictures like this:

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I think I spent around 3 hours there. If I had time I would have stayed there all day.
I had a wonderful lunch at the museum, bought a lovely book and went on.

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Followed my little companion and suddenly the London Eye appears. I was so happy I was on the right track. Yet again, because of a tight schedule I didn’t get to ride the eye, the line for tickets was long, so I just went over the bridge (The Queens walk) to see Big Ben close up.
So I just kept wandering around, taking pictures, enjoying the view, exploring…

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I brought several SD cards; 8gb, 4gb and 2gb. In addition to two phones. BUT still not learning from earlier mistakes and bringing them WITH ME when I go sightseeing. Unfortunately I had to delete some photos from my camera to make space for new ones. Both phones were frequently used and the batteries were slowly waving goodbye to me.

St.Patrick’s Day parade was held on that day, but the only thing I got to see were bits and pieces of the color green :)

Back to the hotel for a quick shower and another dinner with my colleagues.
This time we went to a restaurant called Chiquito (mexican food).
Try the raspberry mojito and the cheesecake. It’s like having a circus in your mouth.

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They made me wear the hat.

We ate, we drank and then it was la la time again. We walked around for a while, explored Soho a little, took some pictures and back to the hotel.

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All in all; a wonderful day. These two days were enough to get a taste I guess.

Next morning we got up early again, took a taxi back to Liverpool station (where I laid eyes on a Belgian waffle with cream and strawberries), train to and on a plane to cold old Norway.

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There you go, London in a flash.

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Weekend in London – part 1

My first time in London.
After two hasty days I want more!

So, this weekend adventure started Saturday morning at 3 am when my alarm woke me up from my “deadtiredafter5dayshardwork”. The plane was leaving at 7 am.

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I have to mention that this was a trip with people from work, organised by our company.

We arrived on time, checked in our bags, got seated and off we went.

We arrived at Stansted airport. Took the train to Liverpool Street station and then taxi to our hotel Ibis London Euston St.Pancras.

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Everybody was sleepy and tired and excited… you know the drill.

Those sharing a room didn’t get the keys because their rooms weren’t ready yet, but those of us having a single room; we had it all. Being socially awkward/antisocial/younameit like me; it was great. A whole room to myself. Facing the street, having a double bed, even two duvets :) The others had to share a duvet :D

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We were on a tight schedule; some were attending a football game, some were going to see a musical and the rest (me and one colleague) not having any plans but wanting to make most of it.
We were supposed to have a dinner at 7 pm, so we had until that time to do and see what we wanted.
My colleague suggests Camden market. She went there the last time she visited London and thinks it is worth seeing.

So we hit the London streets, get a little lost but finally Camden market is straight ahead. And yes, I loved it. All those strange shops, all that wonderful food… Great. The fashion, the langugages, the smell of the world in one place…everything. It was a great experience, I recommend it if you’re a London virgin like me.

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So we walked around, took pictures, got some food, had a beer and headed back to the hotel to get some sleep before the dinner.

We gathered around 6 o’clock and went to a restaurant called Prezzo. The food was manageable, but the dessert was excellent. So after the sweet treat and a coffee we went to a pub (can’t remember the name, too tired for that), had a drink and went home. Everybody was dead tired and we only had Sunday left to explore London.

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A quick shower and a dive straight into this fluffy and warm bed off to La la land :)

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