The Week When I Mastered London Buses


I'm not even going to aplologize anymore for me being late with weekly updates. I guess it's a thing. Something always comes up, so I decided not to have a schedule for my blog or youtube channel for the time being. But maybe now that I've said this, I'll start posting regularly, who knows, haha.

Today I'm here to talk about the last two weeks of my London life. I'm starting to feel a lot less like a tourist and a lot more like a local, especially now that I have the buses down. But more on that later. Let's go two weeks back now. The weekdays went as per usual, the only difference being that I haven't had a breakdown due to the child's trantrums in over two weeks now. Yay for me! What did almost cause me a panic attack, through, was being dropped off at a random train station in the middle of the night. There were some problems with signalisation at my local station, so they decided to stop the train half way there and told us to go off. I had no idea where I was or which bus to take, and the fact that all my apps decided not to work did not help me at all. Thankfully, I found another person going to the same town as me and just followed her like a little creeper. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do when lost in the middle of nowhere.

The bus situation happened two Sundays ago, after a weekend of London fun, so let's go back again. On Saturday I met up with Joanna at Belsize Park for brunch. We went to this cute little coffee shop called Cinnamon and both ended up ordering eggs benedict, since neither of us tried the famous dish before. It was YUM. After we were done eating, Johanna first took me to Hampstead Heath to show me one of the most amazing views of London (which really is amazing), and then we ended up doing some more eating. We were meant to go explore Shoreditch, but ran out of time, because  I had to go back to Kingston to do some babysitting, so naturally we opted to squeeze in another culinary experience, haha. We're both foodies if you haven't figured that out by now. We went to an Italian restaurant to eat... pizza. But not just any pizza. This one was Italian approved. Again, YUM.



On Sunday, after my Saturday's 'night shift', I woke up rather early, hopped on a train to London again, and met up with my old friend from back home. She was visiting London with her boyfriend for the very first time and I promised them to show them around a bit. We went to Harrods, a couple of museums and then ended up at Jamie's Italian. Sorry for mentioning another restaurant, but you better get used to this, because I have a lot more on my to-do list. I don't eat anything exciting during the week, but the weekends are reserved for consuming good food. Ok, back to Jamie's Italian. I had the most amazing non-alcoholic cocktail called Berry Blast and turkey milanese with wild truffle. I'd never eaten truffle before, so I decided to just go for it. As expected, the taste was very specific and maybe a little too strong for a first time trier, but nonetheless tasty. The funky chips we ordered as a side was the star of the show, though. It tasted like home! Jamie Oliver, I'm definitely coming back for that chips and the cocktail! Once we were done eating, it already turned dark outside and we decided to go to North Greenwich, the place even I hadn't visited before. I loved the little promenade they have going on in front of the O2 Arena, and the night view from the Emirates Air Line's cable car was stunning. I definitely recommend going on there, as it's very affordable and there are no waiting lines. I need to go check out the day view as well at some point. Speaking of the views, we concluded the evening at McDonald's with the best view in town. Eating McFlurry with the lit-up Big Ben looking all pretty in the background seemed like the perfect way to end the day.


Moving on to next week, the kids had their half term break from school, so I did a lot of 'kids watching'. We were spending our days at local playgrounds and even went up to London on Thursday to visit the Science Museum. It turned out to be a rather hectic experience, because there were A LOT of people doing the same thing that day, but I somehow managed to not lose either of them. By the end of the day, my brain was completely frazzled from all the noise and looking into different directions. Oh, and I lost my voice, which I by the way still haven't got back, so the filming will have to wait. I managed to catch a nasty cold along the way as well, but since I'm out and about all the time, I haven't really had the chance to recover yet. On Thursday, for example, after we came home from the museum, which was at about 9 pm, I refused to go to bed and met up with Eva instead. We went to check out Kingston's Halloween Night Market, but since it ended up being a bit of a let down (think lame village party) and full of drunk people, we ended up at a pub. As you do.

Friday was my 'I'm feeling very sick' day and also Halloween. I didn't go to any parties, but I did take the kids to one, haha. After I picked them up, we also went to do some trick or treating, so I guess I still got a taste of Halloween. Oh, and I also carved a pumpkin! I went for the cute option and carved tiny circles out of it instead of doing the scary face. Mainly because I only had five minutes to do it, but I actually really liked the outcome. Despite my mother scolding me for being lazy when I sent her the photo of my 'zero creativity involved' orange masterpiece. :D


And we've made it to another weekend. I spent both days in London. On Saturday Eva and me headed for lunch at Borough Market, where I got me some Raclette, another food I've been craving since leaving home. It's a traditional French Alps dish and no, I'm not French, but I spent most of my spring breaks there and we eat it a lot at home as well, so I consider it 'home food'. Anyway, it tasted good and the chocolate brownie I also picked up at the market was not bad either. Not bad at all. Our main plan for coming to London was to go to see the 8 pm Bonfire Night Blackheath fireworks display, but since we had a few hours to spare, we popped into Starbucks where I got my usual - hazelnut hot chocolate - and walked down to the river, where we spotted Dawson and ended up listening to his music. When it got dark, we made our way to Blackheath after some confusion with the trains, and waited for what it seemed like days for the fireworks to start. There was a luna park thingy to keep us entertained for a while, but it was more or less for kids, so we just ended up dragging ourselves through the park, complaining about how cold we were. The fireworks display was definitely worth the wait, though. It was incredible! It felt just like new year's eve. Once the show was over, the crowds started happening and it took us quite a while to get back to central London, where we then also realized all our trains were not functioning, which resulted in a very long bus ride home. And by very long, I mean very long. I was driving home for three hours! Mind you, the train journey usually only takes me half an hour. Insane. 




And we've made it to the last day - Sunday! I met up with Joanna again and I finally got familiar with the really different but really cool Shoreditch area. We visited the Columbia Road Flower Market, had some extremely delicious street food at Brick Lane and did some shopping at the famous hipster markets. Well, Johanna did. I haven't bought anything yet, but I did compile a wishlist in my head and I'm coming back to take some things home with me very soon.

P.S. For more photos, check out my Instagram account

16 comments :

  1. I love the photos! So jealous of your life right now!! Looks like you're having an amazing time, I'm so happy for you. xx

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    1. Thank you! <3 Yeah, London is amazing. I always loved it, but now that I live here, I love it even more. :)

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    1. Thank you Kallie! I've been in love with taking photos since I moved to London. I just need to figure out the technicalities and practise now, because I really want to get better at it. :)

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  3. Krasne slike, pa super slišat da uživaš na veliko :D

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  4. Fotke so čudovite, sploh tista nočna s pogledom na Big Ben je wooow! :)
    Super je brati dogodivščine v Londonu.

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  5. Pridna si.! Vidim da imaš zelo napeto, še takrat ko imaš nekaj uric časa pa preživiš s prijateljicami. Ampak verjamem, da po tolkih urah dela, to enostavno potrebuješ. (: Uživaj in ne pregori nam. (:

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    1. Ja, prav res ob koncu tedna potrebujem malo družbe odraslih ljudi, haha. Se me je pa ravno prehlad lotil, tako da bom zgleda vsaj en dan vikenda ta teden preživela v postelji... :D

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  6. Aaaah, prekrasne slike! <3 Sploh te večerne. :) Me kar vleče, da bi šla nazaj v London. Res je PREČUDOVIT!

    Ful fajn je brat tvoje dogodivščine, da vsaj vemo kako se imaš in kaj doživljaš. :) Sem ti kar fauš, čeprav jaz verjetno ne bi imela ''jajc'' kar iti živet v London. :P
    Se že veselim naslednje objave!

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    1. Yay, me veseli, da radi berete. :)

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  7. Joj kolk ti zavidam :D Prav pogrešam London, upam da naslednjič sprobam več restavracij ne samo KFC pa kitajski take away :D Tele vintage škatle na sliki <3 obsedena sem s takimi haha :D Pozdravi se čimprej ;)

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    1. Hvala! Ja, London ima super ponudbo hrane, tko da je škoda samo na hitri prehrani živet. Ampak saj vsi podobno delamo kadar potujemo se mi zdi. Meni je zdaj malo drugače, ko med vikendi nimam natempiranega urnika in se lahko lepo usedem v en lokal in lepo pojem pa čvekam v nedogled. :D

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  8. London<3 fajn mi je prebirat tvoje dogodivščine. Moram priznat, da ga pogrešam London. Sicer je minilo že 6 let odkar sem bila nazadnje v Londonu, samo se še do potankosti spominjam ulic po katerih sem hodila.
    Fotke so top!

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