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From Food to London Life

let’s ketchup !

But really. My super excited post about the rare snowfall the other night has inspired me to actually keep this thang updated. I started this blog freshmen year 2 years ago after much encouragement from my suitemates (I just read my first post) and managed to write NINE posts in TWO YEARS. I am truly a lazy human being…But fret not you few people who actually read this blog, I am makin a comeback! While this was initially intended to be a food blog, I am turning it into an everything blog for London purposes. My first London post was about 20 days ago, I’m hoping the time between posts will be shorter in the future…To make up for the past 3 weeks I’ve been here in London but MIA on WordPress, here are some quick highlights of the days I’ve been here! Also, London ketchup is really good.

Day 1: Officially moved into our flat on Crawford Passage!

The courtyard view from our flat

Day 3: Our 1st encounter of The Perfect Chicken. It’s a fast food restaurant that has become our 2nd home and go-to spot to eat late at night. Their chips (fries) are THE BEST. I’m positive I’ve been to The Perfect Chicken 5 times already.

Day 5: Brick Lane/Old Spitafield’s Market

Book in window on Brick Lane. Current life motto

My vintage pigeon sweater buy at Brick Lane! I like pigeons. Photo courtesy of Kristin Yinger

British band in the making

Day 6: Tower of London/ First Pub Crawl

At zee Tower of London in front of the London Bridge

Day 6: (continued) My first venture on my own (in which I didn’t get lost) in search of Top Shop for the last day of 20% student discount/stumbled upon St. Pauls!

Personal success

St. Pauls Surprise

Day 9: The London Eye/Big Ben/Parliament

Us aboard the London Eye! Photo courtesy of cute couple in neighboring Eye capsule whom emailed Lydia

Good ole' Big Ben

Day 12: Borough Market

Veggies galore @ Borough Market

Day 13: Portobello Road

Ah, Portobello!

Day 14: Chinese New Year 2012 Celebration in Chinatown

So crowded I didn't even get to take a picture of the cool dragons...

Day 17: London Dungeon/Harrods

Harrods by Night

So there’s a little taste of some of the things I’ve done so far in London! Short and not descriptive cause once again my laziness prevails…
Hope I can stay consistent with my posts and keep you guys updated and hopefully entertained!
My London Swag is picking up slowly and I can’t wait for the next 5 months of my life! Cheerio folks!

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a study-abroad miracle

and on the 21st day of London…

SNOW. Yes snow was upon us last night in this beautiful city of London. Born & raised in sunny So Cal, I have been deprived of the magical wonders of snow. Apparently it rarely ever snows in London so for me to experience it within the first 3 weeks here was truly a study-abroad miracle. I was literally delirious with joy as snowflakes would land on my nose and lips. I ate them and it even tasted magical. Yesterday was amazing, which is why I have finally decided to update this blog 18 days later from my last lazy & insufficient post. SUSAN’S FIRST SNOW DAY HAPPENED and I definitely don’t want to forget about it when I’m old, gray, & telling my 20 cats about my younger years. And the best thing is, I can technically say that it was snowing in my HOME, because London is my home now :’)
Okay so a bit of only THE BEST NIGHT EVER:
After our delicious Bangladeshi dinner, we (me, my roomie Kristin, and Barbara, my friend from Hungary) ventured out into the snow, running and eating the snowflakes like we were 5. We then proceeded to make the coolest snowman (my first snowman ever!) named Oscar, our very own California Roll. For my fellow snow-deprived So-Cals, making a snowman is a workout! I had no idea that you literally rolled a small snowball into a giant one…I thought I was supposed to mold it like a sandcastle…
Our baby Oscar was composed of our carefully rolled snowballs, branches broken off a nearby tree (thanks to Kristin’s tallness), a carrot I forgot to eat weeks ago, and Kristin’s Weetos, her perfectly-round and chocolatey cereal. Who knew there would be another purpose for Weetos besides turning Kristin’s normal white milk into delicious chocolate milk? We made Oscar’s eyes, mouth, and a heart on his chest from the Weetos. We then added the finishing touch to Oscar with the Safari-Sombrero hybrid of a hat that I was wearing to shelter myself from the snow (I brought no hats to London of couse…). It was Kristin’s from Piccadilly Institute, a club we went to earlier this week. We all attempted to bring back our stolen hats but only Kristin’s survived the journey home…
Oscar was lookin’ fly. But there was one flaw to our beautiful creation: Oscar was in fact TILTED, 45 degrees at least. Barbara said he had a little too much to drink! A kind Brit man who walked by later said the same thing when admiring our Oscar. Oscar’s apparently an alcoholic and had a gooood night last night.
After giving birth to Oscar, our other frands Alex & Lydia joined us and we had an awesome snowball fight! It was intense, snow was all up in my pants. We also had a sudden snowball fight with 2 random British boys on the street. We then got ambushed by more guys from the ROOF. Unfair because we only managed to throw 2 snowballs at them (only 2 reached the top of the roof) whereas they threw like 30 at us from atop…Seeking revenge we prepared a bit of snowballs and put it in the safari-sombrero hat and decided to go up the flights of stairs in the main building to try to get to the roof and secretly attack. We didn’t actually get access to the roof however :( But it was still so much fun! Alex decided to drop a snowball from the top floor in the stair opening. It was so cool. Kristin also left a snowball outside the attackers’ door. We then all ran down the flights of stairs crazily, giggling and dropping snowballs. My heart was racing and we were running for our dear lives, though no one was chasing us…
Alright, this post is getting pretty long and I’m getting hungry so I think it’s photo time! You all must meet Oscar…who actually “self destructed,” exact words of Kristin. After our first snowball fight, I discovered him, split in half, with only his carrot nose on the cold, cold ground. It was an emotional few minutes :'( He lived a short & (hopefully) happy life. Next time maybe we won’t make our snowman tilted…Oscar had a few too many drinks and blacked out (or whited out actually i guess)

Me & Kristin rollin our California Roll Oscar

It was Love at first Roll

Snowball Fight!

R.I.P. Oscar :'( Me crying with his carrot nose in hand

London Wonderland

Truly a magical night :’) I love snow and am so happy I got to experience it in my current home of London! Ahhhh still so excited. But also hungry…Bye guys! : )

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months later…

Greetings from London!

So once again I have failed to update this blog for months…but now that I am in the beautiful yet chilly city of London, I hope I can update with not only food adventures, but life adventures! hehe. I’m currently in London to study abroad for the next 5-6 months and today was officially day #3! So far so good : ) There are 8 of us journalism kiddos from SC and we have been venturing out daily, learning our way around our home for the next semester. I still know nothing and will probably get lost the second I step out alone…I’m hoping to be a skilled Londoner by the end of this trip! We’ve hit the town to some pubs and a bar a couple nights already and let’s just say it is awesome to legally be allowed to drink! hehe.
So as usual, I’m super lazy and tired so will update ya’ll more later! I shall leave with one parting photo of the first telephone booth photo of many with my 7 fellow journalismers. We are the Crawford Crew (we live in apartments called the Crawford House) CHEERIO : ) !

telebooth!

Trying to stuff 8 journalists into a telebooth...

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