Sunday, April 30, 2006
I headed over to Portobello Market afterwards and looked around (took about over an hour to get there by bus). It's similar to Camden Market but a little nicer. There are also lots of antiques including jewelry, china, and silverware. I didn't buy anything, just browsed. I went home afterwards for something to eat and watched a movie with Garreth which I fell asleep through. Now I'm tired and want to go to bed!
Saturday, April 29, 2006
On London Bridge and the Borough Market.
After the market I meandered along the Thames to Tower Bridge and down the other side. It was very sunny and nice today (still not t-shirt weather though). I made it to St.Pauls Cathedral and walked down Fleet Street. Next I stopped for a coffee and studied some Greek. On the way home I made a stop at the grocery store to buy some food because I wanted to make a German dinner. It turned out so good! It had weisswurst, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, pita (pretzel substitute) and topped with strong mustard and wine! I love that type of meal. Now I'm going to hit the sack.
Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, a skinny building on Fleet Street.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
They needed someone to photocopy a bunch of the exams, so I stayed behind and photocopied for a few hours. Tedious and brain dead work, but at least I wasn't stressed (and I made a bit more money at this job, than the last). I just got into a rhythm and daydreamed most of the time.
It's kinda neat doing different types of jobs, I haven’t done anything like these two jobs in the past. It gives me a better idea of the types of things I like and don't like. For example I now know that I hate switchboard phones. It also gives me a greater appreciation for doing multimedia work (which is what I really want to do). I may have something in June, if not, when I get back from Greece I have a good chance of getting something, I'll keep you all posted.
Now I'm going to make some dinner and watch "Grey's Anatomy"; I've been hooked on it lately.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I made it back to the village and stopped for a frappuccino and studied some Greek. I headed home and diverted to another side road and I got lost all through Belsize Park (closer to where I live). It was really nice! I love this area sooo much! If I stay in London after Greece I definitely want to live in the same place; it's pricier but it's worth it! You pay less in transportation, it's safe, clean, close to shops, has a village atmosphere, and it's so beautiful as the pics show! If you visit London and feel like getting out of the main city for a bit I definitely recommend Hampstead!
PS: I got a call today about a mini temp job for tomorrow. A very easy job sitting in a class while students write their exams. I'll have to make sure they don't cheat and collect their tests at the end! Sounds difficult but I think I can manage! lol! It's only for a few hours (maybe more, it might even be more than one day) and it pays a little more than the last job, so why not!
First off, I headed to the John Soane's Museum (the one that I tried to go to yesterday). He was one of Britain's greatest architect's in the late 1700s and 1800s. He bought a few flats and turned them into his home and eventually a museum to house all the artifacts and art he had collected over the years. There is a lot to see! Old paintings, Roman sculptures, books, furniture...it's basically the exact way he left it when he died in 1837. The house is my dream house, it has many floors and is full of nooks and crannies! Lots of random windows and little passages. I snuck 2 photos of the atrium area from the basement below.
After the museum I headed to Leicester Square where the Mission Impossible 3 premiere was going to take place. I was told 3-4:00 would be an OK time to get a good spot but I got there at 2:30 and the first row was already taken up behind the barriers. I found out that Tom Cruise was going to show, so I thought "What the heck, might as well wait it out and see what this is all about!" Lets just say that if I had known how long I would have ended up staying there, I wouldn't have done it! Below, a pic of the outside of the Odeon Theatre where it took place.
It was kinda neat seeing them put down the red carpet. And soon the paparazzi and entertainment shows arrived (ET, Extra, Access Hollywood, etc were all there). I was situated in front of the Odeon Theatre across the carpet from the entertainment networks. The first to arrive was Tom; he got there about 5:30ish. He took a long time with the fans and even kissed a cute old woman who was turning 80 that day, she had birthday balloons and was brought into the premiere and interviewed by all the shows! I didn't see Tom till a few hours later because he was taking a long time signing autographs and taking pics with fans in another area. Meanwhile, the other actors arrived. Here are some pics! Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan, and me and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (one of my favs!).
It took forever for Tom Cruise to come to our section because he had to run in and introduce the movie; then he came back out and had to be interview by about 20 shows before finally coming back to the fans. He made it to our section at around 9:00ish!!! I was thinking about leaving before then because my feet were really sore but I had already waited for a few hours and what's a little longer! When he came though, it was like an avalanche of people!!! It felt like I was in a mosh pit! I barely got a good pic even though I was close enough to touch him. Oh well, I exchanged emails with a nice girl named Takako whom I was chatting with and we will exchange pics (she got some good ones). There were paparazzi on step stools barging through and I ended up "sharing" one of the step ladders to get a few more shots, but it was impossible; I just held my camera up and snapped whatever happened to be in the shot. Haha! It was crazy but fun! It really makes you think how much it would suck to be a celebrity. People were just going nuts over him and yelling his name! I bet he can't go anywhere on his own without a million body guards.
It was kinda neat seeing everyone get interviewed and get there pics taken just like you see on TV. But I think the novelty is over now after seeing this. I'm not sure I'd want to wait that long again! Unless it's someone I'd really like to see like Angelina Jolie for example!
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Lincoln's Inn Fields
After the failed museum attempt, I decided to head toward The National Portrait Gallery and see where I ended up. I walked around Covent Garden and stopped in a cute tea shop where I bought some vanilla tea; it smells soooo good. Then I hit an area full of book stores so that lured me in for an hour or two! What next? I walked around Soho and each time I go there I always find a new part that I hadn’t seen before because the streets don’t make any sense; there are no grid patterns, so it’s hard to see it all and memorize where stores and other streets are.
Covent Garden Market
I made my way to Leicester Square and went for a Starbucks and studied Greek for another hour or so. Apparently they are having the “Mission Impossible 3” premiere in Leicester Square tomorrow, so I think I’m going to come down for that. It would be kinda neat to see Tom Cruise in person! Although I doubt he’ll show since he just had a baby; there are others in the movie I wouldn’t mind seeing like Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Laurence Fishburne; It’ll probably be packed though, I’d have to go early for a good spot!
By the time I finished all that it was too late to go to a museum so I wandered some more and went to Hamley’s Toy Store; it’s huge!
I got home around 8:30 and made myself a big bowl of pasta!
Sunday, April 23, 2006
While I was walking my shoes completely soaked through and my socks were sopping wet! My feet were sloshing around in my shoes! It wasn’t comfy at all! I was planning on going to the 4:30 service at Hillsong but I just couldn’t; I just wanted to go home and soak my cold feet in a bath and put nice warm dry socks on.
I finally made it home and did some grocery shopping. Now I’m going to make dinner and veg out on the couch and watch TV…it’s one of those kinda evenings!
Saturday, April 22, 2006
I planned to go to a museum around there anyways called the Huntarian Museum. It's based on specimens from John Hunter who was a pioneer surgeon in the 1700's. He would disect humans and animals to study anatomy. So in the musem there are tons of jars with things in them from fetuses, to intestines! It's pretty interesting if you can handle it. There are also oddities like examples of elephantitis inflicted limbs to a 7'7" skeleton of who was known as the "Irish Giant." It also showed instruments that surgeons first started using! Yikes! There was one kit for amputating limbs (without anesthesia!) Anyways, I like biology, so it was very interesting for me. There was no photography allowed but I snuck one pic in below!
After that, I started walking towards Soho. It's such a neat area! There are cafes everywhere with tables outside on streets that cars rarely drive down. In a way, it reminds me of Paris (the outdoor cafes that is). I stopped for a mocha in one of the cafes.
I went home after that and ended up going to a few pubs with Garreth and 4 of his friends. They were fun and we also went to an Italian restaurant and had pizza - really good!!!
Now I have to go to bed!! Night night!
Friday, April 21, 2006
Well not too much else to write about; I'm going to watch a special on the Queen tonight (she's all over the media here because it's her 80th birthday!)
Thursday, April 20, 2006
When I got there, I received a crash course in using the phone and was introduced to a few people. It was quite a stressful day! There were a ton of phone calls and I had to transfer them to the right people or take messages; sometimes there would be 3 calls at once and I just couldn't get to them all! Some accents were quite strong too, so it was hard to hear their names. They were also short staffed so a lot of the messages didn't get returned since everyone was very busy. I had to deep breath on my breaks to calm my nerves. The day went by fast though; 10 hours seemed like 2! I also got quite a few comments on my accent; people would ask where I was from and why I came to London so it was nice to chat for a bit. I think tomorrow will be a little easier since I will know what to expect and more people will be in. I hope it goes ok!
Now I'm at home relaxing and I'm going to make some tea and watch TV. Garreth went out to buy food and I asked him to pick up some nutella for my crumpets!! mmmmmm!
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to take pics in the Pixar Exhibit. It was pretty cool though. There were a bunch of concept art and sculptures. They showed their short movies and an animation created just for this exhibit; it was shown on a very wide screen and was very well done! There was also this contraption (I forget what it's called, starts with a "z") that was made up of rings and had Toy Story character figurines attached to it in different poses so when it spun and the strobe lights went on, it looked like they were all moving.
After that I decided to see the rest of the museum. Museums take a lot of effort! So much walking and so many things to see and take in. It was interesting but I had to leave and sit down with a cuppa. I took the bus back to Piccadilly and walked through the Burlington Arcade; Lots and lots of jewelry stores. I was almost blinded by all the bling! It was great! I then grabbed a pain au chocolat and tea and headed home.
Tonight I'm making pasta and taking it easy since I start my first UK job tomorrow (see last post) I found out today that they extended the hours so it'll be from 8am-6; I get a paid lunch though, so that's alright. We'll see how it goes!
I got off at the Natural History Museum and there was no crazy lineup like the last attempt at coming here! I had already seen the dinosaurs, so I did the mammal and Earth sections today. It was neat but there were so many kids! By the end I just wanted to get out of there.
I was starving when I left so I stopped at Pret (my fav café) to have a breadless sandwich (they are so good). Then off to Harrod’s. I spent quite a while in there! I had been in there a little while ago, but this time I saw rooms that I hadn’t seen last time (it’s huge!) I treated myself to a cuppa and a pain au chocolat; Soooooo good! I also bought some tea ( blend 49); I’ll try it out tonight! I know I like their assam tea so I’m sure it’ll be good. (Harrod's below)
What next? Then I caught a bus to Piccadilly Circus and walked around Soho towards Oxford Street. I got a phone call about a little temp job for Thursday and Friday! It’s not the job I mentioned in the last post but it something. It’ll be my first UK job! I’ll be a receptionist at an Audi car dealership. I’ve never been a receptionist, so it’ll be interesting! They’ll teach me how to use a switchboard. Yikes! I hope it’s not really busy.
I guess that’s it! I’m at home resting my poor rubber legs and I’ll try out my tea, oh, and Gareth brought home so hot cross buns! I haven’t tried those before! Mmmmmmm.