Well well… long time no see. 😀 I have been away three and a half months from this page that I call my own in this big scary World Wide Web, but now that I have returned, it feels great, the way you feel when you come home. So my dear readers (who might have long since forgotten me) rest assured that this time I am back for good. I have completed ten great months in London, finished two semesters of my Masters degree, well under way on my dissertation, I have a new job to speak of and just a few hours short of hitting a life event (more of that later). So I am all set to rant away till the sun sets. :p
First about the blog title…Amy Winehouse style indeed! Let me just say that I am bad at giving titles and Amy Winehouse crooning Back to Black in her deep voice just put me back in the mood to channel my thoughts into words. So here…I dedicate this blog to the joy and hope her amazing lyrics have given me and other newbie writers.
That done, let me tell you about what I have been doing all this while I was not blogging (or watching TV or simply lazing around :p). Ahhh don’t worry I will tell the story in pictures. 😀
Road tripping through Scotland happened.
This the kind of terrain we drove through. Real test of driving skills 😀
History, great hospitality & a beautiful land- the perfect recipe for an unforgettable holiday!
and a trip to Manchester
Old Trafford, Manchester United stadium
Manchester as seen from Cloud 23, the 23rd floor skyline bar
The ancient York city walls
York as seen from the York minster tower
Old railway ads in the National Railway museum in York. They even had some of the first railway coaches.
Medieval house still used as The Merchant Guild Hall. York is dripping with history and architecture like this, Norman forts, Georgian houses and even Viking remains I learned.
A street in Bath. Charming and well worth its UNESCO world heritage site title is all can say about this beautiful city. Quick fact, Bladud the legendary King and father of King Lear was supposed to have been cured of Leprosy after bathing in the hot springs in Bath following which he founded the city of Bath long forgotten after the Roman times in Britain
Royal Crescent the Georgian novelty houses turned hotels and museum
The Roman Bath complex housing the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Museum holding finds from the Roman Bath
Natural Hot spring water gushing out of a spring overflow built by the ancient Romans to feed the different Baths in the complex
I finally visited the site and stared in awe and reverence while friends made fun of me!
The beautiful countryside near Stonehenge
Great Portland station- the oldest underground station in London. It was like I was transported back to 1900.
and Thorpe park
Colossus, the record breaking twisted 10 loop roller coaster
As if the Colossus wasn’t twisted enough, there was the Swarm. Seriously crazy ride. Thought I was a goner!
Ahhh getting drenched on a blistering hot day on the Tidal Wave. Heaven.
not to mention The Olympics
At the Opening ceremony rehearsal. I still can’t believe I was there!
(All the Olympic photos credit go to my friend Jodie and the Scotland & Manchester trip photos to Pooja, Hitesh, Umar & Vishnu. :))
An AWESOME performance!
The Indian touch. Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture at the Olympic Park. Proud but still don’t understand it. :p
It has been an exciting summer here in Kingston and as I write, I hear the cheers resounding in the air for the Olympics Women’s cycling road race that is under way. Cyclists cruise through this town as residents gather around pubs and all along the route to cheer and blow horns, wave flags and show the cyclists support on their six hour long strenuous race. I did my part for the Men’s road race yesterday but feel too lazy today to move my butt to step outside into the rain and cheer. So I am showing my support by waving from my kitchen. Yes that’s right the cyclists cruise past my compound. 😀
Ok…the photo is the product of lazy zooming in amidst rain from my kitchen. See if you can spot the cyclists.
Anyway am saving all my energy for my five hour shift at work tomorrow and I have no intention of standing there braving the cold. Yessss the sun is missing from the English summer or at least it is this year, as a British friend carefully explained to me. Supposedly the sun is a limited edition item even in summer here. Yeah all those shorts gone waste!
And we finally arrive at the topic of the major life event. 😀 J 😀
I turn 25 tomorrow! A quarter of a life well lived and I thank the person above for making these years as joyful as it has been and hope I continue to be showered with more blessings. Anyhoo at least now on I can blame all my confusions and crazy behaviour on Quarter life crisis and Pop! I have opened the champagne. 😀
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