Tuesday, January 14, 2014

London, baby!


Not that anyone has asked me about my 3 favorite words, but I will tell you anyway. Care to venture a guess? No. You got it wrong, it's not "I love you". The 3 words, which I love so deeply are "mind the gap". To me, nothing screams "London" like these magical words. They are music to my ears because hearing them on a regular basis could mean only one thing - I'm in London, baby!

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I am convinced that London is still the ultimate metropolis. It was the center of the Empire up until not too long ago, it has a proud history, it's buildings reek class - all in all, it is still the center of the world. This post won't be long enough to fit everything I love about London. So I'll share just one thing: me, coffee in hand, my boyfriend's hand in the other (that's a figure of speech, I haven't actually cut off my bf's hand to drag around with me), walking along the riverbank from London Eye towards the Tower of London....Ah good times!

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I studied in London, I left and soon I'll move back there permanently. Until that happens, I'll always be appreciative of the short visits.
So it was November and we were discussing where to go for NYE. Initially we were set on Athens, then the diameter expanded to include Rimini and after all we said to ourselves - why not London? So it was decided. 
We flew on the 31st and we decided to skip the parties and to watch the fireworks. Was that optimistic, or what?! It was no later than 6 pm, we were trying in vain to get a table at All Bar One and we were wondering why are people with blankets waiting near London Eye? 

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We returned to our hotel on Waterloo Road and a few hours later, when it was past 11 pm, we optimistically decided to go to Westminster to watch the fireworks. That was a smart and innovative decision, which millions of others had taken as well (sarcasm alert!). We couldn't get anywhere near Westminster and we had to watch the fireworks from very far (that explained the people with the blankets we saw earlier). We were a bit disappointed, the rain was pouring over our heads, just like in these romantic-drama-cheesy movies, which we all love to hate. We were dragging our feet towards the hotel and then, all of a sudden, London happened

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To be perfectly honest, we didn't go to London just to see London. Another "fundamental" reason was an event that was taking place on the 1st: Circoloco New Year's Day at Coronet. Yes, we flew over the entire continent for a party. And what a party it was! I have to admit, I had never gone to an underground party outside Bulgaria. I didn't know what to expect but yet again, London never disappoints. The best thing - people don't care. They were dancing their brains out. Ok, as it was an underground party, located in Elephant and Castle (not the most family-oriented neighborhood), there were all kinds of people. If you are a sissy, or too narrow minded, you wouldn't feel particularly comfortable in this environment. Me - I'm a tough girl (oh my! What an arrogant thing to say, but I am the boss of this blog, so I'll write whatever the hell I want. Actually, you know what, I am Princess Leia. Yeah.). Right next to us there was a guy, dancing frantically, which we called Mr Slave. If you watch South Park, you already know what I mean, but I'll give you a preview anyway. So Mr Slave had a whip, on top of everything, and as he was constantly waving his whip, he'd hit my poor boyfriend from time to time. Oh well, we took it as the spicing of the party.

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If you are a prude, you are probably in deep discontent now, so I really hope you aren't. To lighten the mood I'll share the picture of a more conservative party animal - ME - no whips, slightly tipsy, armed with a cigarette and a Jack.

























On the next day we were again walking around London. The morning we were still heavy headed and hungovered. In the evening we decided to treat ourselves to a dinner in Strada @Royal Festival Hall, to compensate us for our troubles. This may not be the fanciest place in London, but it's hands down my favorite restaurant ever! If you are in town, go there and try the gamberoni! Mmmmm!

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While I was in Amsterdam, I met Santa in de Bijenkorf . If you are of curious nature, you probably saw the video. Yes I am THAT  shallow, I requested a Mulberry bag. Initially, I didn't know it was a video, I thought it was just a picture and that Santa was just being playful. Then I realized my mistake and I was thinking damn it, why didn't I say "world peace"? Why am I telling you this NOW? It turned out that I had made a wise choice because my boyfriend happened to have seen the video. So guess what, Santa said we'll see and got me nothing (I hate you, Santa), but my personal knight with a Visa card got me my very own gorgeous red Mulberry bag on our last day in London. Hey, don't take me for a gold digger, we've been living together for years, besides, I got him a present too! I totally deserved my precious bag. My PRECIOUSsssss.

Before we knew it, it was time to go. Once again, it felt like leaving home. I did recharge my batteries. It was the best New Year's ever. If you haven't gone to London yet, GO GO GO!
























xoxo

5 comments:

  1. London is as good as it gets! Seriously have to think about studying there!

    Brigita,
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    1. Thank you for you comment, sweety. I did study in London :)

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  2. Oh my gosh I am SO jealous!! London is my absolute dream vacation. I was trying to get my fiance to agree to go this spring but with planning a wedding I don't think it's the budget :(. I will get there one day!!
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    1. Hi gorgeous, London is really great, go there as soon as you get the chance, you'll have a blast! And if you write to me, I'll make you a list of my favorite spots :)) My advice is to go in the summer, because you'll get to appreciate it much more, in the spring there is a huge chance of constant rain anyway!

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  3. woaah how awesome that you actually got to study in London, and I can only IMAGINE how amazing it is to actually live there! I've only seen it in pictures and movies, but it always looks nothing short of stunning. and what an adventurous NYE you had! i just spent mine with my parents haha, no jet setting for this girl :/

    xo marlen
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