Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Borough Market

One more market for now....

I went to Borough Market early last Saturday morning. Like Camden Market, I found that going early is the best way to experience the market without the crowds. Borough Market, which is located by London Bridge, is one of London's oldest markets (dating back to the 11th century) that is home to all kinds of produce, fresh food, and flower stalls.

I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Thankfully this market is only one bus ride away (easier commute than Camden Market). There are plenty of coffee shops, pubs, and restaurants surrounding the market, so there is no chance that you will leave hungry. 

Plus, the sun was shining! I feel like that is a win-win in my book. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Camden Market

One thing that I really wished I had done when I first lived in London was to go to more markets. There are so many markets throughout the Greater London, and no two are alike. Since I still have some time before the start of term, I've decided to stop by a few of the markets this week.

On Friday, I visited Camden Town in the morning to go the markets before it got too crowded, and I'm glad I did! There was so much to see, and by the time that I left, it was almost too hard to navigate through all of the stalls. The market, which is comprised of smaller markets, is placed in an eccentric district north of the city center. Plenty of vintage clothing, second-hand books, homemade goods, and yummy food.

By late morning, the food stalls had opened up and the air was filled with wonderful aromas from all the different types of food. Truly, you could fill up by eating all of the free samples. Something to note if you are cheap. As easy as it is to get food that I'm accustomed to, I've decided to try something new: Indian food - another thing that I've always been hesitant to try, even when I first lived in London. In case you were wondering, I LOVED it. But don't ask me to name what I ate. Baby steps. 

I'm so upset that this is the first time visiting Camden Market, especially since it wasn't too far  away from where I lived before. The markets here go on and on forever, and it is full of tourists (wait, am I still considered a tourist?) and locals alike. It was definitely worth the three trains that it took for me to get there. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New life update!

Hello everyone. Time to break my internet silence and give an update on my current situation! Last weekend I moved back to London for grad school. So I've decided to start up my blog again to keep family, friends, and other readers up to date on everything.

And here we go!


This past week has been a whirlwind of packing, unpacking, purchasing things for my new flat (sorry, dad), exploring places near me, and getting ready for grad school. At this point, I only have a random selection of pictures of places that I've been to these past few days.

On Tuesday, I went to Covent Garden for some shopping. It was the only day last week that actually rained, so I was was glad to seek shelter in the covered area of the Market Building. You can see Charles P├ętillon's installation of balloons, which I believe are up until today. Bummer, they are such an interesting way to fill the open space of the building. 

And finally, since the weather here in London has been very beautiful, I've been going down to Clapham Common everyday to run. Unfortunately, the pictures don't really show how large and beautiful this place is. Plus, I swear there were a million little kids running around the park when I was taking these pictures. 

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