I turned 31 this weekend and decided to take a trip to Scotland as a birthday present to myself. I was a bit nervous about the trip, but it turns out that I love the city. The beautiful greens and the fantastic foods made Edinburgh a place to remember.
I have 8 weeks left in the city I’ve fallen in love with. London has it all – the sights, sounds, spaces that have helped me fill up my evenings and weekends for 10 months.
I figure I should spend the next 2 months saying good bye to the city the best way I know how: photography. I plan to visit a mix of the main tourist sights and a few of the lesser known spots and sharing the images online. Hopefully the pictures turn out nice, but even if they don’t, the exploration and sight seeing will help me feel like I truly got to know the city of London.
9 weeks until I leave London for my professorship in Toronto. I want to make the absolute best of my time here in London. That doesn’t just mean having fun, but getting in touch with my environment. Photography is one of the best ways to do this in my opinion, otherwise I find myself taking my surroundings for granted. No where is this more true than in my immediate surroundings in the East Village near Stratford Station. I’m glad I’ve taken some time to look around with my camera in hand, b/c this area is gorgeous (esp. now that we have some spring weather).
It is one of the most unique and beautiful spots in London *some* of the residents know it. Aware of the marketing opportunities that tourists with instagram can provide, some residents seem to organise their homes and vehicles to encourage photography and to produce the best pictures. Other residents hate the tourists and others couldn’t care less and park their cars in the way of the best pictures b/c they have the right to. Despite that, I never leave the Portobello without a my share of great shots. The best part, the area is very close to parks and pubs, encouraging a full day exploring travelling London and taking pictures:
London has yet to fail me. My academic career gives me the opportunity to explore the city, finding new cafes and libraries from which to work on papers and research analysis, and London seems to never run out of new areas for me to work from. Today I made my way to Camden Town, a rock-n-roll style vibe and a beautiful market made for a supply of street food to try and architecture to photography:
I visited a little alley in London known as Neil’s Yard. The spot is next to Covent Garden stands out for its vibrant colours, hippie-vibe, and beauty. Apparently, it was started in 1976 to support a bulk food store and has since developed in an alley that is both a residential spot and known for its health and food stores as well as a few cafes.
The area is absolutely gorgeous, almost every little detail seemingly has a story to share.
I was pretty skeptical about Wivenhoe which I mistakenly characterised as nothing else but a small-town and boring place. I, as a big city person, will probably never want to live in Wivenhoe, but I have grown to enjoy its architecture, its life style, and the open and friendly community it seems to have created for itself. As far as the architecture is concerned, here is some what I am talking about: