I wish I could spend my days at a coffee shop, working on something photography-related.
The sun is out in London after consecutive days of gloomy grey skies. My mum was amazed that there was sunshine streaming into my room this morning. Perfect for her because she decided to explore London on her own instead of joining a Korean-speaking group tour. For a middle-aged Korean woman she is quite independent. She says she prefers to walk and explore alone. I most definitely get it from her!
Granger & Co is the London branch of Sydney Bill's. I've been to both in Notting Hill and Clerkenwell and, let me tell you, the food is consistently divine and I would say better than Bill's in Sydney.
Have a light dinner the night before, go here for brunch the next day and order the full Aussie breakfast and the ricotta hot cakes (the best fluffy hot cakes ever) for "dessert". You will not regret it!
I want to go again. Actually, when my mum is in London I'll take her here when we go to Notting Hill. So excited! Can't believe I'm going to see her tomorrow!
She'll be in London for ten days and then we're going to go on a mummy & daughter trip to Paris for the last four days. Taking a week off work next week to be her tourist guide :)
I remember taking these photos before full-time work in London. I had a list of places to visit and ventured out everyday and explored London. It was in May, the city heading towards summer, where I cycled on a Boris bike to the park. If Sydney has its beaches, London sure has its selection of impressive parks.
Speaking of May and summer, it has been half a year since I've moved to London! Autumn has hit the town with its crisp air and golden foliage. Wow, half a year has passed already. Before you know it, it's Christmas and then 2015.
I feel like I should be more productive these days. More action rather than planning. Plant more seeds, so to speak, to eventually reap what I sow. Yet here I am spending my free time aimlessly and writing down a list of goals with no plan of action. Part of the problem is that I attempt to do everything at once, eventually burn out and I'm left with mediocracy. I need to remember that every hour counts and by doing a little each day, it all adds up.
I've noticed a pattern: I get pumped up, all motivated for a few days, maybe weeks, but then after awhile lose focus, get distracted and never achieve the desired outcome.
... is what I need.
Suomenlinna is an island 15 minutes from Helsinki by ferry and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is a fortress around the island which was built to prevent the Russians from invading. It truly is picturesque and definitely worth the visit if you ever visit Helsinki.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain
It was comforting to see family and friends from Sydney halfway across the world, speaking in Korean and also eating kimchi jji-gae with pork ribs that my 큰엄마 (Aunt) made for us. Bless her.
These are photos from my first trip ever to Paris in July this year.
I will be on the Eurostar tomorrow morning for my third trip to Paris, again for work. To add onto that, I'm going again in October with my Mum for leisure. I plan to visit the Versailles, do more sightseeing and actually go inside the Notre Dame and Louvre with her (I've only taken photos outside it).
Wow, if I could go back and tell myself back in January that I would be going to Paris four times within four months, I would never have believed it. Feeling blessed.