8.17.2018

658. Eurotrip Day 3 of 28 | Shopping and Nobu

leftbanked outfit
Today was a good day. I had a pretty productive morning work session. Then I had a successful shopping trip. Then a delicious dinner at Nobu. It's my final night in London. Tomorrow night I fly to Spain..I am really excited to see my boyfriend again. We've only been apart a few days but it feels like way longer hahah. I feel I didn't do as much in London this time..but it was nice to catch up with Anouk. I'm really looking forward to the rest of my trip.

Le Pain Quotidien
There is a Le Pain Quotidien right beside my hotel so I went there for breakfast and a few hours of work this morning. It was definitely the most enjoyable "work breakfast" I ever had. I really liked the atmosphere there and the staff were really nice. & I loved the porridge!

shopping
Then shopping at Selfridges!

VAT refund
Fendi ice cream
There was this Fendi pop-up in Selfridges. I got a hazelnut gelato popsicle. It was sooo delicious.

Stella McCartney Adidas
Then I went to the Adidas store across the street, not planning to really get anything (since I was just in the Toronto store recently and didn't find anything I liked). I loved it here! The selection is so much better than in Toronto (as with most stores lol) and I found so many things I wanted. A lot of the designs I've never even seen. I bought these things here, except the pale pink tshirt. The fit resembled a wet suit too much. Just when I thought my Stellasport/Stella McCartney Adidas phase was over lol.

Galvins
After that I rushed back to my hotel to drop everything off before going to meet Anouk for a quick drink prior to our dinner.

Nobu London Park Lane
Then dinner at Nobu! It was my first time here. The food was all really good. I over-ordered though, as usual, and left feeling really full. I will make a separate post dedicated to this dinner in the future.


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8.16.2018

657. Eurotrip Day 2 of 28 | Buckingham Palace

hotel breakfast
Today was a really rainy (and cold) day here in London. I started off having breakfast at my hotel. Then I worked for a bit before heading to lunch to meet with Anouk. It was our first time seeing each other again since she came to visit Toronto in April this year. After that we went for a tour inside the state rooms of Buckingham Place. I REALLY wish we could've taken photos inside because it was so ornate and beautiful. But unfortunately it was strictly prohibited so all I have from the tour is this:

Buckingham Palace ticket
You have to purchase timed tickets in advance. Even though ours was for 2:15pm, we ended up finally getting in around 2:45pm. There was a lot of people and everyone has to go through security check. & I think we finished around 3:20pm..so the line to get in was pretty much the same amount of time we spent actually inside lol. Then we went to visit the gift shop and probably spent even more time in there.

Harrods
Then we went to walk around Harrods for awhile. On my previous trips to London, I literally came to Harrods every day and ate a lot of meals at their restaurants. So it felt really familiar to me. I didn't buy anything though. I don't have any particular (major) thing I want to buy on this trip..tomorrow I'll walk around some clothing stores and see if I can find anything.

Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Cafe
Then a late lunch/early dinner at Harvey Nichols' Fifth Floor Cafe. I got a sea bass. It was delicious!!

After the meal Anouk and I parted ways. I had the most annoying time getting back to my hotel. I was going to take the tube back to save time (since I had a lot of work emails waiting for me) rather than walk (which would've taken maybe 35min). The tube was extremely hot and super crowded. I don't think I've ever been on anything as packed. So I got out a couple stops before mine to walk the rest of the way. I was also pretty nervous being in such a crowded space so I wanted to get out. I ended up walking the wrong way since my GPS was completely unreliable and nearly ended up where I started (where I first got in the tube). So I had to walk back and by that time I was already pretty exhausted so I went to a cafe to rest and try to catch up on my work via their wifi/on my phone. But it was a super slow connection so that didn't work out so well.

Anyways, I eventually made it back. Had an issue with my room key (had to go up and down a few times for them to fix it) then grabbed my laptop and went out again to eat while catching up on work.

Penhaligons Windows
Oxford Circus Station


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8.15.2018

656. Eurotrip Day 1 of 28 | Arriving in London!

Regent Street
Hello from London! It's currently 1:30am here. We arrived in London early "yesterday" morning. We flew from Toronto Pearson Airport to London Gatwick (which is very inconvenient I now realize). From there we took the Gatwick Express into the city and then a cab to my hotel. We were both so exhausted by the time we arrived with jetlag and all.
My boyfriend stayed here most of the day then flew to Spain. I am always used to travelling/exploring alone and love it, but now that he's gone I feel a strange sense of loneliness lol. I guess this is a good thing though. I'll be going later this week to meet him again..then we will continue our month-long trip around several countries in Europe. So excited!! Besides Hong Kong, London is the city I've travelled/spent the most time in. So coming back I got a feeling of familiarity. All the other cities on this trip will be ones I'm visiting for the first time ever though.

Coincidentally my friend Anouk is also in London these few days so we will be meeting up again. Every time we meet up it's in a different city. One of these days I'll actually make it to Luxembourg..hahah.

I'm going to try my best to do these daily blog posts again, or at least every other day. I really enjoy doing them when I travel, looking back and writing about the day to look back on in the future. I am working the same as I do in Toronto though (I work online/remotely) so I am still going to be pretty busy. Hopefully I will have a bit of time at the end of every night to do this. I will post a maximum of 10 photos per day then the rest I'll post when I get back to Toronto. Which - as you may know with my Asia blog posts - will be quite a lengthy process.

yyz to lgw
view from the plane
It was my first time flying with British Airways. Overall the flight was pretty good. Just the air in the cabin was super dry. I managed to sleep a little which I *never* usually do on flights.

Oxford Street
Bodeans BBQ
I'm staying near Oxford Circus this time. After checking in to the hotel we took a nap for awhile then went out in search of food. Since we were so hungry we kind of chose the first decent one we saw. We ended up at Bodean's BBQ which turned out to be very good.

Fornasetti
Liberty London
Regent Street
Puma sneakers
If you know me, you'll know that flat shoes/sneakers are extremely rare for me to buy. I decided to buy a new pair for this trip so I got these Puma ones. I really love the colour. They match my socks colour pretty well too hahah.

watermelon water

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8.13.2018

655. Recent Life | Vacation Plans

Eggspectation pancakes
It has been nearly a month since my last post. I've been so busy lately due to work and also vacation planning! I haven't had time to post until now which is literally the night before my trip (and I really wanted to make a final post before leaving)! I'll be travelling around a few countries in Europe for the next month with my boyfriend..including Spain where he is from. I will keep the other countries a secret for now until we visit them but they include a few places I've always wanted to visit. I will do my very best to do daily trip updates (since I managed to do them on my previous 2 trips) but it'll be quite difficult. I'll be working the same while there so I might not have as much time..but I'll try! I'll of course be updating my Instagram quite frequently.

British Pounds
Pizzeria Libretto
Pie Bar spaghetti
Pie Bar Toronto
The Fix Ice Cream
leftbanked
Italian Soda
Amano Pasta
Dineen Commerce Court
This is my new favourite place to go and work. It's literally right down the street from where I live yet its taken me so long to come. I've now become a regular there lol. A lot nicer atmosphere (and tea) than Starbucks.

Union Station
Union Chicken
Miku scallops
Last weekend for my sister's birthday, I went with her and my mom for dinner at Miku

Miku sashimi
Miku Toronto
Miku desserts
Miku pavlova
I really loved the pavlova!

Toronto harbourfront
fat raccoon
Pravda Toronto
Pravda Vodka Bar
Coras fruit crepe
Dineen Coffee
Hennessy Pomeranian
leftbanked haircut
Sunset Grill fruit waffle
Kay Pacha ceviche
Dinner at Kay Pacha

Kay Pacha watermelon mojito
Kay Pacha
St Lawrence Market
Market Street Catch
Hennessy Pomeranian
Hennessy after a fresh haircut

leftbanked shoes United Nude Issey Miyake
Los Colibris
Dinner at Los Colibris

Los Colibris
Los Colibris dessert
Hennessy Pomeranian
VOLOS
baklava

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