Dear readers, if some of you are still hanging onto my blog after such a long pause, I owe you a big favour! As promised, here are the last updates about my stay in London this summer. It took me 1000 years but… better late than never?
Picture: courtesy of Italians of London
In August, I was spoiled with a splash of culture: my parents came for a visit and we managed to squeeze in a ballet show at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and a classical concert at – the one and only – Royal Albert Hall. Of course, sightseeing was also in order! I don’t get how people can get tired of sightseeing in London, there’s always something new to discover! My rambling about London’s fabulousness will never stop.
In September, I definitely went crazy and tried to do and see as many things as possible! My list of things to do/see/eat in London was getting longer and longer and I couldn’t bare the idea of not making the most of the time I had left! Maniac much? Hey, it’s not everyday you get to spend three months in London. I’m very proud to say I’ve watched my very first opera, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly with my dear colleague Anastasia (a big thank you!) at the Hackney Empire. Then, I’ve attended my first webinar which focused on social media (what else?) organised by Julie Falconer (you might have heard of her blog, A Lady in London). Another crazy idea I had was to organise a one-day marathon sightseeing with all the last things I needed to see. It was two weeks before coming back home so I thought that was my best shot. I also managed to squeeze in my visit to the Guildhall Art Gallery. I discovered these guys on Twitter as I began following different bloggers from London. I promised them to visit one of their most promising and exciting exhibitions called Victoriana: The Art of Revival and decided to write an article about it. I couldn’t wait, I was so curious to see what it was all about. It sounded like nothing I’ve ever seen! I read about it on the website of course, but nothing beats seeing it with your own eyes.
The last things on my never-ending list were watching a musical and maybe going to a jazz concert. Again, I have to thank my colleague Anastasia who gave me a few precious tips on musicals and how to find the best deals and so on. Together we went to see Wicked and I have to say it’s not a bad choice for a first musical! I wasn’t getting too excited about going to a jazz concert because I figured I might not have time and wouldn’t know where to go. Again, luck was on my side because my host lady invited me to her cousin’s jazz performance at The Pheasantry, a cosy and classy venue. The perfect way to end my last weekend in London!
How about I dedicate an article to each of these thrilling events, so I can make up for my delay? Yay or nay? I’d say yay! Besides I’ve missed writing about things not related to my MA dissertation. More tomorrow, I promise!