The Centre of Time.

Phew - what a weekend!

You'll be proud of me, folks. I had a fantastic time last night, met some nice people and ate pierogi in a Polish club opposite the Museum of Natural History. I even began the evening with a shot of cherry flavoured vodka! Before the meal, everyone was ordering drinks, and I decided to stick to my goal of having some sort of alcoholic beverage. The drinks soon arrived: an orange juice, a few beers and much to my horror (and everyone else's amusement) a vodka shot. Turns out my cherry flavoured vodka was straight up! Here's to starting off the dinner with a bang, eh? Cheers!

After dinner, we wandered around South Kensington for a while, before catching a tube back to Covent Garden. We enjoyed a couple more drinks and some good conversation until the pub (and trains) closed at midnight, when we headed home. All in all, I really enjoyed myself and it was great to get out on the town a bit. Are you impressed?

I dragged myself out of bed early this morning, as I was doing a little more sightseeing, with some blogger stalking on the side. Today I met up with the fabulous Grunge Dandy, who took me exploring in Greenwich. How much do I love playing tourist?



We had a coffee before wandering around a few different markets - six second hand books for 3 quid. Needhless to say, I was already impressed, love cheap books!

Afterwards, we headed into the sprawling Greenwich Park for a bit of a wander.



It was cloudy and overcast today which made for some fairly miserable pictures, but was still beautiful. We walked up a massive hill to get to the Royal Observatory. The first night I spent here in the flat, I noticed a green laser beam up in the sky over the Thames. I later found out that it was the home of the Prime Meridian, and have been meaning to visit ever since. Here I am, standing at the centre of time.



There were loads of people walking their dogs (and children) and to my delight, squirrels! G came prepared with a whole stack of walnuts. Look at the wee little buggers, aren't they completely adorable? I'm a trifle smitten with them.



It was a fantastic day and I had a ball. Thanks to G for the tours, and another big thankyou to whoever nominated me for a 20-Something Bloggers award! I'm chuffed to be up there as a 'Big Blog'; I don't know if I'd call it that but it's still exciting.

... Almost as exciting as this tree I photographed. Doesn't it look like a foot?


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42 comments:

Fiona said...

Real squirrels! Awesome!

Jacinta said...

I have been meaning to say hello for some time now... Your post today brings back many memories of when I was in London. It is such an amazing place. Sounds like you are having a great time and settling in well.
One great thing a group of my friends and I used to do regularly...
A book called "The Green London Way" outlined a series of walks which circumnavigate London, all the way following 'green' areas (parks, greens, commons etc) A total of over 90 miles. We used to meet and do sections of it, each time different friends leading the way. Sounds a bit 'daggy' perhaps, but it was a great Sunday excursion which got us out and about, socialising and seeing new parts of the broader city.
Continue to enjoy. There is so so much to do.

Solomon Broad said...

Have you been in a charity shop yet? You'll often get books for 10-20p in those places.

Vanessa said...

YAY for you! I love that picture of you feeding the squirrel, too cute.

Jamie said...

I can't believe that squirrel came so close to you!

P.S. I was one (probably of the many) who nominated you :)

HollowSquirrel said...

Loookat you playing with my brethern. Nice!

CUTE pics! Looks like you're enjoying yourself -- no surprise there!

AuburnKat said...

Yum...pierogies!

grungedandy said...

I had a fab time too & I'm so glade the sqiggle photos came out they were fast little cuties!
seeya hugya *G*

Kristabella said...

I didn't know squirrels would come up to you like that. Maybe only London squirrels.

Looks like a fun weekend!

Ree said...

Ummmmm, you had me at pierogi.

Love the pics, as usual. Especially the phone booth.

Virginia said...

Love your pics! Sounds like you had a fantastic night, and a fantastic day today. Being a tourist is so fun, hehe.

-R- said...

Fun!

I love your bag!

Siany said...

You make me want to move to London. But Im not a brave girl like you...
So so cute those squirrels! You look like youve made some new friends.... hehehe!

Tali said...

Love the pics! It sounds like you're having a blast =)

Deutlich said...

the squirrels are freaking adorable.

Dutchess of Kickball said...

Just curious, do you not have squirrels in Australia? Those things are practically rats in the US.

Jen said...

I love how you've taken to saying 'wee' all the time, so cute.

I'm so jealous of you feeding squirrels! They are so cute. I've only seen them from a distance as they ran across my cousins' back yard.

Leslie said...

F.Y.I. Check out my latest post when you get a chance!

Leslie said...

I'm afraid Dutchess of Kickball is right. Here in Virginia squirrels are pretty much considered vermin and I know some people who are so overtaken with them on their property that they have resorted to *GULP* shooting them. I would never do that however and think they're pretty funny and cute as well. There is an albino squirrel that lives in a tree in my mother's yard and is so tame that she will eat a peanut while on your knee. (Ooo! Good post topic & pics!)

Erin said...

That tree is awesome!

And congrats on your nomination! So cool! :)

Jess said...

I AM proud of you, though a bit horrified by how close you got to the squirrels. As always, I love your photos!

Kelly said...

saw your comment on Auburn Kat's and thought I would check your blog out. I LOVE London!!!

Noelle said...

That is a snazzy tree worthy of Tolkien. I also love the phone booth pic!

Lys said...

The pics are fabulous!!! Seems like all is workin' out.

kirby said...

I'M COMING TO LONDON...
screw it. who needs to be saving for a house deposit when there are fun things like SQUIRRELS to be seen, and places to go like THE CENTRE OF TIME! And RED PHONEBOOTHS!
I have become obsessed with the notion of travel.

Kirsten said...

I love your pictures! It makes me want to send my credit card payoff plan to the hills and visit London again.

I have a picture of myself at the Prime Meridian - I should upload it to my flickr album.

janet said...

adore the pics! the telephone booth is my fave :)

tiff said...

glad you had a great time and that you got to see some sights. Those squirrels are amazing!

Miss A said...

well done!!

I am pleased to hear you got into the fun!! You're there to have a good time, so don't be afraid to try new things.

And squirrels? We don't have THOSE here do we ;-)

~Mum~ said...

SQUIRRELS !!!!!!

omg - and that was what was in Greenwich - the 'mean time' thing LMAO

PS - you also got a nomination in the occupation section you know

Bee said...

Go the cherry flavoured vodka! Sounds great :)

rye said...

Aly, there are about eight hundred forty seven squirrels outside of my condo that I'd LOVE to ship over to you! :)

Good job on going out and having fun this weekend. OH, and on your blog nomination, too!! How exciting!

michelle and the city said...

congrats on the nomination!

and the pic of you feeding squirrels is simply adorable :)

Jenny said...

You are so freaking adorable!

RA said...

I'm so glad you got a picture with the phone booth! Good on you! Thinking about feeding those squirrels gives me the heebie-jeebies, though.

Laurel said...

You do have a body! It's very cute.

Also, I want pierogis now...

heidikins.com said...

Fan-freakin-tastic pics! And I love the new English slang you keep adding to your vocabulary.

AND, am super jealous you met the G! Is she fab in real life?!?

Kristie said...

I'm so glad you had fun! And a cherry vodka shot?? Tres yummy! Love love love the pictures!

Audrey said...

Way to be adventurous with the food and drink!

The squirrels, though? I just can't congratulate you on that...sorry. Around here, if you get bit by a squirrel you have to get rabies shots. Squirrels are not for getting close to (although they are funny when they sit in the trees and throw sticks down at my dog).

katelin said...

Aw I love your pictures! Looks like you're having a fabulous time :)

ashley said...

what cute pictures..

adorable. love the photo booth one.

Lady M said...

What a splendid day! I love the photo in the phone booth. And the tree looks like an Ent that could get up and walk away.





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