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February 28, 2014

Last of the summer

I spent the majority of my summer break in the northern hemisphere, so I haven't been doing many summery things (e.g. no beach yet this year!). On Tuesday, Wai Lam and I got together to do a goodbye-summer picnic.

But first, we brunched. She took me to this cafe underneath Bon Bon, the chocolate store at the end of The Strand (the Pitt St side), which I never knew existed. My eggs and bacon were satisfactory but the ice chocolate I got was AMAZING, best ice chocolate I've had in Sydney. Definitely going to go back to try their hot chocolate when the weather cools down.

We then hit up the supermarket and took the bus to the Botanical Gardens, where we set ourselves up. Pink wine and sorbet has become our picnic M.O.

A baby (?) kookaburra which settled on a low branch near us. It was less aggressive than the last one.

Last day of summer today... but I'm excited to wear my winter clothes and have some good midyear travel ideas (I've just got to rope my friends into them).

February 25, 2014

Day off

Technically I have a report to write but that's due in April so I've been giving myself lots of days off lately. On Friday, I caught up with some friends over tea and scones at The Tea Cosy, which I've blogged about before. Ice tea with scones might be slightly questionable but it was a hot day and the tea had fun frozen fruit involved.

One of my friends recently returned from Japan and she brought us these adorable chocolates! Which I ate in one sitting today. They were all tiny and delicious, I couldn't help myself.

February 21, 2014

China & HK haul

So here's what I bought when I was over in China (and Hong Kong for 2 days!). Not the best effort, but I think I was all shopped out from Europe (where we shopped every day). The two in the middle were definitely impulse buys borne out of a desperate desire to buy something (which is always dangerous) but since they're mine now I'm going to enjoy wearing them.

  • Scarf from a random stall in Shanghai - I'd been looking for a big navy knitted scarf for ages and I finally found it here. There was a tiny defect in it so my mother managed to bargain it down to $7AUD.
  • Contrast collar shirt and grey trousers from Uniqlo (Shanghai) - Trousers I had been looking for, the contrast collar shirt just because it was pretty. It's rayon, which drapes more nicely than cotton and lower maintenance than silk. I got it in about half a size too large, because in my experience rayon shrinks in the first wash.
  • Loafer socks from Uniqlo (HK) - I feel like these were a valid buy... also I managed to buy from Uniqlo off three different continents this season, without even visiting one of them. They need to start paying me for talking about them so much.
  • Striped dress from Muji in HK - I usually just admire the clothes in Muji because they're weirdly expensive, but it wasn't the case in Hong Kong. So I bought this dress. It's going to be my winter ugly dress, it's as flattering as a sack but I love it (I will show you when the weather cools down).
Hm, I haven't really been in a blogging mood lately. Uni's not exactly busy right now but it's all very different stuff this year so I've been busy trying to get everything organised and started for my research project. We'll see how things go!

February 15, 2014

London (again) i

London, or as we nicknamed it, Lon-don't-know-where-my-money-went. All the good places to shop and eat put quite a dent in our finances. Anyway, I love London and wouldn't mind living there for a while.

Started off our first full day with a visit to Camden markets.

The British Museum.

We took a day trip to Oxford, which we had good weather for.

It's a super cute town.

By the end of the day I was just really sad that I don't go to uni here.

After we got back from Oxford, we soldiered on to take advantage Tate Modern's late closing time.

Tate Modern is one of my favourite art museums, I would say.

Brick Lane markets on a Sunday.

We visited Dennis Severs' House, which Louise had mentioned in one of her London posts. There's no pictures allowed inside but it was pretty interesting.

Laduree at Covent Garden.

Oxford St.

Accidental unfocused picture, but I love that you can still tell it's London.

Trafalgar Square from the steps of the National Gallery.

Harry Potter Studios at Leavesden!

Seeing the sets and such in real life was pretty awesome, but I've gotta admit I was more excited about the gift shop.

Finally got to taste Butterbeer! It's sort of like creaming soda with vanilla ice cream on top. It's probably not to everyone's taste but I liked it. I wish they had a warm version for winter.

The very photogenic model of Hogwarts, in the snow.

Part ii coming up! Almost finished with my Europe posts, I promise.

February 13, 2014

Eating around Europe

Firstly, hello I am back from China. I couldn't get onto Blogger but couldn't seem to post or comment over there, so sorry about that (lucky I scheduled posts). I'm in the process of returning comments and replying to questions now! Anyway, I do have a couple of posts from Europe left so I'll get to posting those up and then save my China ones for a rainy day.

If you guys have been wondering about the lack of food pictures from my Europe posts, it's because I've been saving them up for this! I'll be guest posting on Michelle's blog, Daisybutter, this year and this is the first installment. I'm about two weeks late with linking it up but I couldn't do it overseas. So click here to check it out.

I'm turning comments off this post because I need to return all the comments from my previous couple of posts. I know I haven't been the most engaged blogger this summer, but I'll be working on a research paper all year in 2014, so I'm hoping I'll have a bit more time to blog than I usually do.

February 6, 2014

Paris (again) ii

Continuation of the last post.

Our Christmas Eve continues. After we returned from Versailles, we walked around our area (which included Notre Dame).

Mass was happening but they were still letting tourists in, surprisingly.

Had a look in Shakespeare and Co too. It's a nice place but the books are really overpriced. I suppose you go for the concept and experience of the store.

Our Christmas Eve dinner, which we put together from supermarket food (including salad in a bag). Wai Lam was a dear and decorated the table with the Laduree newspaper.

On Christmas Day, we went to Montmartre.

We visited Espace Dali, because Wai Lam is a big fan. I was surprised there weren't more people there, as so many other things are closed on Christmas Day.

Pompidou Center, which was also open on Christmas Day.

Weird hair piece.

Overall, neither of us enjoyed Pompidou much. There was a cool surrealist exhibition, though.

The next day, we checked out the Catacombs. It holds the bones of 6 million people, moved there from overfilled cemeteries.

It's sort of eerie how decoratively they had arranged the bones.

We then went to Musee d'Orsay. No photos throughout most of the museum, but it's really nice inside. I liked it, but we had to rush through it as we needed to catch our Eurostar.

One last look at the Seine before saying goodbye to Paris.