I Am In Poole

I Am In Poole

For the first May Bank Holiday, I found myself in the North of England at York and the Lake District. For this Bank Holiday, I instead headed South to Poole! In fact, this getaway was a nice surprise planned (and perfectly executed) by my friends for my birthday. I'm not a huge birthday person, I usually wake up grateful to see another year, and just get on with my day (maybe wearing a new outfit). 8am on a Sunday morning, I found myself in a car on the way to Poole - AMAZING! Poole is a large coastal town in Dorset, and boasts an amazing sand beach architecturally extravagant houses like nothing I had seen before in the UK. We spent two days in Poole, staying at the Cottonwood Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth. This was really convenient as Poole is only a 15 min drive from the Poole beach meaning we were close to everything we wanted to do. We first headed to...
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I Don't Know Who To Travel With!

I Don't Know Who To Travel With!

Choosing the right travel companion is a key part of (almost) guaranteeing a smooth sailing holiday. Although frequently overlooked, I cannot emphasise the importance of selecting a travel partner carefully, and to not simply plan travels with anyone available at the time. As a young child, I only ever travelled with my parents, immediate or extended family. At that age, this is great. As a young adult and into my early 20s, I became more selective with which 'friends' I wanted to travel with. There's a famous saying that states that: 'You don't know the true colours of a person until you live with them, travel with them, or have dealings with them.' I can't vouch for this more. Although I have not personally had any issues when travelling with friends, I do notice the importance of having similar interests and lifestyle when on a holiday with someone. Something as basic as where to eat could cause an issue if one person wants to go somewhere a...
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I am at Darwin Brasserie

I am at Darwin Brasserie

I'm not a huge 'brunch' person - I think it's more of an American/ European thing to do. Us Brits have begun to brunch more so now, with the coming of the 'hipster' trends. A friend recommended visiting the Darwin Brasserie for breakfast/lunch and of course, I'm not one to ignore recommendations and managed to book a table for 10.30am on May Bank Holiday Monday. The Darwin is located in the Sky Garden. It is free to enter the Sky Garden (with a booking) but separate pre-booking of the resturants is usually required. I opted for the buffet continental breakfast. When booking, I specifically asked for a table with a nice view. There are some tables for two located on the edge (as I was seated), but there are also some tables more inside the restaurant for larger groups. My first plate of food was made up of pastries, nuts and some fruit. I went for seconds with some bread, croissant...
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I am in York

I am in York

All throughout the Easter break, I stayed in University to complete some work in a quiet environment. Because of this, I instead took a long weekend off at the end of the holidays. I travelled to York and the Lake District for a relaxing few days in the North of the UK. I have never been to York before and was pleasantly surprised by this old but beautiful city. York City has been walled since the Romans were around and a lot of this wall still exists to this day. There are distinct gates (as below) where it is clear where the walls were. It is also possible to walk along the wall around the city. The biggest attraction by far is to see York Minister. This iconic gothic-style Cathedral is one of the biggest of its kind in North Europe. It is possible to enter with a fee, however, as we didn't have much time in the day and a list...
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I Am Overlooking London from University!

I Am Overlooking London from University!

I have been extremely busy as of late, with many exciting opportunities and events that have taken place. I wanted to share this location that I stumbled upon during my studies at King's College London. There is a lecture theatre on the 30th floor whereby some of my final year lectures were held. The view from this floor is absolutely outstanding, facing the Shard and central London. Lucky for me, it was a bright sunny day, and I was able to take some stunning pictures using my iPhone. It is a bit limiting as to how many different photos you can take due to the thick glass and also the lack of any other directionality. Never-the-less, I managed to capture the beautiful curve of the River Thames, spiralling past Tower Bridge, and following down to the financial district. Unfortunately, this view isn't available for the general public. As I recently studied at King's, I was able to access the building. A similar...
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I am at the Saatchi Gallery

I am at the Saatchi Gallery

I've had my eye on the Saatchi Gallery for a while, but I had never visited as usually galleries/ museums close at 6pm. After a long day looking at cells through a microscope, the last thing I want to do is look at ANYTHING else. Last weekend, I went to a photographers meet-up at the Atlas Gallery in Marylebone. There was an piece in the Time Out magazine advertising the 'Fashion Show' exhibition that highlights fashion photography over the past six decades. When I arrived, I was slightly taken aback by how small the Atlas Gallery was - the words Fashion Show suggested an actual show. It seemed a bit like an open-house gallery as the paintings were for listed and for sale. As I didn't want to return home after 30 mins out, I remembered that the Saatchi Gallery is not too far away from the Atlas Gallery. The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea is different to any others that I had been to...
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I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

Geneva is one of those places that are spectacularly beautiful, preserving its culture, language and style within a relatively small city - known as the 'smallest of big cities'. Geneva is one of the French speaking regions of Switzerland, and the second-largest United Nations Office of the UN. I recently visited Geneva for four days with my brother and cousin. This is my second time visiting Geneva, the last time being September 2013. I will be breaking up this trip into two parts, as I managed to squeeze a lot in such a short space of time. We were staying with some family in the lovely are of Carouge. On the first day, we took a little walk around the area and caught the bus into the city centre. The street cars are electrically powered and environmentally friendly - maybe something we could do with to reduce pollution in London (?) They do look extremely elegant and classy also! We visited Manor, a...
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I am at the University of Cambridge

I am at the University of Cambridge

I was invited to the University of Cambridge to teach as part of a scheme for tutors. The last time I visited Cambridge was in 2013 for a conference and ever since, I have been looking forward to my next visit. I grabbed this opportunity by the horns, and after finishing the day at about 3pm, I walked around Cambridge to visit most of the Colleges. Luckily, it was a very sunny (but chilly) day, allowing me to briskly walk around the city without always ducking for shelter from the UK downpours of rain. A one-way train ticket cost around £4 (with a railcard) from London Liverpool Street. I was based in Newnham's College for the day - an absolutely fabulous and mesmerising College for women only. It was the first College built allowing women to go to university at Cambridge, and so it prides itself in this equality of the sexes. Some Colleges are open to the public at given times...
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I am in South Kensington

I am in South Kensington

I spent a year in South Kensington during my Master's at Imperial College London. At the time, I was inundated with studies and didn't really take the time to explore and appreciate the region. I thought it may be a good idea to take a little time exploring the area, visiting the museums and other significant features of the area. For those not familiar with London, South Kensington is located in West side of London and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It's a particularly upmarket area and where one can only dream to reside in. 1. Royal Albert Hall This concert hall, best known for holding the Proms during the Summer, is one of London's beautiful structures. It is of personal significance to me as it was here that my graduation ceremony was held in 2014. The inside is absolutely beautiful, although you cannot enter without having a pass for a ticketed event. The Royal Albert Hall is behind Imperial College London,...
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Best Free Skyline View of London!

Best Free Skyline View of London!

  I consider myself a tourist even in my own city, London. I try to regularly adventure through parks, taste new restaurants and meet new people at group meet-ups. I recently found out about the Sky Garden at the top of the (relatively) new Walkie Talkie building. The Sky Garden is free to visit with prior booking. Once inside, there isn't a time limit and we were free to purchase drinks/ snacks and to sit down and wander around for as long as we wished. We chose 3pm as our entry time to allow us an experience of both the day and night (sunset is now 4pm)! The Sky Garden was fairly busy (due to the festive time of year) but numbers were controlled due to the requirement of a previous booking. I wouldn't really call this a 'garden', there were a few pots of plants here and there, and it DEFINITELY did not feel garden-like. Never-the-less, it was a pretty location and...
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