I got back from London last night and started writing a post, but my brain switched off half way through and I went to bed instead 😛 so here it is!
I got to London at 2pm on Friday, while Antonia was still at work. While I was waiting I wandered around Oxford street. Since my bag was really heavy I spent a good hour or so in various cafes, trying (and failing!) to make sense of my physics assignment. I was pretty tired when we met up at just gone five, so we went back to her house, made dinner and vegetated all evening!
On Saturday we spent most of the day in Kensington. First of all we went to the Science Museum, and as I am a classy bird I had to make this my first photo:
That was in the psychology section 😛
After looking at the biology/health parts of the Science Museum we walked to Wholefoods for lunch. In the UK the only Wholefoods are in London, so I always make the most of it!
I had roasted sweet potato, apple and pecans, pumpkin seeds, black beans, grilled tofu, a roasted red pepper, grilled fennel, and some green beans with garlic. There was also a soya chocolate mousse involved 🙂
This is Antonia! The box is from the Hummingbird Bakery, a company which makes obscenely good looking cupcakes. Sadly none of them were gluten free or I could’ve told you how obscenely good tasting they were too. If anyone from Hummingbird Bakery ever reads this, you need to make a vegan, gluten free cupcake too please. Also on the table is Antonia’s wonderful iPhone, which saved us from getting lost many times! I think I need one, I’ve always thought I could do with personal GPS – if I can get lost somewhere, I will!
After Wholefoods we walked back around to South Kensington to the Natural History Museum. It was packed, which it was obviously going to be on a Saturday, but we still looked around the geology section (I like different minerals and semi precious stones – not because of the value, because of the pretty colours 😛 I am five years old at heart, I swear) and the new Darwin Centre, where you are supposed to be able to see scientists at work, but apparently this is not the case at weekends. Oh well, I got to see some rare (but dead! Humph) butterflies and giggle at Antonia being freaked out by the tarantulas! Antonia also got to laugh at me when I made to walk into another section and discovered that my ‘door’ was actually housing a giant armadillo-type-thing. If anyone saw my facebook status on Saturday, there’s the explanation!
Natural History museum as we left it. It’s such a lovely building 🙂
Saturday evening we…um, stayed in again! So I am 25 going on 52, but 5 at heart? This did mean that I got to try the sweet potato and buckwheat noodles I bought in Wholefoods for dinner though, along with some dark chocolate with cardamon and white pepper, which was weird and didn’t entirely agree with me, but was nice anyway 😛
On Sunday morning we went to Camden. I think on top of the confusion around my age, I may also have been a magpie in a previous life because I am in heaven in Camden, there are so many pretty shiny things to catch my attention!
This is Antonia and I in a shop full of mirrors, to state the obvious. I just thought it was a funny photo!
I am kind of sad that I forgot to take a picture of lunch, because it was amazing! We went to a vegan cafe called Inspiral Lounge. A girl who has commented on my blog in the past works there and she told me about it a couple of months ago 🙂 she wasn’t working when we went in but damn, that was good lasagne. It was a bit scary how much the bechamal sauce tasted like ‘real’ cheese sauce! I also had sweet potatoes, the most massive cup of chamomile tea I’ve ever seen and some raw chocolate cake which I wasn’t keen on, but that doesn’t mean much, I’ve never found any sort of raw chocolate that I’ve liked. I think it’s the agave syrup, I hate that stuff and it doesn’t like me much either, it upsets my stomach. I am definitely going back there though, I would travel miles for that lasagne!!
I know I ate a couple of things I shouldn’t have while I was there (I would put my money on yeast and almonds – and I find it very geeky of myself to be able to tell what I’ve eaten by my reaction to it. Sigh.), because my stomach complained quite a bit afterwards, but it calmed down while we were on our way to our next destination: The Freud Museum!
I have to say, I’m not Freud’s biggest fan, and neither is Antonia. Dude sold out on his theory that a lot of mental illness was triggered by abuse because the society of the time villanised him for it, so he replaced that with the idea that sexual abuse was a fantasy created by hysterical women and created some pretty ridiculous theories as to why this occurred. Not so smart, Freud, and you were doing SO well to start off with. But no one can argue with the fact that he was one of the founders of modern therapy – all the offshoots of psychotherapy that DO work originally came from his ideas and those of his immediate predecessors/successors. So Antonia and I had to go and have a look.
I got to be a double nerd in there – alongside all the psychological stuff were pictures of Freud by Salvador Dali! I just about died and went to heaven 😛
We weren’t supposed to take photos in there but I turned the flash of the camera on my phone off and pretended I was texting 😛 Yeah, like you guys have never done that…
After having a look around Freud’s house (it was only the house where he lived for the last year of his life, but still!), we took a detour back to Wholefoods because Antonia needed to buy some ingredients for the dinner she was cooking for her flatmates later on. Since we were there I raided the salad bar for dinner. We then rushed back to her house, picked up my stuff, and rushed back out to get to Waterloo in time for my train. We actually got there half an hour early so no rushing was required, but I get funny about trains! After saying goodbye and finding my seat (I got a first class ticket, it was only £13!), I had dinner:
Oh alright, it’s much the same as lunch the day before was! I had eaten half of it before I took this photo as well 😛 I was hungry! The differences were that I had sweetcorn and some kale in cashew/coconut sauce but no green beans or grilled pepper.
When I got home I unpacked and took photos of my other random treasures from the weekend:
From the Freud Museum! I now have a badge on my coat that says the same thing as the card in the centre – “Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light”. I like it 😉 Note that I also bought Einstein stationary. I go to a psychology museum and come out with physics stuff. Typical! They also had Freudian slippers which were so funny, I really wanted some but I felt I had spent enough over the weekend!
Pretty t-shirt from Camden market 🙂 hand painted as well!
Also from Camden – the top part is turquoise and blends in with my carpet, so I hope you can make it out!
While I was away I received a little package in the mail from the blogger currently known as Blue Eyed Heart:
Thank you!! They are really pretty 🙂 I do love jewellery – I always associate recovery with urges to accessorise, lol. How odd is that, eh? I know I’m not well when I wear jeans and a hoodie every day, and I know when I’m doing well when I faff around with earrings, necklaces, bracelets and scarves. I should take a picture of my collection at some point 😛
This is completely off topic, but a couple of days ago my younger sister found this in the veg rack:
Sometimes only letters will do: OMG WTF LOL 😛
And now I’m going back to my physics assignment!