|Me and Indian food - dun dun dun!|
The first day she was here we went to Brick Lane, an up-and-coming-hipsters-love-this-place area with a lot of Bangladeshi and Indian culture, restaurants, and tons of vintage and thrift shops. As we headed there we stumbled into the Whitechapel Art Gallery and an artist she's familiar with had a few pieces being shown there. We shopped around for a bit and I got a pair of gold flats for £5 (though they weren't actually vintage). I also ate/tried Indian food for the first time in a long time (to summarize, I tried Indian food when I was about 13 or so and really didn't like it so I've avoided it since then). I've always like the naan bread but never really tried much else since my bad experience years ago. Though I will never be a fan of curry, I actually rather enjoyed my meal! I had sag paneer (which is a spinach and cheese dish) and a spicy prawn dish that was served in puri and rice. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't bad!
Later that night, she and I went to Gordon's Wine Bar - this place was seriously awesome! I'd recommend it to people coming to London. It's basically an underground cave-like system of tunnels with candles and a wine cellar. We both shared a bottle of a red wine from Spain (I think) and it was actually very good. We met a ton of American students who were studying in London as well and basically chatted with their table the whole night. The wine bar is rather busy and you sort of have to duck to walk around inside, so for a large portion of the night we actually sat outside underneath their heaters, which wasn't too bad. Once we got a seat inside we also decided to share a cheese platter that had mature cheddar and brie with bread - it was fantastic. After that we checked out a few other bars in the area but didn't stay out too late. We decided to check out Beigel Bake on Brick Lane for a midnight snack. It's basically a 24 hour bagel shop - but the bagels didn't taste like regular plain American bagels -- they were sweet. That was a bit weird, but it was still tasty.
|Danielle & I in a cave with wine and cheese|
|Me and new American friends|
|More American friends!|
|Me, excited to eat a good 'ol American (or so I thought) bagel at midnight|
|Danielle & I at the Tate Modern|
|FOOD. Glorious food.|
|In the wild by our hostel in Bath|
Later that night we just hung out in a few pubs in the area that some of the university students recommended to us and we met some cool people. We met two guys from Glasgow who recommended places for me to go when I go there next month.
The following day we saw the Roman Baths and the Abbey - both of which were really beautiful and cool to see. I liked the way that the Roman Baths museum parts were interactive - it kept it interesting and engaging. After we saw the sights we ate at yet another pub until our train departed back to London. That was basically the end of our trip - we did sooo much and were both exhausted, but it was an amazing long weekend. Cheers!
|Jane Austen Centre - such a nice lady!|
|At the Fashion Museum in Bath|
|Friends in the bathroom of The Ten Bells|
|At the wine bar|
|Danielle & Spuds (my flatmate who loves potatoes)|
|Creme fraiche for everyone!|
|Me on a bridge in Bath|
|Me, purchasing breakfast at a market|
|Cream cheese brigade!|
|Our *fabulous* tea at Jane Austen Centre|
|On a hill, in Bath.. looking so backpacker-y!|
|And my flatmates.. being "modelesque"|
|Delicious meal in Bath|
|Canal and homes in Bath|
|Abbey in Bath|
|The Roman Baths|
|At the Jane Austen Centre|
|Anne at the Jane Austen Centre|
|Danielle at tea!|
|Cool exhibit at Tate Modern|