Hi, everyone! I hope you weekend is going well so far!
First of all, I apologize for not updating too much this past week. I was going to do a fun Friday post yesterday, but I needed to finish a huge homework assignment before anything else. Homework was not exactly fun reason for being up until after midnight on a Friday night! 😛
If you’ve been wondering why my recaps of my study abroad trip have been coming less often, it’s because after the first couple of weeks, I stopped taking pictures daily. The initial this-is-so-amazing-I-need-to-take-a-picture-of-everything feeling wore off, and I only started documenting the trip whenever I went somewhere or did something special.
Well, I did two pretty special somethings a year ago:
Cheese & Wine Festival
I started my Saturday afternoon off the right way: cheese! The London Cheese & Wine Festival was being held on Southbank, which is a great central location for doing and seeing things.
The day was gloomy, but not too cold. A nice change from the weather I had been experiencing!
I didn’t manage to get too many pictures, because every time my camera clicked, a person walked in the way, but here are a few I did manage to take:
Yum yum yum. I’ve got to say, everywhere in England and Europe (that I went) had such better cheese than us Americans have! I’m not entirely sure why that is – Maybe style of farming? Perhaps its more organic or less processed? – but this stuff was delicious. I sample parmesano reggiano and a creamy cheese whose name I forgot. 😛
The festival spanned a couple of levels of the Southbank Centre, and the food and drinks that were offered in the booths varied by level. The next one that we went to had a whole bunch of homemade goodies. They weren’t allergy-friendly, but still fun to look at.
How cool is this???
Diwali in Trafalgar Square
Diwali is a “festival of lights” that is celebrated by various religions, including Hinduism, and is a national holiday in India and other countries. It is a festival in which the lighting of lamps (traditionally made of clay) signifies the triumph of good over evil (source). I’m pretty sure the holiday lasts through a couple of weeks, and we got there on one of the first days of celebration.
There was lots of singing and dancing to listen to/watch.
Trafalgar Square is right in front of the National Gallery, so my friends and I wandered around the inside for a while. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside, but how amazing is this “living art”??