Wimbledon Videos

The first video is from court 11 and the second video is from Centre Court.  Enjoy!

Wimbledon 2011

Catching up…..Read about The Queue here.

Tips for Wimbledon:

-Read the size requirements of bags that can be brought into the grounds and how much alcohol you can bring in.

-Go with a group

-Have a picnic while you are there

-Bring alcohol

-Bring cash

The day was so much fun and we had amazing weather.  The rest of the story can be told through photos.

Picnic

And thanks to David who gave me his Centre Court ticket for the last set of the Soderling/Hewitt match!

When Daily Deals Go Bad


Daily Deals are huge right now all around the world. Groupon, Living Social, KGB Deals, Wahanda, Keynoir, and Wowcher are a handful of the ones out there. They offer great deals on things from dinner and drinks to movie tickets.  I’ve purchased a lot from different sites and always had good experiences until last week.  I know you are always taking a risk when you do this because you wonder why the places are offering such great deals but when you see a manicure/pedicure for £19 you can’t pass it up.  It doesn’t happen often so I purchased it.

BAD IDEA. First of all, the “salon” was in zone 3 which is like going to Brooklyn from the Upper East Side.  Not a trip you want to make just for a manicure/pedicure but definitely a trip for dinner, drinks, and exploring. I didn’t realize that until after I purchased it so I manned up and ventured out to zone 3.

It was a beautiful day in London, flip flop weather actually so I was in a great mood.  I walked into the “salon” and they escorted me to the back room to be pampered.  She asked me to pick a color and this was the selection:

It might look like a lot but they were pretty much empty and the colors were pretty ugly.  They didn’t have a simple red.  Really?!?!  I got over that and started reaching for colors to look closer at and the manicure person kept taking them from me and telling me if they were for me or weren’t for me.  I have never seen her in my life so I don’t think she knows what I want or what I like. After telling her every color she picked out for me was ugly I finally decided on uglier colors (knowing I was going to change it when I got home).  Colors decided let’s move on.

I sit in a chair in the middle of the room wondering where the massage chair with the foot bath was.  Unfortunately there wasn’t a massage chair.  An assistant comes into the room and brings this for me to put my feet into.

It did give my feet a massage but a plastic bag?!  I’ve never seen that before!  It was wrapped too tight around the bin so I couldn’t get comfortable and notice my old polish is still on there.  Usually you take it off before you soak your feet.  Hmm….

Sorry if this is gross but my toe nails are TINY.  Very Small.  I can’t change it so I deal with it.  I have been getting pedicures for years and years and the pedicurist usually laughs and then paints my nails.  This lady told me she might not be able to paint them…umm lies all lies.  Maybe she was just lazy but then she finally did paint them. The polish was all over my skin but I wasn’t going to be the nasty American because I knew it couldn’t get any better.

Moving onto the manicure.  I sat in a normal manicure chair so I was feeling more confident about this part of the service.  I told her I like my nails short and square so she nodded and got to work.  She didn’t file them with a nail file.  She only used a nail buffer……and she made them round.  Blah! She painted my nails (getting paint all over my skin) and then asked me to sit in the hallway to let them dry.  No dryers with a fan or UV light.  Really?!?!

I could tell more stories but I think this post has gotten a little out of control.  I was debating whether or not to give the name of the salon and decided against it.  It was busy in there so they clearly have loyal customers but I know it wasn’t a place for me.  If you are really curious I will tell you through email.

 I have learned my lesson with daily deals.   I will not stop purchasing them but I will do some research before I buy one.  I will look up reviews, cost of normal priced services and location.

Do you have any horror stories with a daily deal?

Punjab Restaurant

Being a student with a lot of other Expats has its advantages.  Some classmates and I went to an amazing Indian lunch last week at Punjab Restaurant in Covent Garden.

Prachi took control of the ordering (since she is from India) and ordered pretty much the whole menu so we could try everything!  We were beyond full and so happy with the choices.

I can’t remember what we ordered but I know there was lots of lamb, chicken, veggies, rice, naan and dessert.  Prachi said this is the closest you will get to a homemade Indian meal here in London so I’ll take her word for it.  It was delicious and I even got a doggie bag which I’m really excited about.  Can’t wait to go back to Punjab Restaurant!!

Fro-Yo, Yo

Fellow American expat, Jen, told me about a place in Canary Wharf where they had self-serve frozen yogurt with a ton of toppings.  I didn’t believe her so I had to check it out for myself.

Enter Yoomoo:

It’s hidden in the underground mall off the beaten path but if you keep looking you can’t miss it (next to Waitrose).  Look on the maps so you don’t miss out.

It’s worth the trek to Canary Wharf…I promise! It’s very similar to 16 Handles and Yogurtland.

I got pomegranate fro-yo with kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and cherries.  I wish they had lychee…that would have made it just perfect.

Might head back today for lunch….it’s that good!

What To Do, What To Do

Exams are OVER! No More classes either!

What I’ve been doing with my time since my time has opened up…

Finished reading The Love Verb by Jane Green (in the US it’s titled Promises To Keep)

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Started reading One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

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Writing a paper on Marketing Communications

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And last but NOT least….. Researching wedding stuff!

Current blogs and websites I’m obsessed with:

Forget Me Knot Weddings

Bridal Snob

100 Layer Cake

The Knotty Bride

Glamour and Grace

The Wedding Chicks

One Lovely Day

Oh Lovely Day

Style Me Pretty

Any other sites I NEED to check out?

Packing Sucks

As you know from the last post I’m in NYC right now. I’m home for about 25 days so that’s a lot of clothes and other things.

Somehow all of this

Fit into this silver suitcase

I brought about 25 shirts, 6 pants, 10 dresses, running gear, 4 pairs of shoes and other random things.  The blue bag is my carry-on which has my computer, 3 school books and 4 notebooks. Blah.

I’m really proud of my packing skills and how they have evolved over time.  When I was in college I went to California for a week with my family and I brought 2 huge suitcases for the week.  What an amateur. =P

I’M SO EXCITED TO GO HOME!!!!

Paris On Purpose – Being A Tourist

First Post: Eiffel Tower at night

Second Post: Palace of Versailles

I came up with the perfect walking route through Paris to see most of the major sites and I want to share it with you incase you are heading there soon!

Start at the Eiffel Tower.

Climb to the top.

Cross the river. Climb up a lot of steps where the Palais de Tokyo is on your right. Walk up Avenue d’lena until you come to the Arc de Triomphe.

Walk down the Champs Elysees.

Walk through the Jardin des Tuileries and hope there are actual tulips there.

Go to the Louvre.

After the Louvre walk along the river to see Notre Dame.

Then loop around to visit the Pompidou Museum.

That’s only the first day.  I’ve got another great route for the second day.

Total miles walked: 4.36 miles.  Way to go!!

Make ROOM For This Book

Room by Emma Donoghue should be the next book you read.

I finished this book in 3 days and couldn’t wait to share it with you.  The writing, the story, the point of view…it’s all to die for.  Read it now!

Side Note:  This is the UK cover.  You might be more familiar with the US cover which looks like this.

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Have you read this book yet or are you going to buy it ASAP?

Museum of London

I saw this ad in various tube stations and wanted to check out the exhibit.

Sorry for the blurriness, it’s a blackberry photo.

Jon and I headed to the Museum of London Sunday afternoon for our first visit to this museum. I didn’t even check out the other exhibits on the website because I knew I was only interested in the London Street Photography exhibit.

We walked in to find out that the exhibit had a 1 hour wait and we didn’t have patience to wait around so we walked around the other exhibits which were really cool actually.

Specifically the Expanding City: 1666-1850s, People’s City 1850s-1940s & World City 1940s to Today permanent exhibits.

Expanding City: 1666-1850s

Lord Mayor’s Coach in 1757.

People’s City: 1850s-1940s

We took a stroll through a Victorian Walk.

A Fancy Stationer:

A Grocery store:

World City: 1950s–today

This section was the most fun. Interaction maps, artwork, fashion, etc

 

Interaction game and map:

Dr Martens of course:

 

Alternative Londoners

 

That was my little unorganized tour for you and if you liked this then I suggest you visit the museum yourself.  I’m also hoping to make it back for the photography exhibit eventually so you’ll see a post about that soon too.

All in all, it was a perfect rainy day activity. 

 

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