Exactly one year ago, on November 2nd 2010, I got on a plane by myself and went to New York City for the first time.
It was an amazing trip, for various reasons. I saw so many places that I had only seen on movies and tv, ate AMAZING food (a lot of it), met some nice people, and was basically overwhelmed 24/7.
I went back two more times after that November trip and every time the city amazes me.
Here are some photos I took on that first trip, I hope you like them!
The second week in London was very different from the first. The weather was much better this time around and I spent pretty much all the time playing tourist with my friends.
I actually really dislike being a tourist, but I know some places are worth visiting. Plus, things weren’t too planned so I was ok with that. We basically just went “Oh, lets go there today!” And that’s how my friends and I got lost a lot. But I saw some beautiful places because of that so I don’t mind at all!
I took a lot of photos as always, here’s a (huge) sample of them. Enjoy.
So, one of the reasons I created this blog was to share with the world some of my adventures. I like to travel A LOT, so when I see an opportunity to go somewhere I usually take it. I caught this “travel bug” about a year ago and though I haven’t been to many different countries (yet) I have seen some spectacular things.
A few of my closest friends live in London at the moment, and I don’t see them that often. In early June we started talking about me visiting them during the summer. I started getting really excited about the idea of spending some time there. The last time I’d been in London had been about 10 years ago. I was 14 and a really cranky teenager. I’m now a cranky adult but I actually value things and experiences.
I booked my flights in early July. I’d spend 15 days in London.
I went to the airport early because I don’t like being stressed when travelling. Also, I absolutely LOVE airports. It’s great for photos (though I try to be discreet) and AMAZING for people watching.
Now, I should explain ahead that when I travel I like to take my time. I like to live like a local. I’m not one of those people that have every minute of their vacation planned out. I understand why other people do it but that’s just not me, at least that’s not how I’ve been doing things until now.
That first day I actually got to the place I was staying at pretty late so all I did was take a shower and rest. Slept like a baby.
And then my adventures began.
Lauren is a friend I met online. I don’t know how long we’ve known each other… but she’s one of the reasons I booked this trip. She’s from the States but had been in the UK for a while so this was the perfect time for us to meet. I honestly never thought we’d actually meet personally, it was one of the most surreal experiences of my life, the first time I saw her. We met in Covent Garden and after giving her the biggest hug ever it was time to talk talk talk and being super overwhelmed by the whole thing. I’m a little shy but she’s the best girl ever so after a while we were like old pals (which we actually were haha internet pals!). We hung out some times which was awesome.
After lunch she showed me around the place. I went to Lush for the first time and fell in love a little. Took lots of photos, because that’s what I do. :p We also went to Camden later that day.
The next photos were taken during several days. I don’t really remember EVERYTHING we did. I just know it was fun eheh. Some days I met up with friends, other days I just wandered on my own.
Shout out to another online friend of ours Sara. I hope our little group all gets to meet personally someday.
Another reason I wanted to go to London so bad was to see my friend Fábio. One of my best, and oldest friends; we’ve known each other since I was 15. He’s been living in London since 2010 and we hadn’t seen each other in a LONG time. It was so good spending all those days with him. You’ll see him quite a bit. He took me to looots of places, we wandered and got lost a lot which was hilarious and fun.
(I assure you I have all 5 fingers.)
That’s it! Those are the photos from the first week that I have to show you. There’s lots more but I’ll leave those for later.
*All photos taken by me except the ones where I’m with Lauren which were taken by a friend of hers whose name I don’t remember (oops); the rest of the photos in which I appear, including all the Instagram ones, were taken by Fábio.