A Thursday Afternoon

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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How to have a lovely Thursday Afternoon:

1. Wear shorts because it is hot hot hot out (yay, Summer!)
2. Head to Brick Lane after work
3. Meet up with the sweetest girls (CharlotteMelodie and Abigail) at the coolest cafe (Kahaila!)
4. Order a cake and an iced coffee for your dinner because you are a responsible adult
5. Have long chats about weddings, Disney movies, cheese, baking and moving to other countries
6. Wander through the streets of London
7. Attempt selfies on windy bridges with the sun in your eyes
8. Finally get a (pretty) decent one
9. Laugh until your face hurts because all the non-decent ones are ridiculously bad
10. Go home with a happy heart


Sweden: Stockholm

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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I somehow forgot to post about Stockholm?!

Here we go:

We had a fun final night in Sweden, staying at Johan's sisters apartment, hanging out and meeting a bunch of his friends, drinking wine on a dock watching (and being terrified of) swans and their babies swimming by us.
Went for beers, watched football in a pub and wandered around the city. Johan showed us some spots with beautiful views and took us though all the areas of the city.

Flew back to London over a beautiful sunset with a hangover and a happy heart.

Until next time, Sweden!

From My Phone (2)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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1. Pretty dresses in Sweden
2. Cloudy Saturday
3. A record I seriously regret not buying
 4. Canada Day Cake
5. Reunited with old friends
6. Treats at work
7. Nice things at Greenwich Market
8. Missing family and our cabin

The Last Day

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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We started out Moira & Dan's last day in London at Chinwag, a tiny little cafe near me in New Cross. The door looks like a British phonebooth and the menus are all in little old books, so I was obviously in my element.

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Dan got a lamb burger that was literally the size of his face. Like, actually. His whole face. They do have that written on their chalkboard menu, but I mean.. his face.

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Moira and I stuck with the full English, swapping hashbrowns and sausages and giving Dan a few beans to go with his burger.

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Afterwards we hit up the Natural History Museum for a look at the mammals and dinos.

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Then, since it was right outside, we bought tickets and headed into the Sensational Butterflies exhibit.

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So many pretty butterflies everywhere!

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It was really really hot and humid in there so we didn't stay long..

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But not before one decided to perch on Dan for a few minutes! Moira and I were slightly jealous. Although I think maaaybe I might have panicked a little had one landed on me.

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What would a day be without a cupcake? Pistachio. obviously.

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Sat outside a park (since we weren't allowed to drink IN the park) sipping ciders and playing Celebrity Lookalike.

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And then, to end the trip off, The Lion King! Which, if you haven't seen yet, (you probably have), GOOOO see it. So amazing. We were almost crying when it started. We may have talked about this for months and months in advance. Just a little Disney obsessed, and it was well worth the wait!

So, Moira and Dan, come back now please?

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

Sunday, July 6, 2014

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I hope you like cats. Because this post is full of them.

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We walked into the cat cafe (emporium, if you will), a little unsure what to expect. And a little unsure where the cats were. Hiding?

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We'd donned our matching cat rings for the occasion, as you do.

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And ordered Guinness chocolate cakes and lemon tea (me and Dan) and a hot chocolate and carrot muffin (Moira).

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But where are the cats, you ask?

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There they are!

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Just kidding, here's a real one. Lounging the giant Cat Emporium Wheel. What a life.

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This little guy wasted no time hopping up to meet me.

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I'm not sure how well you can read the paper this guy is sitting on, but it says "So, who's bright idea was this?". I'd like to know that too. and I'd like to personally thank them. Cats! Cake! All in one place!

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Sipping my tea. Uninteresting, I'm sorry. Back to the cats.

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JUST LOOK AT THESE GUYS. This is a little hammock over the stairs that they have a rest in. Dan called them ying and yang at one point because they were so intertwined. Let's all say it together: aaaaaaaaawwwww.

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Cats. Everywhere.

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Even in the drinks!

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We headed downstairs after our tea, and spotted a few more cuties hanging out.

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Luring them to me with treats!

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We really bonded.

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Moira sat down to an important meeting.

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And right when we were about to leave I couldn't resist going to play with this guy in the window for a bit. He's just too cuuuute!

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Saying goodbye to my new friend.

Okay, so I'm sure you can tell that this is the ultimate place for cat lovers. There are eleven cats just hanging around, playing with the toys that are everywhere (there's a laser beam shaped like a fish!) and just generally stealing your heart. They also have cute names, like Loki and Biscuit. Ughhhh! Irresistible. Go! Soon! (They're booked until October so perhaps make a reservation first).