pack lightly

cuba, havana, traveling to cuba, classic cars, locals in cuba, quartz, americans going to cuba, cuban national flag, architecture in cuba, getting to cuba, the ladys guide to adventure, kelsey melin, travel planning

beginning with rumi… out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.   meet me there.   i have been going through my things and making piles of what i don’t need, to be given away or sold. i am … Continue reading

finchley

finchley road, london, london streets, old street signs, united kingdom, photography, brick background, west end lake, northwest london, exploring europe, missing letters, black and white letters

  i stumbled upon this dreamy tunnel whilst exploring a little corner of northwest london, near finchley road. nearby were signs advertising farmer’s markets both at west hampstead and swiss cottage. perhaps i’ll visit them over the weekend – over … Continue reading

to leave or remain

london, london storm, thunderstorm, brexit, a warning, storm gods, lightning, crazy weather, the referendum, lots of rain, rainy city, flooded stations, history in the making, vote remain, leave or remain

last night’s storm was shattering. windows rattled and rain poured through my open window onto the floor below. i love the sound of water drops tap tapping, and it was too balmy to close the window even if i had … Continue reading

ruta

i’ve got this friend who inspires me. from my own personal experience, the establishment and development of friendships is not easily accomplished in a city like london. the bridge between ‘let’s go dancing sometime this month’ casual acquaintance and let’s … Continue reading

a surprising sunburn

aloe vera, gardening, the lady's guide to adventure, sunburned, sunburnt plant, yellow pot, succulent, life in london, learning every day, stones, aloe, natural healing, health, brown leaves, turning greener

did you know that aloe vera plants can get sunburnt? isn’t it incredible that a plant that cures sunburn can be sunburned itself? anyway, just two days ago, my aloe plant was looking more like this guy… after being moved, she … Continue reading

pigeon toes and chummy squirrels

pigeon on my hand, friendly pigeon, london, birds in london, pigeon eating from my hand, is he studying me like i'm studying him, beautiful pigeon, their earth too, lovely bird, pretty bird, st james park, royal parks, buckingham palace, feeding the birds in the park

today was for wandering. i checked the weather forecast before leaving my london flat, decided against an umbrella, and set out with my laptop, a pocketful of mixed nuts, plastic baggies, and my keepcup in tow. alas, today was also … Continue reading

día de los muertos

altar, day of the dead, oxo tower, south bank, london, celebrations, mexican holiday, dis de los muertos, remembering the dead, events in london, american in london, the lady's guide to adventure, spooky, food, culture, mexico, art gallery, sugar skulls

margaritas for breakfast? that cool touch when another human uses a wet brush to paint shadows on your face? the quiet of an bricked exhibition hall. the bursting colors of an altar, created with the bright colors of mexico in mind. photographers … Continue reading

ro(a)m(e)ing

barnum cafe, Facebook, the ladys guide to adventure, rome coffee, cafe in rome, cozy and comfy, feels like home, great coffee in rome, cool bar in italy, lovely

it has been much too long since i have written anything. when i began writing this, i was in rome {italy}, posted up in the best coffee shop i had found in the city – barnum cafe. are you in … Continue reading

wandering the woods – day 5

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london is hot. really, hot. like, fry an egg on the sidewalk hot. {at least for london, anyway. i’m certainly not unaccustomed to these temperatures in indiana.}

in response, i took the opportunity to spend most of my day yesterday once again enjoying hampstead heath and it’s wonderful bathing ponds – this time, the guys and gals, mixed pond.
wandering the woods of the park and taking a dip in the cool water made for an incredible day indeed.

here is a great article by jasmine gardner on other ways to keep cool in the city! {i especially favor her suggestions to eat lots of ice cream and enjoy some outdoor cinema, who really needs an excuse to do either of those things?!}

“For the best ice cream in London head to Gelupo (7 Archer Street, W1, gelupo.com) or to Ruby Violet in Tufnell Park, which has homemade, organic ice creams and sorbets. Rum raisin and candied orange peel should do the trick (118 Fortess Road, NW5, rubyviolet.co.uk). The delicious Ginger’s Comfort Emporium will be at Secret Garden Party next weekend (gingerscomfortemporium.com).”

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here’s to many more scorching days in london and all of the wonderful ways to spend them!

home sweet hampstead

old map of hampstead, london, old maps

i was told, on my recent {and only} voyage to hampstead in london, that the land was originally and primarily used for pig farming. i was also informed that shortly after the pig farming-era, it was transformed into a sort … Continue reading