Moan & Miss: 5 British Things

There’s no hiding the fact that us Brits like to have a good moan.  But sometimes you don’t always really realise how good you had it until it’s gone.  This is definitely the case since emigrating to America, I took things in the UK for granted and now I’d do anything to get them back!

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Arcelormittal Orbit: Riding the Longest Tube Slide in the World

4 years ago London was home to the 2012 Olympics.  I watched the stadium being built…and then a big twisted red metal structure alongside it.  What on earth was it?  What was the point of something that was so big and odd looking?  But now I think it’s pure genius.  The ArcelorMittal Orbit was the brain child of Anish Kapoor.  He also created ‘Cloud Gate’ (aka the giant reflective Bean) in Millennium Park in Chicago, USA.  Originally the Orbit was just an observation tower, but 2016 saw the introduction of the world’s longest and tallest tube slide, a collaboration with scientist and artist, Carsten Holler.

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My Local British Bucket List

Before I emigrate, me and my Mum came up with a bucket list of all the things we wanted to do together before I left.  There was a mixture of things we’d done before, enjoy doing and just wanted to do again and some things that were completely new to us.  We worked out roughly a 1 hour radius from our home so we could do some things in an afternoon, an Essex bucket list with a small side of London!

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Photo Essay: Camden Street Art Locations

I first discovered Camden Town, London when I was 15 years old.  To me it was always the place to go for good music, the cool markets, shop fronts with giant objects (such as shoes) exploding from the walls and walking through crowds of punks and goths, to my ‘skater girl’ self, I was in my element!  I never really considered to wander away from the main high street, there was always plenty to hold my attention!  During my most recent trip, my aim was to go on the hunt for street art.  On a busy summer’s Sunday, the side streets were a welcomed respite from the crowds and in this post I share the 3 best street art locations that I stumbled upon!

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What Happens in the Visa Interview at the American Embassy, London

Yesterday was a big day for me, after 9 long months of paperwork and waiting, I had my interview at the American Embassy in London and walked away with my Permanent Resident Visa granted!  I struggled to find answers to some of my questions online, everything seemed to be a little out of date and the official website didn’t really help either.  So in this post I will cover: What can I take into the US Embassy?  What facilities are in the Embassy?  What is the interview process like? How long does the visa interview last? Please remember that every interview is different, this is based on my experience of my interview in 2016.

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London’s Cable Car – The Emirates Air Line

Did you know that there is a cable car in London?  Normally cable cars are a transport method used to get up mountains quickly, but of course there are no mountains in London!  Take a closer look at a London Underground map and there it is, the little stripy red line connecting Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks across the River Thames, and yep it happens to be run by my favourite airline, Emirates!

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Chilling at London’s Icebar

Tucked away halfway down London’s Regent Street is Icebar!  Best way to describe it, is a walk in freezer full of ice sculptures, carved by the same artists that do the IceHotel in Sweden.  The bar is made of ice, the walls are ice, the tables and chairs are ice…even the glasses are ice!  The 2016 theme is Rock n Roll, which was perfect for mine and my sister’s visit because we both love music!  They change this each year.

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Destinations Travel Show London: New Inspiration!

The aim of travel shows is to showcase a small part of what the world can offer, all under one roof!  I hadn’t been to one before (crazy enough!) but as part of my Wanderlust Magazine Subscription I could claim 2 free tickets to the 2016  Destinations Show at London’s Olympia, so had nothing to lose!  What with the whole emigration thing in my near future, I didn’t want to go too crazy on finding new destinations but it certainly did inspire me (and fill my tummy with free food samples!)

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