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WHAT I'M READING
Finishing up CORIOLANUS, which is even better now because I saw the play live two weeks ago. Not sure what I'm going to read after, but I do have an e-ARC of We Were Liars, which I've been curious about.
WHAT I'M WRITING
Working a little bit on the new thing I mentioned a few weeks ago, but mostly, I'm still recovering from jet lag. I have been getting back into poetry again lately though. Here are a couple of #twtpoems.
When we were in Paris, I wrote a few #twtpoems too when we visited the Catacombs.
|One of the few creepy pics I took when there was sufficient light.|
Down to Hades' realm/ his treasury,/ human tomb/ we go./ Beneath a city built/ on teeth & bone.
Deep dark below/ your teeth & bones/ I treasure them in boxes neat/ my white pearls and smooth ivory.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Poetry! But in particular, the AAWW (@aaww) tweeted this poem by Michael Ondaatje yesterday, and I thought it was just gorgeous.
|Source: @aaww tweet|
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
As you know, I was away last week because I was in London and Paris! I can't believe I'm already back from the trip. I want to go back! Pictures still need to be sorted and uploaded, but I will share some of the trip highlights now since my data plan made Instagramming overseas possible (not to mention Google-mapping everything - lifesaver!).
The biggest thing was that it was not that cold! It was colder and wetter than Los Angeles (but then again, most places are), but we were lucky to get generally rain-less days in London and temperatures stayed in the 40s. So it was cold, but not freezing - except when the wind blew, but luckily 4 years of university at Berkeley trained me for wind + horizontal rain. See, higher education does teach you life skills! :)
The few cons of the trip were as follows:
- Stairs. Tiny stairs, winding stairs, subway stairs, stairs for days. Not fun when you have to lug luggage up 3 tiny flights or up and down subway platforms.
- London = expensive. Mainly because the US dollar is weak to the pound. Therefore, everything looks deceptively like the right price (Oh! Starbucks for around 4£!), but in dollars is...almost double (You just bought an $8.00 caramel macchiato!). My wallet, it weeps.
- Tube strike when we arrived in the UK meant one of the most expensive cab rides of life and also walking a lot in the wind and rain. But our cabbie was very nice, and he even apologized for all the traffic caused by everyone driving because of the Tube strike. The Sister and I kept mouthing to each other, "It's not even that bad!" because nothing is bad once you've experienced the living hell that is the 405 freeway. London traffic ain't got nothing on LA traffic.
- We packed way too many layering items because we were so scared of the cold. It made packing souvenirs a bit of a challenge. Also, heavy suitcases + stairs = so.much.misery.
Anyway, a more detailed recap in the future! For now, pictures!!
Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace selfies and the London Eye
|CORIOLANUS! Such an intense play, great production. Tom Hiddleston was tremendous.|
SHERLOCK adventures! St. Bart's hospital and 221B Baker Street & Speedy's of the TV show.
The actual Baker Street!
Millennium Bridge and Shakespeare's Globe Theater [Photos: Sister]
Pretty colors in Notting Hill's Portobello Road Market.
HARRY POTTER adventures! Platform 9 3/4 and the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour!
|At King's Cross!! [Photo: Sister]|
Musée d'Orsay and Arc de triomphe
What's up with you?