Saturday, 18 October 2014

Seoul Diary

As much as I love Hong Kong, I was very excited to escape to Seoul during reading week. My friend and I had been talking about going to South Korea even before we got onto the year abroad, so actually realizing our plans was pretty surreal. Seoul was everything I expected and more. The street style was on point and I've never seen so many well dressed students in one place before. You're also never far from a great coffee shop either. I didn't take that many photos since I was just having fun wandering around but here are the ones I did take.

One of the first places we went to was Samcheongdong, a more traditional and very pretty neighborhood. There are lots of old buildings, cute little shops and of course places to eat and drink coffee. It was a nice place to go in the morning since it was pretty peaceful even with all the tourists.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Hong Kong Updates

First of all, wow am I terrible blogger. I've been living in a completely different country for more than a month which should give me tonnes of things to write about but sadly the blog has slipped my mind. They give students here a lot of work so my time is pretty much spent studying indoors or exploring outside. I really need to bring along my camera more often.

So onto Hong Kong. I'm sure you've all heard about the situation where thousands of students and other people who side with democracy took to the streets in protest of being denied their right to democracy. If you want more information and context, Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers made an excellent video:

At the university I go to here there have been lots of signs, students wearing yellow ribbons and students boycotting. I've also been past the protest sights and it was all very peaceful. It's starting to fizzle out now but I really hope the protests have had an impact somehow.

As for less important news, I'm going to Seoul next week! It's finally reading week so I'm heading there with a friend to see the sights and shop like there is no tomorrow. Also I hope it'll make for some good blogging material!

Bonus: I met Totoro.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hong Kong Park

Shirt - Forever21, Skirt - Mong Kok (Fa Yuen Street), Sandals - Aldo

I'm in Hong Kong! I arrived at the end of August for my year abroad. Sorry for not blogging sooner, it's been crazy just getting to know the place and then school work was piled on pretty quickly. I haven't even been much of a tourist yet since I've been told to wait for the cooler weather. What I have seen of Hong Kong though has been amazing. I instantly fell in love with the place. I'm a sucker for skyscrapers I guess. I am missing London but I don't feel like I need to go back just yet.

Last weekend my friend and I decided to chill in Hong Kong Park near Admiralty station. However, they were a couple hills and an observation deck that involved stairs so it was more of a workout than we planned (but really anything is a workout for out of shape me). It was a small but pretty park with an aviary, a gallery and some great views. We eventually abandoned the outdoor heat for some ramen.

Well I should get back to some work now. Or maybe just sleep. Actually sleep would be better.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

A Look Around Teighnmouth

Almost every Summer I go to visit my family in Teignmouth, a small seaside town in Devon. When I was little, swimming in the sea and playing on the pier were my top priorities but now I'm pretty content just wandering around and looking at the ocean rather than going in it. "How did you get so boring?!" my younger self would say, to which I would reply "well if you're gonna be like that I won't let you play my 3DS." Wow, I really didn't change that much...

Anyway, this is the ness in Shaldon, the town across the river. I have walked up to the top in the past. You get a lovely view but I'm not a huge fan of standing at the edge of high places.

This pier.

The yellow building was originally built in the 1800s and became a cinema in 1912. The cinema closed in the year 2000 and now the building holds a a restaurant and apartments.

A lighthouse.

Not Teignmouth: There was a road closure on the motorway on our way home and so we got kind of lost had to take a detour. This was a quick shot I got from the car while we were trying to get back to a main road. The British countryside isn't half bad.