Visiting London I

My hair today was a mess due to not being washed properly because of the freezing water yesterday. I could have showered again in the morning but laziness took the best of me and left me sleeping until it was time eat breakfast. Tea and scones were offered by the house (the landlady is a kind heart) but my Euterpe, that was hell of an experience. Here is why: the teapot was impossible to open. It took me 10 min and a youtube video to be able to drink tea. It was a strange minimalist teapot, a Stelton Emma, it felt like the name of my nemesis.

Later on I went to St. Paul, Tate Modern, visited Old London, saw the EY hq with Picasso coloured columns in the inside and then took the train to Camden Town. The logic of all? There wasn’t. Actually, I just wanted to check if the market was still what I remembered it to be when I visited it almost 5 years ago I think. And yeah, still the same crowded and colourful, and with several stands with delicious street food.

Then it was back again to Oxford Street. I liked in particular Uniqlo, I have never been in its store previously, but their style suits me. Since I was feeling Japanese, dinner was sushi and udon. And my Euterpe, I ate the best sushi and udon I could have ever asked for. It was amazing. I thought I knew what was Japanese cousine, but I was wrong. Taro, really worthy to be remembered.

Later I also went to M&M’S World and Lego Shop, both of them were really impressive, and felt like becoming a child again.

I went home and took a nice shower (this time with warm water), but I had some disappointments in regards of the amount of water because it was really…little? Then I went to my room to read, when I sniffed the smell of weed. It’s not like I dont understand the ways of the world, and I would understand it if I was in Amsterdam, but the source wasn’t even from the outside but from inside of the house and it was reaching my room through the corridor. Now. The room next to mine is the landlady’s daughter’s and downstairs it’s hers. I’m really starting to doubt the quality of this supposed 5 starred Airbnb which has the best room decour but maybe one of the most disappointing experiences on terms of water and…neibourhood?


Coding – Oracle London 2018

This morning was a very tiring morning. I woke up so early that I was half-asleep until 10 min before my train arrived to King’ s Cross where I participated to Oracle Code 2018, which was situated in the Business Design Centre.

Some talks were really interesting and opened up some topics that I have never thought about – I am studying Business and Management btw – and what interested me that most were the talks about Machine Learning, one of which was Machine Learning with Java (has anyone thought about it yet?) which could be a real deal. I am still a beginner Java practitioner, but I will work hard to achieve some real results!

The final talk was a lecture presented by Dr. Sue Black, which was really inspirational. Her life, children at such a young age, divorce and subsequent refugee campus, the bachelor in computing, her Phd, Bletchley park ampaign, her acquaintancy with Stephen Fry, #techmum and all the things that happened to her and that she has made possible, were so amazing. I really cannot imagine myself being able to do it, and I thought, maybe idiotically, that she really made a difference with her life..

Later I went to eat Korean hot pot, which was pretty tasty and also pretty spicy I have to say.

Lastly, to beautifully end such a busy and eventful day I had a giant milk tea called ‘3 brothers’. I was so full after that one. While wolking, I noticed that the shops in Oxford street and some of them, which had fantastically colourful displays, were still open at 9pm and that was really an eye-opener considering that in UK the majority of the shops closes at 6pm.

I booked a room from Airbnb. The host was amazing, she is an artist, very sweet and, if not for the freezing water with whom I had a shower with, I would have sleeped much earlier considering the tiredness I felt.