Tuesday 13th November – Speed London Mission and B-Town Living

Posted: November 13, 2012 in 17. November 2012

Biggest Natural Diamond

For those of you who have never been to the Natural History Museum in London I would highly recommend it! It is far cooler as an adult than I remember as a 12 year old – probably because I have a broader range of interests now and a tad more knowledge about the world, so discovering and seeing things was more engaging. Whereas my 12 year old self (as far as I can remember) was only interested in following Hamish around the Reptiles section, probably exhausting him with questions and attention seeking.

Big tree!

However as a 26 year old on a speed tour of the Natural History Museum I was in awe! I also got lost many times as I didn’t have much time and so didn’t pay too much attention to where I was walking. The first thing I went to see was without a doubt the highlight. They were showcasing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and it was incredible. Some (many) of the photos was so truly beautiful they gave me goose pumps, pulled at my heart strings and brought tears to my eyes – especially the two photos featuring polar bears and their bleak looking future – I have a soft spot for polar bears it seems.

Big Mozzie!

I was also completely blown away by the life size model of a blue whale – still can’t get my head around how unbelievably big they are! There were actually many ‘big’ things there and I only realised later that they were the things that caught my eye. For instance: the big tree, the big mosquito, the big diamond and the big (not realistic) baby inside a big womb and the gigantic Darwin Coccoon that is home to thousands of different plant and animal DNA samples and what not! Such a cool place.

BIg (Blue) whale!

One thing that surprised me was how much I enjoyed looking at all the rocks! I was actual reluctant to go into the rock room as I was short of time, but got lost and found myself there and then to my surprise spent more time in there than anywhere else (apart from the photo exhibition). The rocks were super cool and I finally understood why my Dad still keeps his rock collection from his young adult days!

But like always I am jumping ahead of myself in my excitement. So back to the beginning of the week which was work as usual, nothing too dramatic or particularly interesting apart from Elena’s open mic gig on Wednesday night, she is great.

Gigantic womb!

So on Friday night I ventured up to London. I went to the Buddhist centre as Karolina from Czech was giving a rather spontaneous lecture about meditation. She was fantastic, she had a very clear way of explaining very technical and detailed aspects of Buddhism, and she was a true inspiration. I spent a while talking to her after and she has had the most interesting life story, which just added to the inspiring factor.

On Saturday morning I woke up early to go and have breakfast with Stef. We went to this cool little café where you can cut, toast and spread your own bread, which was fun (but strange how it was fun as it’s something we do all the time at home…???) It was really nice to see her and she seems very settled and happy in London which is great.

ME!

I then took myself to the Museum, which I have already explained in depth. It was then time to catch the train back to Brighton, not even having been in London for 24 hours. On Saturday night I went with Lainey to watch Kendal’s gig, I then had a beer with Roni and Lainey and then went to meet up with Marie and Radik – it was a rather quiet night.

Sunday came around and I enjoyed some good old skype Australia time! I got to skype Jack who was in Sydney for their Meditate More Weekend so I also got to speak to Sammy C, Sarah and Tiff which was lovely! I also had a lovely talk with Dad. Sunday night was ‘singles night’ with Kendal and we watched Transformers and then Iron Man two – if you have a projector and it gets dark at 4.30 it only makes sense to watch action super heroes beat up the bad guys on a Sunday night!

Is it broccoli? Not even close!

Yesterday and today have been work and meditation as usual. Now I am about to go over to Luke, Dave and Roni’s as Dave and Luke have just got back from Italy and Romania, so it’s time for me to bounce!

Ngondro Mondays 🙂

Angles and Sailors

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