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Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts

Sunday, 21 September 2014

South London, I'm going to miss you!

South London love

As I mentioned recently, this week is going to be our last week in Camberwell. By the end of this week, we'll be living with Dan's parents near Cambridge. When we return to London, it will be to the North East of the city, so we are going to have to wave goodbye to this excellent area. Today, we wandered around a bit, and I took some photos of things I'm going to miss. I also collected a few older photos together, and we're just going to have a tiny jaunt down memory lane. Or... I am going to, anyway. You're just going to have to humour me as I get into one of my special nostalgic moods. These photographs aren't necessarily the most beautiful, but they show bits and pieces that I am going to miss about this area.

Jerk Chicken shack
South London nail bar
Night time in South London
Wintery London trees
Urban fire escape

There's so much I could say about living in South London. I've lived in a lot of places, but South London has been one of the most interesting. There's always something going on but the transport links here can be a bit crap. While you can get most places by tube (London Underground) in central London, the further South you go, the fewer train and tube stations there are, which means that I ended up spending a lot of time on the bus. I've heard a lot of snobbish comments about London buses in the past, but I've always found them to be a fantastic way to see the city. Teaching in South London schools, I've had insights into parts of the London cultural landscape that I never would have been able to experience otherwise. In the time I worked in Camberwell Library, I got to interact with people of all ages from the local community, from the tiny little old lady who'd come in with a sack of overdue books over her shoulder and go, "Sorry these are late, I broke my pelvis last week..." to the kids whose parents would drop them off at the library first thing on a Saturday morning, and pick them up when the library closed in the evening.

Near our flat, we've had a gorgeous park where we've been on rainy jogs, outfit photo expeditions, and plenty of disastrous barbecues... we spent a scary evening watching lightning strike in the park, as a group of teenagers partied on the hill in front of us. Dan tried to learn to rollerblade in the park, and we've eaten many an ice cream there this summer. I used to walk through the park every Saturday morning on my way to the library.

The month before we moved to our flat, there were some really serious riots in London. We were in Australia with my grandparents when this was happening, watching the stories unfold on the news. My London geography was pretty bad at the time, so I assumed that it wasn't going on near our new flat. When we moved in, all of the shop windows on the high street were boarded up and people weren't really leaving their houses much. There were burn marks and puddles of melted plastic on the pavement and it wasn't a pretty sight. Over the next three years, the businesses mostly rebuilt themselves, people came together to support each other and the main road is getting more and more bustling by the day.

It's an interesting time to be living in Camberwell. It's getting more expensive to live here, and a lot of people (ourselves included) have been priced out of the area. This kind of gentrification can be 'great for the area' but very damaging for communities. I really hope that the communities in the area spanning Elephant&Castle and Camberwell can thrive and survive the changes that are coming.

South London, it's been real. It's not been the best three years of my life, but it's been interesting and very, very eventful! I'm going to look back on my time here very fondly, and I'm definitely coming back to visit a few of my favourite little shops and cafes here!

Walworth Shadows

How long have you lived where you live now? How has it changed in the time that you've lived there?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Opera House - Oslo on the cheap!

Oslo budget holiday
This wedge-shaped wonder was so spectacular that I thought it deserved its own post. Recently the Guardian did an article about Oslo on a budget (I’m sitting here feeling just a tiny little bit smug that I was ahead of the curve, albeit by only a couple of weeks) and they mentioned the fact that you can visit the Opera house for free. I had actually put a visit to this amazing architectural landmark top of my ‘things to do in Oslo’ list before we went, and I’m so glad we got to see it. I was adamant that I wanted to visit at dusk, and thankfully dusk lasts a REALLY LONG TIME in Oslo at this time of year. It looks beautiful and glacial in the daytime, but at night, all lit up, it’s too brutal-ethereal for words.
Norway Opera
Oslo glass building
Climbing Oslo Opera House
Norwegian Titanic
Stormy Fjord Norway
Norway street dance
Oslo lit up at night
You can walk all the way to the top and look over the fjord in the distance, and you can peek into the glowing core of the building through the polished, shard-like windows. I took… a lot… of photos. And Dan and I did a little vlog of our experience too. Don’t have the volume on full when you watch it though – it was very windy up at the top, since there was an apocalyptic rainstorm brewing overhead.


If you’re ever in Oslo, you have to pay the Opera house a visit. It’s free, it’s breathtaking, and you’ll be able to take some epic photographs no matter what time of year you go. Maybe next time I go to Oslo I’ll be able to afford to actually go inside and see an opera or ballet. That’s the dream anyway!

Shadow Lord Scandinavia

See what else we got up to on our Oslo mini break.

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