An outsiders view ~

Living in London has its perks.

Being a metropolis and a cultural capital of the world, you literally have everything on your doorstep.

You have theaters, shows, museums, endless pop-ups (markets, restaurants, you name it), fairs, celebrations, events, cocktails on some rooftop….

But the thing is, when you actually live here, sometimes you get so caught up in your work life and yourself that you forget this city has all this and more to offer. Yes, London is very cosmopolitan, full of vibrant people and interesting places and activities but from time to time you sort of forget. For example… when do you, that live either on a small town or village or a huge city, go sightseeing? When do you go out, for the sake of it and be a tourist in your own home place?

You are so used to it being there. So close, just outside your door that you take it for granted. And then you stop going to the city center just because technically you can go there any  time you want. However, work is on the other direction, you you just pass by while watching funny videos on Youtube on your commute and it competently passes you by.

 

This happened to me. Like it does to all of us. But then, last week my parents were week. And boy, did I miss my health app to count my steps!

It was fantastic. I forgot what was seeing this city through the eyes of someone that does not live here. My parents, albeit of some age, they are used to travel. They were born in South Africa from Portuguese emigrants. Moved back to Portugal. Their honeymoon was a road-trip through Europe. They didn’t give us a lot of expensive gifts, instead they would take us travelling. Spain, France, Africa, all through Portugal, etc,… So they are more than used to travelling. But still, they were impressed. With the size of the buildings, the size of the city. The amount of bridges. The number of people. The speed of the tube and the number of lines it has.

I forgot how beautiful Southbank is on a sunny afternoon. All the street artists. The music. The street food. The people. The vintage fairs, the shows, the energy, the love I have for it.

Yes, it is hard over here. You work way too many hours, your friends live 1 hour and a half away even though they are in the same city. But then, you have sun over St Pauls and you are in comfy shoes crossing the Millenium Bridge and suddenly, it does not seem so gloomy.

Truth is, I do have a lot to thank for here. And I have to thank my parents for reminding me that.

So go out, explore and fall in love to where you live!

 

Claudia x

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Dismaland Bemusement Park

Gloomy staff members, Disney nightmare, sad rides.

All this and much more on the new park on the block. Dismaland is a mock theme park in England that brings to its visitors attention things that have been going wrong with the world.

Dismaland is a satirical  take on theme parks and it conveys art from about 60 artists like Banksy, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty, Bill Barminski, Caitlin Cherry, Polly Morgan, Josh Keyes, Mike Ross, David Shrigley, Bäst, and Espo.

As everything organized by Banksy, this project came to us a  surprise. There was no media involved in its construction (only some curious eyes). This is not only a depressing theme park. This is also a statement of today’s state of mind. There is a pool filled with boats, representing the emigrants trying to reach the UK. There is an orca jumping to a plastic pool, the entrance fake security is a joke….

It is a massive art gallery that doesn’t make you think of speed and fun and fluffy places. It’s supposed to make you think.

If you’re in the UK, please come and have a look, it might be once in a lifetime chance of seeing not only Banksy’s work, but all the artists that have joined forces to create Dismaland.

Dismaland will be open for 5 weeks and its located inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK.

For more details and tickets go here.

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Claudia x

Horniman Museum and Gardens, London

Last week, me and my boyfriend packed a lunch, tourist-like, and made our way to a little museum on the outskirts of London.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is situated just up the road from Forest Hill and it’s a private collection that just became too big to be a normal house.

Mr Horniman was a victorian tea trader and philanthropist, who began  to collect objects, specimens and artefacts ‘illustrating natural history and the arts and handicrafts of various peoples of the world’ from around 1860. His overarching mission was to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’ and educate and enrich the lives of the local community.

The museum is his actual house, which was extended over the years. It also sits on a hill from where you have lovely views of London. They have an Aquarium and a massive permanent exhibition of his collection of animals and specimens.

Being a free museum the visitors come time and again to explore it. there are family and school activities throughout the year making it the perfect field trip for science and history.

It is also interactive, in the gardens you can play with air instruments placed for your enjoyment. I loved it and I am sure I’ll go again – seeing it’s really close to home!

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Have fun discovering the world!

Claudia x