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Chasing Sunsets, London 2008

When I’m jetlagged, one of my favourite ways of passing the time is to dig up some of my older travel pictures. Exactly three years ago I was spending the summer in London, working as an intern at a multinational firm and living across the road from the spires of St. Pancras. Before I left I decided to take advantage of the long days, sprinting around the city (via the underground) to some of its most recognisable sites. With an old pocket-sized camera I attempted to capture the changing colours of dusk, balancing the little gadget on stone barriers, metal railings and anything that would keep it steady. If there’s a lesson to this story, it’s this: never underestimate your point-and-shoot; it too is capable of great things.

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  1. In Western Europe The Grass is Juicy #

    WOW! London is really nice!
    I love your photos!

    July 19, 2011
    • Wow, that was quick! Thanks for the comment, one of these days I will be sure to visit Romania (I’ve heard some good things about the country).

      PS I love the story behind your blog title!

      July 19, 2011
  2. Reba #

    one day, I will go there 🙂
    great photos, Jam!

    July 20, 2011
    • Thanks Reba. 🙂 If only Oasis HK Airlines didn’t go bankrupt, then you’d be able to fly there on the cheap!

      July 20, 2011
  3. Great photos. I especially love the Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.

    July 20, 2011
    • Thank you Debra! I think I may have been partially inspired by that post on clouds you did a while back.

      July 20, 2011
  4. Really lovely pictures! I love London, such a great city!

    July 21, 2011
    • Thanks for dropping by! I couldn’t agree more – no matter how many times you’ve been, I don’t think it’s even possible to get bored of London!

      July 21, 2011
  5. wow! i’m amazed at your photos. i really wish one day i could come to London. (sigh) 🙂

    July 25, 2011
    • I’m sure you will! It’s a fantastic place to start – or end – any trip to Europe. 🙂

      July 26, 2011
  6. Thank you for your recent comment on my post, James! I loved hearing about Salamanca – how wonderful!

    As for the kissing – I had the same thing happen to me upon one of my home visits – I would initially lean forward to kiss a person hello, only to be met with raised eyebrows before realizing that I needed to stick my hand out for the “normal” handshake instead. Then it got to the point where my brain would spaz out and do a bit of both until I got the hang of it again. By the time I had gotten used to the handshake again, it was back to Spain! Bah!

    So now that you’ve gotten a taste of living abroad, where do you think you’ll go next? 🙂

    July 30, 2011
    • You’re welcome Michi! 🙂

      The truth is that I am longing to return to Spain, I would love to try living in Valencia (hands down my favourite city) but I’d need a valid excuse to do so. That said, I am extremely lucky to be where I am right now – Hong Kong is an ideal base for trips into China and Southeast Asia.

      I’m definitely interested in the Philippines, it gets a lot of bad press (especially when it comes to personal safety) but I think it’s a little overhyped. I’ve heard that the country is very unspoilt – much like Thailand was 30 years ago before mass tourism really kicked in. The hybrid Asian-Hispanic culture is also a real draw, the first Spanish I learned was uttered by Filipinos and my first taste of tortilla came many years before I set foot in Spain.

      July 30, 2011
  7. Hi James, I nominated you for the 7 links thing. Just select the 7 posts you like in the categories you will see on my blog and then select some other blogs to do the same – if you want to, of course. Check out my blog to see how it works.

    July 31, 2011
    • Hi Debra, thanks for the nomination! I’m fine-tuning my next entry so I will post the 7 links once it is published, hopefully within the next two days.

      July 31, 2011
  8. amazing photography james. now i wanna go to london!

    June 15, 2012
    • London is just gorgeous in the summer – provided it doesn’t rain of course!

      June 15, 2012

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