To begin with – I changed the appearance of my blog, in order to be able to post larger pictures…
Just returned from a trip to the UK, and for the first time I left my Canon at home and travelled only with my ranegfinder… I found it actually very relaxing, it keeps you from just snapping away too many pictures you rarely watch ever again afterwards. So this is what I brought back.
As you might probably not realize from reading this post, this trip to London actually was a business trip.
But apart from long days of meetings, workshops and courses, it included lots of fun and exciting stuff as well – a scavenger hunt through London, a spa treatment right after the scavenger hunt (what a perfect way to end a long and exhausting day!!! If you want to know more: Lush Spa), a perfume launch in a gallery (if you are into perfumes, check it out, their fragrances are really amazing and extraordinary: Gorilla Perfume), a protest against tar sands, a frost fair in summer – including ice skating and swing boats and lots of other Christmas fun (Glühwein in July!) – and most important of all meeting lots of nice people.
We started of on Saturday with a country review (business stuff), it was still quite early. My colleague just moments before it was our turn for the review.
After we had finished the review we started off on a scavenger hunt through London (actually a really cool idea to keep all us international people busy and at the same time make us visit our shops and see some parts of the city). We had to visit as many of our shops as we could manage. In every shop we were given a challenge, which included lovely stuff like making your own ballistic (=bath bomb). We were shown by the lovely Jack and Chase how to do it and everyone could take their own Tisty Tosty home afterwards. Oh, and we had some camera guys filming us as well…
Jack with a bunch of Tisty Tosty moulds.
We also took part in a protest against tar sands in Canada right in front of Canada House at Trafalgar Square. Press already here and waiting to go.
Right before we started the protest the guys were checking out where to go next on our scav hunt, they were really focused on winning!
We all went to the back entrance of Canada House with posters and megaphone to draw police attention to us, in the meantime two other people prepared themselves at the main entrance for the “real” protest.
As soon as they were ready (covered in oil), we headed there as well, so when police came they were already sitting on the stairs at the main entrance on a Canadian flag all covered in oil (actually it was fake oil – molasses, but it looked very real).
If you have never heard of tar sands before – please check out this link: Indigenous Environmental Network. In a huge area in Alberta, Canada, oil is processed from tar sands, with desastrous impact on nature, animals and the local people. Most of the oil goes to the US, but the environmental impact is much bigger than only Canada and the US. I won’t go further into detail, but make sure you click the link and read a few bits, these guys really need everyone’s support for the cause and work hard to raise awareness and get the Canadian government to respect their rights and stop destroying vast areas of nature, leaving it poisoned, polluted and actually dead.
Police followed us, but they were quite relaxed…
A few more impressions.
All ended peacefully.
I literally only had a few hours of free time in the city, so I managed only to take a few pictures, the rest of the time we stayed in a hotel in East Croydon, which is about one hour from London.
Covent Garden, in the underground.
Had to take one of these … Not perfect though…
Traditinal… The fish & chips might be traditional, but not the spelling! 🙂
Everywhere in London you see people having lunch somewhere outside, or even just a fag (since smoking is prohibited almost everywhere nowadays). Actually most of the time you don’t see the people, just their legs…
@ Trafalgar Square.
As the weather was surprisingly nice most of the time, we often had lunch or dinner outside.
On the weekend a wedding reception was going on in the same hotel we stayed in. Children started to get bored, so they played some football. Not only children to be fair! 🙂
Late evening discussions.
In the underground to Heathrow Airport. Hipshot. Think I’ll have to practice a bit more in estimating distances. Although the exposure came out right.
Same lady hurring to check in.
Last one before we left. Waiting outside.
Quite a long entry, thanks for staying ’til the end!
Ah, yes – films – Agfa APX 100, Ilford FP4Plus 125 & Kodak TriX 400.