Sunday, January 25, 2015

Subday Recap: January 25

After not much of a weekend with working stock take on Sunday, I was not looking forward to Monday morning but the work week went quite quickly. The highlight of the week was Tuesday night when Jamie and I went to watch Liverpool vs Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Semi Finals. We were unable to sit together but we were both in the Kop and it was definitely a great game to be in the Kop. There were a lot of funny chants about the Chelsea players and I enjoyed the game. Liverpool drawing with Chelsea 1-1.

On Saturday I had a wander through Sefton Park before going to Meat & Liquor on Lark Lane. I stepped in and was able to get a seat right away.  The liquor menu of cocktails looked amazing but I decided on a peanut butter milk shake. All the burgers were tempting but I love a good Sunday Roast despite it being Saturday and ordered the Sunday Roast burger. With my eyes being bigger than my stomach, I ordered their world famous duck fries which were tasty but with the monster sized burger I struggled to finish them. The service was a bit poor with the waitresses focusing on new customers versus asking if I wanted the bill or enjoyed my meal. I had to eventually get up and ask for the bill.

I hope to make my next burger adventure at Almost Famous in town.

After my lunch, I got a bottle of Fentiman's Rose Lemonade and wandered home through Sefton Park, walking along the boating lake and enjoying all the birds.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Recap: January 18

This week has had its ups and downs. The work week has been pretty flat and normal but as it drew closer to the weekend things changed.

Jamie amazing Jamie went to Anfield and queued for me for tickets to the Liverpool vs Chelsea game this coming January 20. It's the Capital One Cup Semi-Final and my seat is in the Kop end. I am both excited and terrified. Chelsea is the biggest club I will have seen Liverpool play against at Anfield so that is very amazing.

On Friday after work I went and watched Wild in theatres and it inspired me quite a bit. It was a sad movie that hit at parts of me, making me homesick for the mountains and I missed my mom a lot after watching it.

Leaving the movies I headed over to Lucha Libre on Wood Street and enjoyed an amazing burrito.  also had my first footballer spotting when I sat about five feet away from Everton footballer Leighton Baines. All starstruck, I tried not to stare too much.

On Saturday I planned more of the Ireland trip with my sister Shawn over skype. We managed to book a B&B in Dingle. I am very excited for March to come. Only 47 days, 11 hours and 15 minutes as I write this now until I get to see my sister and mother in Paris. We are going to have such an amazing adventure.

I started reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt and it has quickly grown on me. Hope I get more time to read this captivating book.

Today, I headed into town to go to work. Yes, work on a Sunday. Poor me. I had been asked to do stock take and if I had known now what I do I would have said no to it but I said I would work it. I got in an hour early so headed to Leaf on Bold Street and enjoyed porridge and a nice pot of tea.  I went to work at 11 am this morning and will not bore you with the struggle but ended up leaving work at 9:15 pm. A very long day. On my lunch break I did manage to enjoy Yo! Sushi and also a sblendid milkshake which was expensive but tasty,

Anyways, hope my next Sunday Recap is a lot better.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

One of my favourite museums that I visited in Amsterdam was Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder or in English, Our Lord in the Attic, a 17th century canal house that has a hidden church built into the top three floors. The Catholic Church was built during the 1660s when Catholics were unable to worship in public so held services in this hidden church. I found the audioguide that was free with admission to be very interesting.

The museum is open seven days a week but I suggest checking their website here to check for hours if you intend to visit. It costs €9.00 for adults but is free with the I amsterdam card if you do end up getting it.

You also get to wear these super fun slippers over your shoes to walk on the straw mats. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Otterspool Promenade

Otterspool Promenade is a riverside walk in the Aigburth and Grassendale area of Liverpool. The promenade runs along the banks of the River Mersey from north of Garston docks to Otterspool Park. A footpath and cycleway continues along the riverbank to the city centre ending at Albert Dock.  The promenade is open all year round and never closes. It's perfect for cycling, walking, running, even fishing. It gives amazing views across the River Mersey to the Wirral. There are a few City Bike stations along it that offer affordable bicycle hire perfect for a ride along the riverside.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Recap: January 11, 300 Days!

I cannot believe it's been 300 days since I left everything I knew behind and flew across the world on my big adventure. I have enjoyed everyday I have spent in the UK and hope that the next year will bring some exciting travel adventures.

I've been writing a lot of lists lately in my journal. Lots of cities in Europe as well as plans for the future.

All my photos lately have been of the sun setting. I am making plans to get out and explore Liverpool more. Be a tourist in my own city because for sure there are thousands of places I have not yet seen in Liverpool.

I worked Monday to Friday, nothing exciting there. The business happened on Saturday when I finally hauled myself into town and went on the Sandeman's New Liverpool Walking Tour. It was a really fun tour led by Phil. He took us around the main areas of Liverpool on a three hour walking tour.  I have been on a few Sandeman's tours and I thought this one was very well done. It was nice to play tourist and the weather was great on Saturday which made the tour just ten times better. It was a bit windy but as long as the skies were blue I did not care.  I enjoyed a massive bowl of noodles for lunch at Big Bowl Noodle Bar in Chinatown. I had hoped to take the second walking tour Phil mentioned they were starting to offer but I was the only one to show up so it was a no go.

On Sunday I had a very fun and full day. I took the bus into town with my housemate Nicola and met up with Jamie to visit my other housemate Danny's new coffee shop 92 Degrees. It's just opened and I think it's wonderful. I'm very happy and excited for Danny. After enjoying our hot beverages we headed down Bold Street and into Liverpool One where we stopped at American Pizza Slice for you guessed it, pizza. I had a delicious spicy vegetarian and a slice of Hawaiian. I was very impressed with how much pineapple was on my slice. We headed to the Odeon afterwards and watched Into the Woods which I thought was very well done and had an interesting storyline.  When the movie ended we went to Wagamama's in Liverpool One for some dinner. I enjoyed the chicken care lomen which was ramen noodles in a spicy coconut and lemongrass soup topped with grilled chicken, cucumber and beansprouts. As with my big bowl of noodles on Saturday, I succeeded in filling my craving for noodle soups. I still have yet to find a pho place but these two dishes were very good.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dining with the Tsars at the Hermitage

Dining with the Tsars at the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam was an exciting event to attend. It's running from the 6 September 2014 to 1 March 2015. The exhibit costs €15 but with the I amsterdam card I think I had to pay an additional €3.50 to enter.  

The exhibition displays eight maginificent porcelain and creamware services from the collection of the Hermitage in St Petersburg. I enjoyed the rules of etiquette displayed upon one of the walls as you wandered through the exhibit.  The exhibit shows how lavish the banqueting culture used to be under the reigns of different Tsar's. The detailed dishes carefully placed on display so beautiful and unique to each different place setting. It was very interesting to visit and see. I did not mind paying the extra euros to enter the exhibit.