We believe even the most popular of destinations has an offbeat side. We found several offbeat things to see in London that confirmed it.
We were determined to only follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper guided by Russell Edwards, author of the best-selling book “Naming Jack the Ripper”. If we were to get deeper inside the story, we might as well be accompanied by an expert. However, in the day we reserved to visit Whitechapel, in London’s East End, we were so bored by another borough struck by gentrification that we decided to take our own self-guided tour. Maybe it was just the “theme” of our expedition getting the best of us, but in most of the places all we could hear was dead silence, even in a busy weekday morning.
Take a tour with us as we walk the London South Bank (in photos). Includes offbeat twist in the end.
I wish I could tell you I spent days staring at a blank page. But, because I’m always compulsively writing, I started this post many times since we decided to leave London. I kind of liked London, I could see myself getting used to it after a while, but despite the fact that we had friends and family living there (meaning we wouldn’t lack a support system) I didn’t fall head over heels for London.
“Being involved with the community” may sound like something scraped out of a beauty pageant rehearsed speech (at best) or a politician’s empty promise to get more votes (at worst), but in the real world there are people who understand, live and feel this somewhat cliched concept under their skin. Pedro is one of them and, together with Matilde, they walk the talk with SoPA.
To pique my curiosity is not an easy task and I often find myself disillusioned by most of the contemporary attempts. Until I came across the London Horror Festival…
There are plenty of blog posts calling out on “how to travel”, on “how to not be a tourist”, on the “tourist vs. traveler” public discussion (I had no idea there was one until I started travel blogging). I call it bullshit.
From the hundreds of independent film festivals happening every year around the world, some are more unmissable than others. They have been around for quite a while (some even before the indie film hype), they have proven themselves as strong players in the industry, and they continue to attract followers and fans year after year. Without any particular order, these are the 10 top independent film festivals not to miss in your lifetime.
One of the ways I like to get under the skin of a new place it’s through pop culture. There is something about urban legends and fandom that say a lot about the local’s vibe.
A visit to the National Gallery was on my plans ever since I visited London for the first time. The visitors are a mix of art enthusiasts, of bored tourists, and of artists. Outside, Trafalgar Square is a mix of street artists and unoriginal buskers – how many fake levitators do we have to see before we decide it’s too much?