Lot 48: Wanderlust Wednesdays: this is not a brothel

February 17, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesdays: this is not a brothel

Well first of all, it has sure been a whirlwind!! I got married 9 days ago and went immediately on my Caribbean Cruise with my husband! It was such a blast and I can't wait to tell you all about it.  But in all the crazyness of prepping for my wedding, I completely forgot to write the Wanderlust Monday post for when I was on my honeymoon! Duh! 
So  with my sincerest of apologies I present to you a late (yikes! again, sorry! I have been unpacking and opening wedding presents all day!) here is another edition of Wanderlust Monday where I share my stories from my London Study Abroad where I lived there for six weeks nearly three years ago.  So here we go!! ps. I looooove being married and am slap happy-jump for joy- shout from the rooftops- happy that I am married to Taran.  He has made me the happiest woman alive.  And my wedding day was just perfect. 
Alright! Wanderlust Monday! 
One day on my study abroad, my friends and I ventured out to Chinatown.

It had quite a crowd and plenty of suspicious smells to make you feel queasy.  I had been to Chinatown in NYC before, but that was when I was 11 and I don't really remember it so I was excited to experience another Chinatown!

^^excellent name for a restaurant.^^

There were advertisements for Dim Sum everywhere. I didn't know what it was until we went to dinner and my friends ordered it. 

^^We ventured out a little farther to Piccadilly Circus and when in 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not' shop where there was a candy bar with my name on it. Literally. I didn't buy it though.  Which is odd for me.^^

^^Lots of stuff that you just couldn't believe.^^

^^So, funny story.....we were walking in SOHO and noticed a lot of sketchy shops around. I mentioned to my friends that we were probably in the red light district. Shortly after I said this, we saw this door.^^
We laughed really hard because did not mean to go to the red light district and also, I kind of feel bad for these people who live here, yeah? How many times have they gotten woken up in the middle of the night by some guy lookin' for some action? I mean, after a while, you gotta put a sign on your door. It's the logical thing to do.

The rest of SOHO was nice.


After we had gotten ourselves out of what wasn't a brothel, we went to Covent Garden.  I really liked that it was an indoor market.

We ended up coming here a lot throughout the study abroad.  They had so many cool restaurants and shops and sometimes we would just go at night to listen to the street performers and get gelato.

^^We did not go back repeatedly for this guy preaching on a unicycle while juggling. And in hindsight, why didn't we?? What more entertainment could you ask for??^^

I couldn't get enough of these buildings and streets. They just look unlike anything else I've ever seen and so different from where I live. One of the things I miss most about London was how beautiful it was.

We went back to Westminster Abbey to see it again, because why not??? They still had some of the Royal Wedding's wedding decorations up.  (ps. did you hear that the Queen recently has asked Princess Kate to cover her knees?)

^^Beautiful.  The buildings, right?^^

This was a bit of a hodgepodge of a post, but when I lived there, we went all over the city in one day and saw so much, things weren't really grouped into sections of the city.  We just wanted to see and do everything!! 

I hope to post a few pictures of wedding and honeymoon this week, so stay tuned! And I start a new job tomorrow, wish me luck!!

xoxo, lauren


  1. "This is not a brothel"...oh my gosh how awful! I don't even know what I would do if people came knocking looking for that sort of thing in the middle of the night...I'd probably be hanging a sign too!

    1. it was pretty hilarious!! we were all just so taken aback because we were completely in the red light district by mistake and we did not know what was going on! hahah! the joys of visiting a foreign country!


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