so I’ve finally started watching Hannibal approximately 50 years after everyone else (I have terrible anxiety and was worried the psychological and gore aspects would trigger some stuff, which it kind of has but w/e) and holy shit. what a show. WHAT A SHOW.
to put things into perspective, I started this a couple of days ago and am now on episode 3 of season 2. I cannot stop watching it, despite Netflix’s best attempts at sabotage (really, fam? only one season? 2 years after it finished?)
the humour is perfectly measured, the cinematography is sublime, the acting is [mcpoyle voice] top notch, the soundtrack is both fantastically eerie (the plink plonks! the low rumbling that seems to reverberate inside my head and could so easily be overbearing but isn’t) and joyously bombastic (beethoven! bach! stravinsky!), the meticulously crafted dishes that have inspired me to start cooking again (though admittedly with a slightly tweaked list of ingredients), the fascinating and peculiar relationship dynamics, the desaturated colour palette, the fact that there aren’t any unnecessarily lingering shots of naked women’s mutilated bodies (I’m looking at you, GoT), hugh dancy’s sad little face, the anachronistic bespoke suits, the dogs, the CHEEKBONES. just. all of it.
I cannot wait to discover how all of this unfolds and how the characters develop and I’m already dreading its inevitable, unjust end.
so let’s just finish this with a gif of my favourite part from the previous episode
oh hannibal, you cheeky fucker! rocking up in your vinyl kill suit
to appreciate a nice new avant-garde installation, like a shoreditch hipster version of patrick bateman! I love you.
I might move to London for school at the end of the year. Any advice?
- The nicest places to live are probably more north (Finchley, Hampstead) or south (Greenwich) if you can afford it. You’ll be only 20 mins or so from central on the tube but it’ll feel more suburban and green. East seems nice too.
-get your National Insurance number ASAP, you need it to work (which I think most student visas let you do at least 20hrs a week). The paper work can be a little confusing but get on it and get it done.
- use your student benefits. You should be entitled to an under 25 railcard and a student oyster which could get you discounted transport.
-idk where you’re moving from but Leicester Square is pronounced Lester Square. It’s Westminster not Westminister, Greenwich is pronounced Grenidge not Green-Witch, and of course the Thames is “Tims” not “thaymz.”
-gyms are expensive as hell here, always busy, and rarely 24hr. I recommend PureGym, seems to be close to 24hr Fitness in the states and has given me best value for my money.
-if you get off the tube at Westminster, cross the bridge, and walk east under the eye for a couple miles you’ll hit: Big Ben/parliament, the eye, Waterloo, the national theatre, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s globe, and, crossing the Millennium Bridge which was famously destroyed by death eaters in a Harry Potter movie, St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s a great walk for sight seeing or date walking.
-Soho is the gay area, and it’s in the West End theatre district, which is sort of between Trafalgar and Tottenham Court Road. G-A-Y and Heaven are your classic trashy bars appealing to late teens/early 20s and their fans. The Yard, Rupert Street, Ku, and Circa have a bit more young working professional vibe. XXL is the most popular fetish club, from mild to pretty kinky, but that’s in Vauxhall I think.
-shoreditch is the Portlandian hipster area. Lots of cool vintage and markets and food.
-invest in a portable charger, you’ll want your phone alive and well for maps, safety, etc. If you can even just bring your cord with you, the National Portrait gallery has a charging table in their espresso bar, and a number of coffee shops will have wall sockets you can use.
Hello! My name's Erin and I'm from Oregon, USA. I'm visiting Europe this summer (Rome, Paris, London, Vienna, Zurich, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Prague)! Do you have any suggestions on places to see or things to do in these cities? Thank you so much! I just discovered your blog tonight and I've been scrolling through it for the past half hour. I love it! :)
Hi Erin! Seeing as how I’ve only been to Paris London, Rome and Berlin I can only advise you on those cities. I’m not gonna list down obvious cliche tourist destinations (read: Buckingham Palace/Eiffel Tower) but just off beat places that I personally liked
God’s Own Junkyard. Really cool place, a must see just for the neon signs themselves. There’s a small one in Selfridges if you don’t want to travel all the way to Walthamstow (which is the last stop on the tube) for the main one.
Brick Lane/Shoreditch: Where all the hipsters at. If you’re into graffiti and artsy stuff this is the place to be. Think of it as the Brooklyn of London, only waaaaaaay cooler. IMO.
Scream Gallery: This is kinda connected with God’s Own Junkyard. It’s an art gallery with not your typical art paintings.
Urban Food Fest: Happening every Saturday this summer till 21st June. Really awesome place to chill and discover interesting food. And best of all it’s free (ENTRY I MEAN. HA. WOULD BE AWESOME IF THERE WAS FREE FOOD!)
I was in Paris for a week and did the usual major tourist stuff. Lourve/Eiffel Tower/Sacre Coueur. I’m sure you’ve got those listed on your must do list.
If you’re not creeped out by cemeteries, then be sure to check out the Pere Lachaise Cemeterie, the largest in Paris. Not to giveaway much but people burried there include Moliere, Chopin, Jim Morrison and my favorite, Oscar Wilde.
Be sure to get a crepe at every creperie stand (I never met a crepe I didn’t like on the streets of Paris!) and go check out Montmartre and the Latin Quarter.
Hediard! Let’s just say you gotta try the ice cream there. And possibly buy something from there just to feel really good. It’s like the Parisienne version of Harrods.
Angelina and Cafe de la Paix. A must go if you’re a fan of hot chocolate! Also, the former was where Coco Chanel used to go. Be sure to dress up a bit though cuz all the super posh meres and tantes be chilling there and if it’s Paris Fashion Week you’ll definitely bump into a model or two.
Maybe it’s cuz I went in winter and maybe cuz it was my first solo trip in Europe, but I didn’t enjoy Berlin as much. It was cold, it was dark, it was gray. But you’re going in summer so it’ll be a whole different scene!
Aside from your typical Lonely Planet recommendations I don’t really have anything to add.
Villa Borghese. I ended up there by accident but it was worth the detour! Be sure to go up to Terrazza del Pincio for an amazing bird’s eye view of the city. (They say you can see the whole of Rome from the Spanish Steps but that’s a lie folks)
Avoid the ice cream trucks that sell ice cream around the park. I mean, I tried one and it was decent, but for the price and size, you’re better off eating at a proper gelato shop, of which you won’t be hard pressed to find. Gelato shops dot Rome the way yellow cabs zip cover every New York corner. Giolatti and Grom are some of the famous gelato places you should check out. The line out Giolatti is really long though so be prepared to wait. The best ice cream I had though was in Piazza Novana, one of the places where they shot the movie Eat Pray Love.
The Vatican Museum. SO. WORTH. IT. It’s 15 Euros for entry but if you have a student card like I did then it’s only 8 Euros. I must warn you though that you can’t take pictures in the Sistine Chapel, but otherwise, definitely worth the trip.
St Peter’s Basilica. Don’t be deterred by the ridiculously long cue. Trust me when I say it moves fast. I wouldn’t have lined up if it hadn’t been for my determination to get in and was glad I did cuz I was in in 15 minutes.
Piazza del Popolo. Love this place. Also it leads to the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon and via Condotti, which is Rome’s Bond Street.
Ps- I HAVE to recommend this little pizza shop right outside the Spagna train station. When you get down and walk out heading towards the Spanish Steps, the first pizza shop you see, I think it’s called Morettis. BEST PIZZA I HAD IN ROME. And trust you me I ate my weight in pizzas over there.
Well, I hope my answer wasn’t too long or too much of a bore? You can check out my Instagram gallery for pictures of my travels and all the places I’ve mentioned. @fyeahkarennn. Good luck and have fun on your travels!