Problem #1. Small room, large suitcases.
Problem #2. Need a vanity shelf for makeup.
Solution: Zip those suitcases up one inside another.
Voila! A space-saving Russian-nesting-suitcase-shelf.
Two birds, one stone. This, my friends, is the glamorous life of a student in London!
My friend S is coming to visit over New Year’s, and we booked flights to Prague. For January 2012. I repeat, 2012. Surreal. We then started looking up apartment shares because it’s more affordable than a hotel, more comfortable than a hostel and a good way to experience a city less as a tourist–which I’m all about. I found a site called Holiday Lettings very helpful; the information is thorough and well-laid out. If you know of any other apartment share sites, do let me know!
I then realized, any self-respecting establishment needs an online listing, photos and all. So here are a few photos of Hotel J, where I hope some of you will come and stay a few days. (I joke about calling my place a hotel, but it actually is interesting that there are quite a few hotels around here. And when I say “interesting,” what I really mean is “annoying” because the tourists jam up the tube station when I’m in a hurry to get to class on time.)
I live overlooking Talbot Square, which has a small courtyard garden and is located about a three-minute walk from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
The view from my window in the mornings is beautiful, especially on sunny mornings. London has strict building codes regarding how high you can build, which makes for gorgeous natural lighting (on the days that the sun actually shines).
Trifecta of weight loss:
- I walk a lot (for example, the station I’ll be taking between home and school has nearly 100 winding stairs).
- Buying food is expensive.
- The cafeteria in my dorm limits meal portions (this morning I was allowed to have one small egg, one slice of tomato, a half cup of yogurt and one teeny hash brown).
Remember how I was joking that my building looks like the Oliver Twist house in the Google map photos? Well, turns out they’re painting the building facade so it fits in with the rest of the beautifully manicured block. But I’m still really having a PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOMMORE situation here.