Early Xmas in Covent Garden

As usual, I left my apartment with nothing but my wallet, phone and camera in bag, and picked a place to wonder off. I do this from time to time as a mental award to myself of semi-successfully finishing a few big tasks and projects.

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Covent Garden, I know to most people, this probably doesn't ring a bell, it's not known like Mayfair, Soho or Notting Hill. But I can guarantee you, if you spend an afternoon here, you will understand its charm. Trust me, you can seriously get everything you need here, the best burger, restore your skincare products from Aēsop, a sip of the Monmouth coffee (if there isn't a crazy queue), and of course, get a peek what's holiday season like in London.

剛好三個月,今天我已經正式到歐洲90天了。記得在之前我說過要花時間好好了解倫敦嗎?今天就來帶大家看看既諾丁山後,我很喜歡的另一個區域:柯芬園。這個地方對部分的人來說可能有些陌生,雖然也在市區,但這裏不像 Mayfair 或是 Soho 有名,也不大,但是幾個月來,是我最愛的逛街地點。柯芬園佔地空間很小,不過在這裡幾乎什麼都找得到,買衣服保養品、吃來自美國最好吃的漢堡、喝杯溫暖雙手的咖啡,重要的是,還能夠預先一窺聖誕節慶的歡樂氣氛。

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Best burger I've ever had? Shake Shack. I'm normally not a fan of American cuisines, but when it comes to this NYC chain store, count me in! I still remember the time I had Shake Shack with my sister, we just finished watching Mama Mia at Time Square New York, it was late and we shouldn't, but the burger is just too good to pass. Order the single cheese burger with a side of zig zag fries, and don't forget the custard ice cream of the week. Heaven.

去年暑假,我和家人同遊紐約,嚐到了大家口而相傳的美味漢堡,Shake Shack。還記得,那時我和楊小妹剛看完媽媽咪呀的音樂劇,晚上十一點多實在不是吃漢堡的時間,我們依然不假思索。不是特別愛美式食物的我,每次碰到這家店,都會不由自主地走進去。一份小的起司漢堡,配上可愛的閃電薯條(這種扭來扭去的薯條大家都怎麼稱呼啊?我覺得閃電還滿適合的,遮臉),再來一份冰淇淋,是我最喜歡的組合,今天就暫時把減肥拋腦後吧。

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My favourite Italian stationary shop, Il Papiro. Their note book are painted with delicate Tuscany patterns. In fact, get one of their diaries, what's better than starting the new year with some European vibe, right? 

收集筆記本一直是我的喜好,目前堆在櫃子裡的本子應該遠超過我接下來會寫到的量,但是每次看到有趣的設計還是會忍不住默默的結帳(笑)在 Shake Shack 不遠處的轉角,會發現這家來自義大利的 Il Papiro文具店。以托斯卡尼的經典紋路當作設計靈感,ll Papiro 利用精細的手工印刷,創作出一本本獨一無二的筆記本,假如你喜歡義式古典風格的,或是跟我一樣是名副其實的文具控,來到柯芬園可不要錯過了這家可以盡情挖寶的小舖。

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Before last week, I would never, I repeat-never, consider myself as a girl who wears layers of layers of clothes beneath your coat. It just didn't make sense to me at all. I'm usually the one who wears the least during winter among my friends. But man, I was so wrong. Last week is probably the coldest one in London so far. Its so different from the Taiwan and Australia. Very, very cold. It's like the winter days I use to have, walking out the door with just one thin top and jeans does not exist anymore.

一直到搬來英國以前,我一直覺得自己是不怕冷,我甚至常常不明白所謂的洋蔥式穿法,在朋友之中,我也都是穿最少的。以前不管是冬天到韓國或是東京旅遊,永遠都是一件薄上衣和外套就出門,但是上個禮拜,我真真實實的發現自己錯了,完全低估了歐洲的冬天,迎面而來的冷風,讓我不得不在外套下多加幾件衣服再上街,有時候覺得每天走路到地鐵站都是種折騰(笑)

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covent-gardenAnd there you have it, my very first Christmas tree shoot in London. I mean, how big is that tree? Massive. I'm sure there is gonna be more holiday season photos coming soon, honestly, hunting down the best decorated tree, is kind of my thing. Ciao ciao! 

上個星期在柯芬園,拍下了在倫敦的第一顆聖誕樹。因為天氣而冰冷的雙手,再瞧瞧眼前繽紛的節慶裝飾,莞爾一笑,聖誕節真的不遠了。

 Two months ago, I mentioned that something significant is about to happen here on the blog. And today, I'm happy to tell you that we're very very close to that! As some of you may not know, I started my blog in September 2014, at a Chinese blogging platform, Pixnet. That time, I created The Looking Glass as a place where I document my life in Australia. And see how crazy life can be, now that I'm in a totally different country, learning and doing something totally different. To be honest, I never thought photography would become such a big part of my life. It’s funny how a small decision can really snowball into a huge life change. Anyways, in no time, you will see a brand new TLG, I'm currently loving it already, and I hope you'll too. Stay tuned! 

記得在兩個月前,我有提到其實部落格一直在敲敲進行一個計畫。終於,經過一次次的討論和測試,新的網站終於快要好了。如果從痞客邦就開始閱讀的讀者,可能就會知道我一開始只是純粹以紀錄在自己的留學生活為主,當時在澳洲的生活邁入第六年,趁著最後幾個月,辦了帳號,將自己心目中覺得有趣的人事物一一拍照紀念並分享。沒想到過了一年,我在一個完全不同的城市,學的和做的是和之前完全不同的事,我也從來沒想過攝影居然會佔我現在的生活中這麼大一個部分。有時候想想真的滿有趣的,一個小小的決定的改變可以這麼大。新的 The Looking Glass 會更突顯著重於照片,希望能夠帶給大家在視覺上更有質感的故事和分享,敬請期待。

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Shake Shack 24 Piazza, London WC2E 8RD 

Il Papiro 14, The Market Building - Covent Garden, London