Wednesday 22nd March 2017 was a weird day. In many ways, it was completely unremarkable. I’m lucky in that, for my job, I get to do a lot of work on twitter so I was checking our feed when I noticed a tweet about reported shots fired in Westminster.
Within minutes, or even seconds, more of the story was developing. I was giving everyone else in the office the information that was coming through as I saw it reported on Twitter.
My office is about a fifteen minute drive away from Parliament so there was never a major concern for our safety. We carried on working throughout and didn’t leave the office so much as a minute early. The office is on the ground floor of a very busy road, though, and we listened to endless police cars streaming past in packs. Three or four would tear down the street, usually about five or ten minutes apart, for what seemed like hours. I couldn’t believe that so many police were available, let alone that all of them were needed at once. It made the whole situation feel uncomfortably close.
The more information that filtered through to us, the more terrifying it got. Some people were cracking jokes. Others were still on lunch and had no idea, or were trapped in dull meetings when they would rather have their eyes glued to the news.
Here we are. The end is nigh. It’s been a great trip, hasn’t it? I’ve loved being able to look back on these amazing memories every week. I was really happy with how all of the videos turned out since it was my first time vlogging a full two-week holiday. Filming all the memories came surprisingly easy, too. After a few days of getting into the swing of it, I found that my camera rarely left my hand and I didn’t need to think too much about what I was going to record next.
Will I vlog future trips? Without a shadow of a doubt, yes. There is so much more to see in videos that in still photos alone. I know that I will look back and watch these vlogs so many times in future, far more often than I would get out a photo album, so it was completely worth it.
I was always very conscious of enjoying the moment as well as recording it. I never sacrificed my view or enjoyment at the time to capture a better shot. Hence why there’s a fair bit of shaky footage every now and then from when I was dancing or caught in the moment. If I sacrificed that, then I would be sacrificing some of the fun as well and I definitely didn’t want to do that.
Time to stop being sentimental and get on with the last day. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series.
If you have, then I’ve got good news. I’m off to Disneyland Paris in April 2017 and I will be getting out my vlogging camera once again. Be sure to subscribe to my channel to be notified when those videos pop up. Plus, there is more to come later this year as well.
See you real soon!
I have enjoyed getting to know ‘my’ London so much over the last two years. As much as I love the lights and buzz of Leicester Square and Covent Garden, there are other parts of the city that make this new Londoner feel a lot more at home. Here is my run down of my favourite slightly lesser-known parts of the city, as well as the ones that I want to explore more.
Even though I live here, there is so much to see and do, so why not try something different next time you’re in the capital?
It seems like we can’t go more than a few days between drama at Disney World. Between a broken phone screen and today’s issue, we weren’t doing too well.
Why not watch the video and then read on to find out more about our Disney drama?
As soon as I stepped through the door of Generator London, tucked away in a residential area only a stone’s throw from King’s Cross, I felt like I’d become a tourist. It’s strange to be surrounded by people exploring my city, but it automatically made me feel excited, remembering all the hostels I’ve stayed in around the world.
Generator isn’t a normal hostel, though. It’s fair to say that it’s a lot more clean, innovative, and pretty than a lot of the places that I have stayed in. With lots of social areas, including a piano for anyone to put on a show, this is a social space for London travellers.
So why was I pretending to be a tourist for the evening? Generator invited a handful of London bloggers to find out about the hostels around Europe, give cocktail making a try, and even flip a few pancakes on camping stoves. It was an unusual evening filled with chats, laughs and stiff drinks. Sounds perfect, right?