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What I did in March

These are some of the things I did in March:

Attended more Icelandic lessons and learnt how to tell the time and names for food (nammi! kaffi! kaka!) and how to talk about what I did at the weekend, and what I do for work. Met my fuelband goal every day except one. Went to the 100th Pub Standards and watched an auction of mostly t-shirts from companies such as Last.fm. Went on holiday to Prague. Rode a train up a pier in Southend-on-Sea. Visited Milton Keynes and saw the concrete cows (both sets) and the Frog clock (which I caught a bubble from and made a wish). Saw Daniel Kitson's Analog.Ue at the National Theatre. Walked from Langdon Park to Devons Road on a Tube Walk. Visited Hythe and Dymchurch and walked on the beach with my mum and ate candyfloss ice-cream. Stared at slowly moving colours at the James Turrell exhibition at the Pace Gallery. Saw a few space invaders. Walked past the police station my great grandfather worked at. Saw the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and added coloured straws into the structure. Ate lavender ice cream. Saw Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums, at Two Temple Place. Went to the Cartoon Museum and saw the Spitting Image exhibition with tackline. Stared up at stalactites near Victoria station. Smiled at the postbox with eyes in St Margaret's. Wandered around Alexandra Park with deathboy and Corben. Saw the Drawn Together exhibition at the Riverside Gallery, and the falling telephone boxes in Kingston. Bought a suitcase in Norbiton. Did a bus challenge and went to the Welcome to Iraq exhibition at the South London Gallery, where I ate traditional Iraqi biscuits that tasted of cardamom. Completed a circuit of the Capital Ring by walking from Grove Park to Crystal Palace. Visited High Elms. Added a few trees to Kevan's Great Trees of London FourSquare list and visited one of the Great Trees of London in Downe - a yew tree.

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@squirmelia: "Are you escaping?" she asked. "You don't look prepared for the outside world. Anything could have happened out there."


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Prague: Sunday and Monday

We visited the Lego Museum on the Sunday and it had Lego dating back to the 1950s, as well as models of landmarks, such as Tower Bridge (London), and the Charles Bridge (Prague), with Lego punks on it. It also had lots of Star Wars Lego and Lego aeroplanes and Lego dragons and Lego clowns and so on.

We then tried out the spa at the hotel, which was relaxing.

That evening we went to another vegetarian restaurant - Maitrea, and drank very thick hot chocolate, and I ate kimchi and goulash with dumplings. I was unfortunately too full to try guarana ice-cream for dessert.

Lego Museum:
Lego Wall

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Žižkov Television Tower

On the Saturday that we were in Prague, deathboy and I went up the Žižkov Television Tower. It was a futuristic looking tower with giant black babies crawling up it, by the artist, David Černý.

At the top, there were excellent views over Prague, and a photography exhibition. There were also swinging pod chairs with piped sounds, and you could lean back and stare at the rooftops from them.

That night, we wandered, and drank zombie cocktails at the Zombie Bar and at the Comics Museum bar.

Žižkov Television Tower and the Bata shop:
Žižkov Television Tower Bata
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A Friday in Prague

It was a Friday in Prague, and she was wearing stripey tights, and he was wearing a t-shirt that said "Jeep" on it.

They walked past a mass of padlocks, padlocked to railings on a bridge:
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A Thursday in Prague

The girl who was wearing the green dress ate little pink cakes with jam in for breakfast.

She wandered up a hill after that, accompanied by the boy who was wearing two watches, and they reached the Písek Gate. They stared at the faces on the outside, and the red horse inside:

Horse

The sun shone brightly and the pollen count was rising. The girl who was wearing the green dress looked for Cubist houses and then started to sneeze. The boy who was wearing two two watches took panoramic photos of the park they stood in, and they both admired the view.

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Malostranská Station

The walls were a space age green and gold, with the texture of bubble-wrap, at Malostranská Station in Prague.

deathboy and I walked out of the station, dragging our suitcases behind us across the cobbled streets.

(I felt like such a proper grown up, owning a suitcase, as opposed to carrying a rucksack.)

In the hotel we stayed in were a number of half-tables, as if half of the table was in one room and the other half in another room entirely.

Malostranská Station
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I. (c) Buses: Starting at Victoria again

A few weeks ago, I attempted another bus themed challenge (June Challenge: I (c)), using the same conditions as last time:
n = 9.
Start point = Opposite Westminster Cathedral, on Victoria Street, in London.

I got on the first bus that came along, and then got off at the 9th stop, and then got on the next bus that came along, and so on.

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Stick a deckchair up your nose

Last Sunday, tackline and I visited the Cartoon Museum and saw an exhibition about Spitting Image.

Then after that, I ate lavender ice cream and salted caramel ice-cream.

We visited the Trocadero and found a bunch of abandoned arcade machines without power, cowering in the corners.

Then we went to Two Temple Place and saw Discoveries: Art, Science & Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums.

We wandered for a while and then ate dinner at the Blackfriar, an art nouveau pub built in 1875, on the site of a medieval Dominican friary.


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Stalactites, mannequin, postbox

Wednesday, I went to see stalactites, which spiralsheep had made me aware of. (Thank you!)

Yesterday, I saw the usual tribe of mannequins at the Fashion Retail Academy.

Today, I posted a letter and met a postbox with eyes.

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Colourful straws, glowing screens, and wandering

My mum and I wandered around the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the RCA, on Saturday, climbing stairs and looking through peepholes at features of the building, wandering through a maze of sticks and listening to stones crunch beneath our feet, gazing at the delicate lit up bamboo, and adding coloured plastic straws to a structure that many other people had added straws to. That was my favourite bit.

We visited the Pace Gallery for the James Turrell exhibition after that and watched slowing changing glowing colours.

Then we wandered for a while, past the location of Les Cousins (folk club) where my Mum used to go in the 60s, and past the police station my great grandfather worked at, and then we looked for a Banksy, but failed to find it, but I did find an Invader not on my FourSquare list and then one on my list.

We then went to the Southbank and walked along there in the sunshine and watched the skateboarders.