Sunday, 29 July 2007

Catch UP: First Order of Business Harry Potter

Here's the invitation to the big event.

The posters

This is the Death Eaters oustide of the Ministry of Magic. They built the entire building in the middle of Leicster Square. I was reading an article that for the Simpson's premiere they built the entire town (atleast the main places) of Springfield. I wish I could have seen that.

The Odeon where the film was premiered.

Daniel Radcliffe, Mr Harry Potter

Hermoine

Ron

I just put this picture in their to remind you that i walked down the same soapy green carpet as they did.

Tracy and I meeting the Weasley twins. The one next to me was Oliver.

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Paris Pictures

Sorry some of them are sideways...I thought I turned them around, so I'm not sure what happened.
I'll try to post more pictures later

Eiffel Tower

The Patrol around the tower

YES WE'RE REALLY HERE

AHHH...look at that view

Moulin Rouge across the street from our caberat show


The Stage


The adorable sign for our show

The Louvre

Notre Dame

The Latin District

The Luxembourg Gardens

The Center of Pompordo

The view from the art gallery


Boat Ride

Arc De Triumph

Versailles

Castle's temple ceiling

Hallway of Mirrors.....


Fountain in Versailles Garden

Pictures

Alright...be excited. The pictures have been loaded on my desktop. I plan on condensing them and posting them tonight.

I started it last night, but then I ended going to a Kiss party for EMAP. (KISS is one of their radio stations.) I was pretty much in Lauren heaven. Everyone I worked with was dancing, the music jumped between old school Micheal Jackson and Rap, Remixed pop songs, and the techno/house music they play on KISS.

Loves It
Lauren

PS Drinks were free and I managed to catch the tube, so no N97 or cab. Everyone should drink to that.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Paris

J'adore Paris!

I went to Paris this week-end and I'm in love. Kristen and I arrived, dropped our luggage out, and headed off to the Eiffel Tour. It was gorgreous, the view was amazing.

After the Eiffel tower, we went back to the hotel and changed. We met up with the tour group that arranged our trip and went to a Caberat show. The show poked fun of itself. There were magicians, dancers, topless dancers, and comedians. It was so fun, and the venue was really cute. Also it was across the street from Moulin Rouge. How Fabulous!

The next morning we woke up early and took the Metro to the Louvre. Before we left the hotel, we decided that our goal was to see as much as we could. This decided, we chose not to go into any of the museums becuase we didn't want to wait in line.

Anyway, the Louvre used to be the French Palace, so the outside was gorgouous. After we walked around, we went to the Latin Quarter. This is where the University's of Paris are located and it has a very Parisian, less tourist feel. We found the Luxembourg gardens, which were a paradise in themselves. After an hour or so of laying in the sun, we headed to Notre Dame. The famous church is located on an island in the middle of Paris.

Next we went to the Center of Pomporo. This is a modern building that houses everythign from movie theatres to a museum to art exhibits. We went in there and looked around for about an hour. Most of the exhibits looked like a seriel killer had made them. It was interesting, and there were some cool pieces.

Kristen and I hurried and ate dinner, then caught the last boat ride on the Seine. The Eiffel tower looked amazing. The new light show was slightly gaudy but it was still beautiful, it glittered like a christmas tree.

The next morning we woke up, hurried to the Champes-Elysee and the Arc de Triumph. We looked down the street that the Allied troops rolled their tanks up, then darted off to Versailles. The palace was beautiful. Every ceiling was painted in the theme of a Grecian god. There was Gold everywhere. One hall was entirely made up of mirrors, marble statues, and crystal and silver chandeliers.

Even better then the Chalet was gardens. They were huge and amazing. We arrived in time to see all the fountains go off.

We barely made it back in time to meet the group. The train took us straight from Paris to London. We made it home by 11:30 at night.

I loved Paris, everyone was nice. Everything was beautiful. Everyperson was gorgeous. Also, it was sunny unlike London.

Heaven.

I'll post pictures later. After I finish Harry Potter ;)

Friday, 13 July 2007

Superbad

I watch more movies in London then I ever have in America. Last night I went to the first press screening of Superbad. A teen movie that was a cross between Napolean Dynomite, Harold and Kumar, and Sixteen Candles. It was free, there was an open bar, and some models dressed up like police officers. Not bad. The movie wasn't great, but it was entertaining. Mom, you would hate it.

Also, to my parents: Mom sorry I didn't get ahold of you. I went for post-work drinks then went to the screening.

Dad, where are you? I've e-mailed you twice, and no response.

Even though its a friday, I have to go home and do laundry. I'm out of underwear, or as they say knickers. That's my exciting plans for now.

LAuren

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Movie Obsessed

Hello All,
I didn't realize the breadth of my audience, I've been newly informed by Whitney Shirk (whom I hope made it home safely) that the Shirk family is reading this. A short shout out to Uncle Mitch, I hope you enjoyed the golden penis, that seems to about your humor.
Anyways, last night I went to see "On The Waterfront." The BFI theatre shows movies for £5 on Tuesdays. Their focus for July is Marlon Brando; the BFI is the British Film Institute. The movie was amazing, even more amazing the theatre was completely full.
Tonight I'm going to the screening of Quinton Teritino's Death Proof. Since it didn't do well in the US, they are just releasing it here. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but its free. Which is hard to do in London.
Last Sunday, Whitney, Kristen, and I went out for lunch, to celebrate Whitney's Home Return. Since she wouldn't stop talking about all the food and pampering she was going to have in the US, we dropped her off at home, before we went sightseeing.
Kristen and I went to Sommerset House. We didn't go see any of the Galleries, we just sat outside by the fountains and watched the little kids run around. (It was the first sunny day in two weeks) Then we walked to the photographers gallery. The gallery was interesting, they were only displaying two photographers. The first photographer had a couple cool collections, and a couple collections of garbage, so I had mixed feelings about him. The second photographer's collection was more of an idea then art. He hitch hiked across London, and took pictures of himself with each sign he used. He photographed each person who picked him up standing next to their vehicle. The he recorded their quotes as to why they picked him up. Then, I'm pretty sure just to tie the two collections together, he took pictures of random garbage he passed on the side of the road.
I really wish I could take pictures, when we first arrived we went to the Faces of Fashion gallery, which displayed great Fashion photographers. Some of them were amazing.
I swear one day I will upload pictures.

Love you,
Lauren

Friday, 6 July 2007

Harry Potter Premiere and the Fourth of July

The Harry Potter premiere was amazing. Ross (my boss) and I arrived 15 minutes before the movie started. There were so many fans in Leischter Square that we couldn't even figure out where to enter. When we finally found the entrance, I realized that the small park had been turned into the Ministry of Magic, complete with Demontors. So passing all the unimportant people, I walked up the green carpet. I walked pass the stars. Since it's London, and it was raining, the green carpet was soapy. Once inside, we were led to our seats where a water bottle and a bag of popcorn were waiting. The screen had live feed of the starts showing walking down the carpet, and being interviewed. Right before the movie started, the head of the WB studio, the producers of the movie, and the three main stars, went up on stage to say a few words.
They went back to their seats, the theatre darkened and the movie began. It was amazing, quite possibly the best movie yet.
After the movie, we walked a few blocks to the buses, where we were driven to the after party. When you entered the building, there were this screens with the death eaters doing weird dance like movements with their wands. The papparizi was lingering around waiting for the stars. As soon as you walked through the main hall, the building broke into two sides. One was a dance floor, the other was filled with tables and the bar. Within seconds, a lady with a tray of Champagne arrived. Followed quickly by a spread of finger foods. After eating everything that walked past me, I made my way over to the two giant fountains of chocolate. Surrounding the fountain were dipping foods that ranged from pineapple and strawberry, to pretzels and shortbread. HEAVEN! Even more incredible, if your champagne glass went below half full, a person evaporated out of no where to top it off.
After a few drinks; Ross, his boss denise, her au pair Tracy, and I went to the green screen and had our pictures taken with a superimposed Harry and crew.
Tracy, who is also 21 and goes to Mizzou, wanted to get pictures with the Weasley twins because they were standing right behind us. I was too embarressed and fought the idea. Finally, she was like suck it up, and I did.
Tracy walks up to the twins and says, "I know this is tacky, but can we get a picture with you?"
Twin number 1, taps twin number 2 to turn around. Tracy and I hop in and their friend snaps the picture. Trying to make the situation less ackward and embarresing, I start talking to the friend and one of the twins. Ollie (the twin) and Aaron (his friend) were really nice, and the only people not 40 or 12. We ended up hanging out with them all night.
Through out the nights, the stars of Harry Potter surrouned me. Not only was I haning out with Ollie, but also with little Will, who plays the photographer that follows Harry Potter around. At the bar, I was a foot from JK Rowling the author. The lady that plays Doloris Umbridge was standing next to me. Emma Watson who plays Hermoine was on the dance floor right in front of me. Daniel Radcliffe who plays Harry Potter was standing behind me, when I sat down to give my feet a break. The Dame who plays Professour McGonagoll walked past me while I was shoving food down my face. Malfoy's friend, Doyle, bumped into me. Aunt Petunia was dancing next to me on the dance floor. Dudley was strolling around me. And at the end of the night, I stole Malfoy's cab. It was my Harry Potter heaven!
I'll have to load pictures later, it won't let me at work.

The next day was the fourth of July. I fell asleep at 9 until 12. I woke up ate some popcorn and went back to sleep until 8am. Happy Fourth to me!

Dad, I hope you're not dead, you didn't respond to my e-mail.

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

AHHH

I'm going to the HARRY POTTER PREMIERE!!!

Monday, 2 July 2007

This week-end

I'm at work right now, so I'll upload some pictures later. If you're lucky, I'll do it tonight.

This week-end was so much fun. I could barely walk today. I was on the go all week-end.

Friday at work we moved offices. When we were finished moving we headed across the street for free drinks. After a bottle of red wine, I decided it was best that I go home and eat dinner.
After my tasty frozen dinner, I embarked on an adventure with my roommate Alyssa and her boyfriend Rich. At first there was a group of 10 of us. We were trying to find Rich's friends at a warehouse party. By the time we found the party (at was actually a get-together in a flat. The flat was once a warehouse, but had been converted.) there was only 5 of us. It was an interesting (ie somewhat scary) experience, but I got to see a new part of London. The night would have been low key, except the night buses took us 3 hours to get home.

The next morning I woke up at 10 and started my sightseeing. I attempted to go to Buckingham palace, because I wanted to take pictures. I couldn't make it because the tube was under construction. Instead I headed over to Oxford street, where I hit up the July sales in hopes of some souvenirs. The souvenirs fell through, but I found a pair of running shoes on clearence, and I witnessed the gay pride parade. It was the best parade I've ever been to (minus the rain.) Everyone was dancing and dressed up in costumes.

That night, Kristen and I went a few buildings up to these Canadian girls apartments. (Kristen met them at the laundry mat when she was crying.) There apartment was amazing! They had a leather couch, a wine rack, a wooden dining room table, full size beds, one person in a bedroom; I could go on.
So we went out with this group of 12 girls. They were all really nice. The bar we went to was off the tourist path and was so much fun. The bar played bad American music. The backstreet boys, Backstreets back played, need I say more. The final song was Frank Sinatra's New York, New York. The entire bar was in a circle doing the CanCan. It was my heaven. I danced all night.
Sunday morning I woke up at 9am, and headed off the V&A musuem. The V&A is the best musuem I've ever been too. I only made it threw 2 exhibits in 3 hours.
At 2, I went home and picked up Kristen. We ate lunch then headed off to the Tate Modern. We only saw two exhibits, but I don't think I'm dark, or artsy enough for the modern art. I didn't get it. I'm going to go back and attempt a few other exhibits. Maybe the ones I saw were just too post-post-modern.

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Odd Pictures

I finally uploaded my camera and thought I would give you a small sampling of pictures.


Here's a picture of a beautiful park Kristen and I found. This pathway led to the Kyato Gardens. The Kyato garden was a japenese themed area. Along the path we passed the peacock.


The rest of the pictures are from back when Tricia was intown. We went on the London eye and had a complete view of London from the sky.






After the London Eye, we walked to the Tower of London, but it was closed. Instead we walked over Tower Bridge.


The next pictures all from our Sunday trip to the Stonehedge and a little town called Sansbury. The town had this beautiful church that holds the magna carta, the British document of rights.
There wasn't much to do in the town, but it was adorable.






Monday, 25 June 2007

Hello,
I'm back from Amsterdam! For the first time, I really felt out of place and realized that I was not in America. The city was beautiful, seedy, old, and strange all at the same time.









Kristen and I spent the day wondering around Amsterdam. We went to the Anne Frank house, which is probably one of my favorite things I've seen here. It brought the entire book to reality, and made me realize how real the Nazis were. No pictures were allowed in the house.

Dam square and the creapy Poseiden man


Check out my shoes, they're Holland shoes!



Everyone rides a bike in Amsterdam. They have like 5 lines per road. The first lane is for bikes, then there are two lanes for cars, then a trolley lane in the middle. Then they have the exact same thing going the opposite direction. I hypervenilated everytime I crossed the road.

We also took a canal cruise before we met up with Whitney for her birthday night. Kristen and I hung out at the Holland Casino waiting for Whitney who never showed up.



After the casino, we found Whitney at the beer garden, had a few drinks then headed off to the Red Light District.

Here we are entering the RED LIGHT DISTRICT


We couldn't take pictures of the prostitutes, so we got the golden penis in front of the Live Sex Show. We didn't get to see it, the last show had already started.



This Dutch man was celebrating his bachelor party dressed like Elvis. The entire bar was singing show tunes with him.

Amsterdam was so fun, and really was a cultural experience.
Lots of Love,
Lauren