24 July 2015

USA Road Trip | Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

Right near the Upper Pools of Zion National Park (check out my Zion posts for more) we bumped in to a lady and got chatting, as you do. We compared routes and discussed the heat, and having just come from Bryce Canyon (where we were headed next) she suggested we stop off at Cedar Breaks on the way through.
She described the massive amphitheatre only a few meters from the car park and how serene the park was, as no-one really gave it a second glance. It sounded like a good idea to us – we’d never heard of it, but it sounded simple enough and after all aren't road trips about taking the long way round?
We talked with our Airbnb host’s daughter about it and she just kept saying “Cedar? It’s just all trees… Go through Zion, you’ll add at least an hour on to your time just for forest.”
Although we were in a rush to get to Bryce Canyon, and conscious that we only had a night there,  when I checked google maps it added literally 15 minutes to our journey – we had nothing to lose.

[Insert all cliché terms here.] 

But seriously, I felt like I had found a secret rainbow where sugar was good for you. It was so peaceful and quiet and I don’t understand why more people do not stop at the park. There are only four trails to choose from, but if nothing else it's a toilet stop with a mighty fine view. The visitor centre is also worth popping in, just to visit the friendly staff.
Forest fires are not only healthy for a forest, they're being prescribed after years of unnatural human interaction.
We walked around 10 minutes along the Spectra Point/Rampant Overlook Trail, clockwise and back again, just to get a new view before driving a little further along and walking part way down the Alpine Pond Nature Trail where we found the diddiest flowers and snow (!!) even though the temperature was hot

Depending on the time of year this area can be carpeted with flowers.

It just goes to show – do your own research, take random advice and don’t be afraid to do your own thing.
Check park openings on the NPS (National Parks Service) website as this park is not open all year round. We visited using our America the Beautiful Pass otherwise entrance is $4 per adult, rather than a flat charge for a car of up to 4 adults. Amazing value!

21 July 2015

London Life Week 001

If you know me outside of B.O.B. then you will probably know that I've moved to London for 6 months to complete an internship in Marketing.

I can't tell you how excited I've been to start working life again and also be living in the tourist heart of the UK. I live 30-60 mins outside of London (depending on what train you choose) so I've been here frequently for years, especially as my brother had a place here for the last 4. I've always loved London and to actually be living here?... IT'S FAB.

With the move comes more things to blog about (like I needed them!) and so without further introduction, here's what I got up to in my first week...

Saatchi Gallery | Monday

While most head to Tate Modern for their fill of modern art, I find the Saatchi Gallery much more to my taste. It's less hanging brooms with wigs and more huge walls of colour and shape. 
It's not all abstract with some figure work, sculpture and installation Art in the mix. Exhibitions change every few months and the origins of artists vary wildly resulting in a fresh, varied gallery. Allow about an hour/an hour and a half to see the galleries at a pleasurable pace and enjoy the beautiful surrounding outside + the well-stocked gift shop.

Price: Free
Address: Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London, SW3 4RY
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square or Victoria
Opening Times: 10am-6pm, 7 days a week, last entry 5:30pm

Cereal Killer Cafe | Friday

This place is awesome. I'd heard about it a while ago as a TV presenter tried to have a go at them for charging £4 for a bowl of cereal. I can imagine some of the rarer cereals (of which they have many) and the imported cereals do cost a fair bit, but he did have a point - they must make a mint, but don't they deserve it though...

I saw a tea towel in the Saatchi Gallery saying "Modern Art = I could do that + Yeah but you didn't" which just about sums up this place... Why has no-one thought of this before??
Introducing Unicorn Poop (below) a 'cereal cocktail' that includes Party Rings. Yes. Party Rings. And the best thing about the cafe is they have about a dozen different milk options including all the alternatives, so I could have it with lactofree milk.
I personally love the idea and for a date etc. or a quick meal it's as cheap as any cafe in London is ever going to get. It's a fun thing to do and a cool place to chill out. 
We got there just before closing and there were only a few couples chilling out, but I can imagine at peak times it would be impossible to get a seat.

Prices: My Unicorn Poop was actually the upper end of the cereal cocktail menu at £4.80. Smaller bowls of UK cereals start at £2.50 or £4.40 for large American cereal. See menu.
Address: Cereal Killer Cafe139 Brick Lane, ShoreditchLondon E1 6SB
Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street on the overground.
Opening times: Mon-Wed 8am-8pm Thu-Sun 8am-10pm
Also a Camden store. See website.

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