Terror in London

I never want to make my blog political and I try to stay away from writing about my opinions about current affairs. However living in London and writing my blog about my life in London, today it seems unnatural not to share my thoughts or at least mention the terror attack that happened at Westminster this afternoon.

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According to the BBC four people have been killed and at least 20 are wounded.

I had just come home today, when I turned on the TV and it said that there had been a terrorist attack by the Houses of Parliament. I first thought about Greg, because he works so  close to the site and my immediate thoughts was that he could have gone there for lunch. My worries for him were calmed fast though as I saw that it happened after he would have been due to be back at work after lunch long before this happened, so that he would have been at his office when this took place.

Looking at the TV today though filled me with sadness and made me start to wonder about life, the way that these things always make you do.

Wherever a terrorist attack happens it is a tragedy and horrible for the people involved, for those losing a loved one and for the people walking around feeling that fear of terror in their body and in their streets. All lives count the same and everyone treasures their lives and the loss of a life is the same for anyone, that is a given. Of course when an attack happens close to you however, and you feel that this could have happened to you, where you are or where you might have gone you think of it more. I feel that we all walk around thinking in the back of our minds that such a terrible incident could not happen to us or where we live regardless of if that is true or not. It is how we survive and go about our day. So of course when it does happen you get surprised and shocked.

I remember when the Terrorist Attacks happened in Paris on November 13th 2015. I worked in a bar at the time here in London and when I came home and saw the news I felt very touched by it personally. Much because it was in a big European capital like London and also because the shooters shot down many places similar to my own work. This gave the added feeling of identification with the victims because it felt as though they had  a very similar night to my own up until it happened and it gave me a feeling that it could have happened at my job during my night just like it could with them.
It is the same thought that makes me feel strong about the London attack today, the fact that you walk so many times on that exact spot it happened and the feeling that I could have just as easily been walking here today or someone I love could just as those unfortunate people today or this could have just as easily happened when I walked here not long ago.

I think that is some of the effects terror has on us, the feeling that we are not safe  where we are and that if it could happen to them, it could happen to us which is so unfortunate and a part of the desired effect.

Earlier I was thinking of how this morning I was stressed and worried about what is going on in my life and when things like this happens you realize how small and insignificant these things are. Those poor people who died today do not have worries to wake up to tomorrow and they had no idea this morning. Their loved ones would most likely have good and bad things on their minds with their morning coffee and now those things are all over shadowed by what happened today and the grief that comes with it.

I feel bad for people in our community that might experience more racism, bullying and exclusion after today as well. In my experience this is something that often happens, people lash out at innocent people who had nothing to do with the incident because of their own ignorance. I hope that that does not happen this time, and lets remember to be kind towards one another and please do not put responsibility where it doesn’t belong with innocent people who had nothing to do with this. We have to be nice and kind towards each other even after such a terrible and tragic event.

I feel so sad for the people that lost their lives today, for the brave policeman risking his life and dying for the safety of others and for everyone grieving. I will be praying for them all and that we will all just start being nice to one another and stop hurting each other.

– Camilla

Day Trip out of London: Windsor Castle

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This weekend Greg and I decided to take a day trip out to Windsor and visit Windsor Castle.
If any of you living in London or visiting London and want to make a short trip out of the city to see something else I highly recommend this trip.
Greg and I have been talking about going to see the castle ever since he first came to London but only now got around to it.

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The castle was built in 1070, by William the Conqueror and has since them been kept in the royal family and built on by the reigning King or Queen of the times.

Britains current Queen, Queen Elisabeth || has been using the castle frequently during her life and comes up there on her free weekends, and during the spring.

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I think it is so cool to walk around historic places like this and take in all the history and think how many people has walked on those grounds! Not only in today’s society but also hundreds of years ago. To think that the most powerful people of 1000 years ago walked on those exact grounds we are walking on.

Whilst we were at the castle we walked around the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel.

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In the State Apartments you can see all the rooms that the old Kings and Queens used for their bedrooms, their dining halls and their ball rooms. They also have old gifts given throughout the centuries from other state leaders to the royal families.
I wanted to take so many pictures, but both in the State Apartments and the Chapel you are not allowed to photograph.

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In St. George’s Chapel many of the old Kings and Queens are buried and their tum is displayed next to the history of the one laying there. Greg and I was talking as we walked though the Chapel that it is amazing to think that these people are laying right were we are standing. These once very powerful people, who shaped the course of the world we live in, are now right by we are standing, centuries after their death.
In a way it is a nice thought and in another way a very sad and aerie thing to think about. It suddenly makes them seem just like you and me. Mortal and human – as we all are.

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Not only is the castle beautiful and so enriched with history, but the town of Windsor is beautiful as well.
It has a small town vibe to it and at the same time you can find any store here, big or small. If you do go to see Windsor Castle make sure you set of some extra time to walk around the town.

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If you want to go to Windsor Castle from London you can take direct trains from Waterloo station. The train takes 50 minutes to Windsor and leaves every 30 minutes. The train you need to board is Windsor and Eton and it takes less than 5 minutes to walk from the station to the Castle. The train costs 21 pounds in peak our but only 12 pounds return of peak. The Entrance to the Castle is 21 pounds, 19 for students.
Be weary though that lines getting in to the castle can be long. When we went we were only in line for about 15 minutes, this was probably because we got there around 2 pm when the castle is less busy.
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So there you have it, a recommendation of a great outing and how to get there. I hope you all have a nice week, and we will “talk” very soon!

– Camilla

 

Deportation??

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As most of you probably know, yesterday Britain voted to leave the EU. I was just about to start my shift at work when I saw it on the BBC and it was pretty much what dominated all the conversions that day, both with the staff and residents.

Some were happy whilst others very sad and disappointed, and I think we were all very surprised when the prime minister David Cameron announced that he would resign. What is for sure is that it was a historic day.

I am not a big fan of writing about politics here on my blog, but because this event could potentially affect me directly I must say I was very disappointed and throughout the day started worrying about my own future. Since the UK is in the EU and Norway is a part of the EEA, I have been very spoiled since coming here. I dont have to worry about visas or my right to work or study, simply because it has already been fixed for me. I have not needed a visa or work permit, and I am realizing now how much I have taken that for granted. It probably sounds weird and even arrogant, but I have not really even considered myself a foreigner in London and over the years London has started to feel like my home. Yesterday it suddenly dawned upon me that I am actually a foreigner. The thought that I might one day have to leave here without wanting to has never really occurred to me until yesterday. This is not just the situation for me, but for thousands of people from all over the EU living in the UK. And of course I realize that there is many more from all over the world living in places they consider home but have an uncertain future and have to live in that limbo. I am here writing about the EU referendum because it is what has been on my mind the last two days.

As I woke up this morning I had gotten a little bit more used to the thought of these changes and started to relax a little bit. After all nothing is happening yet, and we do not know yet what the deal will be in the end as the UK is exiting the EU so until then I will go on with my life as usual and cross that bridge when I come to it. At least I will try to, after all I am a nervous Nellie who has not yet learned how to relax and stop worrying over anything unsettled.

Both Greg and I had a day of today, the first in a long time. Because he works Monday to Friday and I work 12 hours shifts that often land on a weekend it has been weeks since we had a day together just the two of us. Unfortunately it was raining and thundering most of the day but we decided to make the most of it.

We went out for lunch and had some amazing cheese burgers at a place in Westfield, Stratford called The Shake Shack. After having a very healthy week it was absolutely amazing to have a “cheat day” and eat some good old cheeseburgers and fries.

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After our lunch it was pouring down rain so we decided to take the tube around to some places we dont know to well to see if it is somewhere we might look for a place to rent. We are about to start house hunting for our own place to live. We currently live in one room in a house, were we have been living since February and now it is about time we get a place of our own. Better get it now before they deport me. Oof no hopefully not.

Well, now I am of to go wake up Greg from his nap, put out some sweets and enjoy the rest of my day of with my amazing man before work starts again tomorrow.

I hope you all have a great Saturday night, and we will talk again tomorrow.

– Camilla