Saturday, 1 September 2012

More Osheaga Photos: The Bands

Metric and The Black Keys
Feist

Florence and the Machine (top) & Garbage (bottom)
The Sheepdogs (top) and City & Colour (bottom)


More Osheaga Photos: A few others



Can't have a festival without rain!
The crowd.. there was over 100,000 people there!

Fluorescent colours and paint!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Osheaga!!!

It's been a long time but I figure I should update everyone on one of my new experiences of the summer. I went to {Osheaga}, an annual music festival, for the first time! We attended 3 days worth of heat, rain, sun, music, and good times! Osheaga is the largest festival of its kind in Canada. It takes place in Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène, an island that is only accessible by the Metro. It not only showcases some big names, but it also attempts to show some emerging local and national artists. Over the three days, over 90 bands perform. This year some of the big names included: The Black Keys, Snoop Lion (nee: Dogg), Feist, Metric, Florence & the Machine, Garbage, City & Colour, The Shins, MGMT, Fun., Franz Ferdinand, the Sheepdogs, and many more, which can be seen {here}

Instead of staying in a hotel, we decided to rent an apartment, which was AMAZING!! It's something we would definitely do again. The place we chose was centrally located and had many restaurants and shops nearby. Oh, and it was super close to the Metro too!

I don't know if I could do such a big festival again, but it's a definite must try!

The 7ish hour drive to Montreal

Our sweet apartment (top to bottom): dining room, kitchen, living room with pullout bed, bedroom, bathroom, balcony

My photo shoot for {Friends in My Closet}

One of my favourite shots of the 3 of us on the Friday

Monday, 6 August 2012

My last UK BBQ

Before graduation, some of the girls from "The Walk" held a BBQ for the group of us, along with any of our visiting parents. Thankfully the weather was perfect BBQ weather and the food and company were perfect! Thank you to Simone, Kat, Joey, and Taz for organizing this wonderful event!

From left to right: Luke, Keston, Taz, Joey, Simone, myself, Kat, & Mark

One more on the deck

Friday, 3 August 2012

Grad Ball @ Shaka Zulu, Camden Town

The night after graduation our Grad Ball Committee organized a dinner and after party at {Shaka Zulu} in Camden. It was sort of nice to head back to our old neck of the woods to spend one of my last few night left in England. They had free cocktails/beer/wine on arrival, followed by a 3 course dinner, which was mediocre, some speeches, and then dancing until the buses took us home around 2 30 am. An amazing night with some great people -- glad I went!

Inside the bar


Another photo of inside the bar


More of the tribal decor
Pre dinner cocktails
The appetizer

me

Some of our rotation group
The rest of our rotation group minus Erin & Rhianon
 

Myself with Simone and Elyse

With 2 of our profs

There were people that worked there dressed as various animals

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Grad Night Dinner with the Parentals

The night of my graduation, my family decided we wanted to go somewhere fancy for dinner. I did a little online investigation and provided my parents with a selection of 4 or so restaurants to choose from. It was decided that we'd head to {Apsley's and the Lanesborough Hotel of London}, and boy am I glad we chose that place! The service was superb and the food was to die for! Below are some photos from the evening.

Dad and I with a little bubbly

the fam

The cheese trolley

Pretty chandelier

My starter: butternut squash ravioli

My parents' main: Belly of pork

My main: gnocchi

My dessert

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Graduation

Woo-hoo! The big day has finally arrived! On July 25, 2012 the RVC BVetMed Class of 2012 celebrated their graduation at the {Freemason's Hall} in London. Despite the super warm temperature, it was a great day to celebrate. The RVC did a great job with the ceremony.... now I just have to wait for my diploma to arrive in the mail! Below are some pics from the ceremony.

Getting my license from the principal

In the grad rags

Mom, Dad & I

The hall where we had refreshments

Lauren, Rachel and myself

Mark, Myself and Matt

Mom, me, and dad outside the hall

Jamie, me and Matt

Freemason's Hall

Saying the Veterinarian's Oath

The program

Inside the Hall

Sunday, 29 July 2012

One Last Hop On/Off Tour

Although I've done them several times now, my family and I decided to take one last Hop on/Hop off tour of London. We decided we'd go with The Original Tour: London Sightseeing and we made sure to purchase our tickets online in advance to save a few pounds. We were lucky enough that we had a beautiful (and somewhat hot) day, which made for a great time on the open top tour. As with every other time I've toured with them, the live tour guides were super friendly and quite funny. For those of you that don't know what these tours are about, well, you get on a double decker bus, follow a tour route (they have various ones) and you can get off at any of their stops (usually associated with a tourist attraction), walk around and explore, and then get back on at any of their stops. Your ticket is good for 24 hours and a Thames Boat Cruise is also included. 

Some of the sights on the tour include: Piccadilly Circus, The National Gallery, Nelson's Column, St. James' Palace, Ritz Hotel, Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Guard, St James' Park, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Parliament, The London Eye, The London Aquarium, 10 Downing Street, Covent Garden, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Dungeon, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, London Bridge, and a lot more.

Although it can seem pricey, it's definitely worth the money for a first time visitor to London, as you get to see everything in a decent amount of time!

Below are some photos of London throughout my parents' visit. Not all pictures were taken on the tour, but those are still some of the sights you'd see.

The Fam in front of Parliament

Parliament and the tower (with Big Ben inside!)

Myself in front of Buckingham Palace

Tower Bridge with the Olympic rings!

Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

A peek of St. Paul's Cathedral

Mom and dad having a brewskie at the pub