Winter Magic

London is a beautiful place in the winter.

My all-time-favourite place to visit in London is it’s 625-acre Hyde Park. In the summer, nothing beats a book under one of its trees by the Serpentine. But in the winter? Nothing beats (or will ever beat) Winter Wonderland.

The entrance to Winter Wonderland, via Hyde Park Corner station.

The entrance to Winter Wonderland, via Hyde Park Corner station.

 

When you first walk in, you see an endless road of wooden cabins on the left and right, which all sell varieties of different goodies: chocolates, gifts, house decorations, roasted chestnuts, scarves and gloves–but the secret is that almost all of them are home-made by talented families or individuals.

The wooden cabins on both sides, with the Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree in the background.

The wooden cabins on both sides, with the Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree in the background.

 

You can see massive roller-coaster tracks from across the park (I’m not one who loves roller coasters, or any of those big rides. I’m even afraid of horror houses!), and you’ll find dozens of classic arcade games you’d find at any fair: shoot the duck, throw rings into the bottleneck, pop the balloons with darts, pick a random bag and you’ll always win, and even pop the balloons with a bow and arrow! That last one, I must admit, is my favourite game. I’ve won a prize in it two years in a row!

Me, winning the archery game at Winter Wonderland.

Me, winning the archery game at Winter Wonderland.

 

If you plan on visiting it, make sure you do during a weekday morning! It’s much more crowded starting midday, and at night it’s almost like a traffic jam!

I miss Winter Wonderland, and I can’t wait till November to go again.

A New Start

My name is Fares.

I’m a passionate, talkative and active computer science student, and I am the first year representative for both the KCL Computing Society and the KCL Tech Society.

I am obsessed with technology, and I actively try to keep up with its latest advancements

I am not the most exciting writer (I admit, I’ve tried) but, throughout the following year or more, I will be writing about the experiences I have living in Foggy London Town. I’ll be writing about the places I visit in and around London, the people I meet in and out of the university, and the opportunities I find and try to grasp that are given to me being a student at such an incredible place to be as King’s College London.

So far, my first semester was a blast, and I believe I’m not the only one on my course who thinks so! The lectures are interactive and friendly. The teaching assistants are the kindest and most supportive I’ve ever met. The people around me share the same passion as me, so much that I have developed a sense of belonging to the atmosphere.

Over the past few months, I’ve discovered that places like King’s keep us busy, but in a good way. There’s always something to do, always somewhere to go, always someone to meet! I’m part of the baking society too (there’s a society for everything), and there’s events throughout the year. The computing society hosted a wonderful Christmas dinner too, which took place at Smollensky’s on the Strand, not more than five minutes walk away from my campus!

KCL Computing Society Christmas Dinner, Smollensky's

KCL Computing Society Christmas Dinner, Smollensky’s. From left to right: Alex Enache, Mustafa Al-Bassam, Maher Atashfaraz, Fares Alaboud (me), Levente Feher, Zian Yusuf

And that, was just the beginning.