TQE | That Queer Expatriate

Expatriate, not ex-patriot: I'm a progressive liberal and queer American in Berlin, Germany. My roots in include 18 years in Denver, 6 in Laramie, Wyoming, 6 in Bloomington, Indiana, and 6 in Weimar, Germany. Sense a pattern? Don't want to leave a comment on this blog? Email scintillatingme at gmail.com, username "elmadaeu"

Alternative London – Exploring Brick Lane

Saturday, before Book of Mormon, I headed over toward Brick Lane for the Alternative London tour – which is, basically, a tour of Brick Lane focusing on street art and graffiti. The tour is done on a donation basis – at the end of the tour you tip what you think the tour was worth.

My tour guide, Josh, was pretty good. The tour wanders through a lot of history and past a lot of great street art. He was careful to define the difference between Street Art and Graffiti – a nuance that is lost on a lot of people.

I didn’t bring my good camera with me for the tour because it was cold and rainy – so Sunday morning, I went back – just in time for a number of street markets in the area. I ended up spending an awful lot of dosh on presents – mostly presents for the kids of friends (some born, some not yet born). For myself I bought an old coffee bag, which will be hung in my kitchen, and a penis pillow—because who wouldn’t?

Below are some of my favorites from the street. More can be found in my Flickr London 2013 set.

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3 comments to Alternative London – Exploring Brick Lane

  • Penis pillow. Yeah, who really wouldn’t?

  • koko

    I hope the child you bought the penis pillow for was me :) I will act surprised.

  • Cathy – I was surprised that everybody wasn’t buying a penis pillow. I bought a pretty conservative one — hard to explain, but the backside is conservative, not flashy. You’ll see it one day.

    koko – the penis pillow, aka “Cuddly Cock” — it never gets hard — is for me. It’s on my couch.