Sorry for the delay in posting, random readers! It’s been a busy week, and I’m currently trying to find the perfect balance between finishing all of my various assignments as well as exploring the grand old city of London. A difficult task, but alas I continue to attempt.
Alright, so when we last left off I was about to start my second week of classes.
On Monday, I had the lovely wake up call of the wailing sounds from the fire alarm. After the alarm finished its tirade, I continued with my day and did some readings before heading to my 2 o’clock class. I had Play Critique, and we began to really look at the various elements of plays. We also discussed the various details to attending our first performance for the semester. We were scheduled to see the show Somersaults, the next day at 7:30 and were very excited.
After class, Becca, Sheri, and I stopped at Tesco to pick up groceries for the week, we got the staples in order to survive the week. I found British gogurt!!!! Or at least something that resembles it. It’s called Frube! I was rather excited. =P After picking up groceries, we attempted to make Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. I successfully cooked chicken! “I am the master commander!!!” Thank you Youtube for providing various videos to quote on a regular basis. The meal was absolutely delicious, and I’m getting hungry just writing about it.
The rest of the night was spent working on homework and taking quick breaks throughout by watching youtube videos as well as having 20 second dance parties.
Tuesday I awoke to an email which unfortunately reported that the entire cast of the show Somersaults, had gotten sick so the show was cancelled, and we won’t be seeing it. Sadface. However, the day was not to be wasted, I have no classes on Tuesday and my friends and I decided to go exploring.
Now, I don’t know if any of you are Sherlock fans, but it is a popular British TV show, that is filmed in London. Several of my friends are die hard Sherlock fans, so we decided to go see some of the more popular spots, and I also wanted to buy a few things from Primark. So we set out on our adventure. We caught the tube and ended up beside the Thames and found a skate park with lots of grafitti. Now, I know that might not sound like the most interesting thing in the world, but the graffiti looks awesome. It covers almost everything, and really livens up the boring cement walls of the skate park. We walked along the Thames and tried to find the Millennium bridge. It was about a twenty minute walk. Have I mentioned that London can be quite chilly? Because it can be. Like a lot. Makes for a cold Josephine.
We found the Millennium Bridge, which I wanted to see due to the fact that it was featured in the sixth Harry Potter movie series. I was extremely excited to walk across it. Yes, I am that much of a nerd. We walked across the bridge and it was more than I could have ever hoped for. Just kidding, it was a very normal bridge and a very average walk across it. We then walked to St. Paul’s Cathedral where we acted like tourists for a few moments before moving on to another Sherlock site, St. Bart’s Hospital. Outside the hospital there is a telephone booth, where Sherlock fans have started leaving notes in regards to the show.
From there we headed to Primark. Primark just doesn’t get less amazing, no matter how many times I go. So many cute things, at such inexpensive prices. I bought a scarf and 2 ear cuffs for only 3 pounds. 3 pounds! After heading back to Palace Court, Sheri, Becca, and I decided to get movie tickets to go see Les Miserables because it was only just released here and Sheri hadn’t seen it yet. So we bought tickets at a local theater, which happened to give student discounts. We saw the movie at 8, and the theater was very cute. Very tiny, and it actually had a bar in the theater. Les Mis was just as amazing as the second time, in fact I just bought tickets to go see Les Mis on stage in London, on my birthday in March. I’m quite excited.
Wednesday was a very average, typical college student day. I did some homework, went to Creative Writing, and that was about the extent of the excitement of the day.
Thursday was a jam-packed day, which I think is going to be the case every week. The day started with Contemporary Photography. We went to the Victoria & Albert museum to look at some of the photography exhibits. The class looked at a photography exhibit called “The Light from the Middle East” which, was really awesome. Some of my favorite pieces were created by the photographer Amirali Ghasemi. His pieces were really unique and different. After looking at the photography exhibit, Becca, Sheri, and I went to look at some of the sculptures, stained glass, and some gold pieces from the Reformation. After the museum, I headed back to the London Center for my history class. The class was full of discussion and was very interesting. I’ve never learned about the modern history of Britain so it’s definitely a new perspective.
Today I awoke to a snowy London street. So it was decided among my friends that today would be a lazy day in. I’ve spent the day working on various homework assignments, attempting to plan future trips, and writing this overdue blog. I’ll try and update more regularly from now on, but until the next time cheers!