Before I came to London, I was continuously told by everyone, that snow was unusual. ”It hardly ever snows in London” they said. ”You won’t see any snow, while you’re away” they said. Well to you all… You were wrong.
It has snowed repeatedly in my first 20 or so days in London. You lying liars who lie. You sit on a throne of lies. Just kidding. But honestly, its snowed many times and its very cold here. Someone should invent something to keep your face warm, which is more socially acceptable than a ski mask.
I’m sorry, I will quit my griping about the cold, and my desire for a warm face and move on to the past few days of London living.
On Saturday, I slept in to catch up on sleep and then decided to do some homework. However, I figured it would be much more exciting to work on my homework in a London cafe versus the lounge here in the house. So with that idea planted in my mind, I gathered all of my materials and trekked down the road in search of a cafe for wifi. I found Cafe Nero and had never been there before so I decided to give it a shot. I ordered a wrap and a coffee and then looked for a place to sit. They had more seating upstairs so I cautiously walked up a set of spiral stairs, which I;m pretty sure they put in just so the staff could laugh at all the unfortunate souls who fell on them. However, I successfully made it up the steps without dying. I was enormously proud of myself, because I’m definitely not the most coordinated person on the planet….
However, that feeling of accomplishment disappeared rather quickly when I realized there were no available tables. So this meant I would have to attempt not to die again as I walked back down the steps. As I turned to go though, an elderly old man called out to me. His friend and he both got up and began grabbing their stuff. The man even cleared the table for me. It was very sweet, and I thanked him repeatedly. Yay British people!!
I spent about 2 hours in Cafe Nero, doing some reading for my classes. After that, I decided to spend some time in the bookstore next door. I miss book stores, so I spent at least a half hour, just wandering around. Nothing beats the feeling of actually holding a real book in your hand when reading. I headed back to the house and then left again to go grocery shopping. I feel like I do that all the time…
My friend Becca and I then decided to go to a different local bookstore before cooking dinner. The books are very cheap there and they have a really interesting selection. I bought the Life of Pi and a book called “Great Civilisations” (note the British spelling). As a history major, I thought the book looked really interesting. And for the record..its not a textbook.
The rest of the night consisted of cooking dinner and attempting to plan future trips. I successfully made hamburgers!!! The knowledge of cooking increases!!
Sunday…more snow. The day consisted of homework and then a family dinner. Two girls came up with the idea and cooked spaghetti with meatballs for about 16 people. Everyone contributed two pounds for food, and the meal was really good. An agreement was made that this should happen every Sunday, so it looks like Becca, Sheri, and I are making the food next Sunday. Should be fun. To conclude the day, it was time for movie night with our RLA Phillip. This week the chosen movie was Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Good movie.
The next day was rather average and ordinary. I did work around the house until it was time to leave for class, and then I attended Play Critique which is always a good life choice. (There you go mom, I now analyze things in good choice vs. bad choice.) After class, we decided to go see Les Mis at the local theater….again. I just had an overwhelming urge to see it…again and they offer a discount on Mondays as well as adding in the student discount. So therefore I just had to go….again. Anyway it was a fun time, and I regret nothing.
Today has been an extremely exciting productive day. A group of us left the house around 12 and headed towards the restaurant called Speedy’s. If there are any Sherlock fans who read this blog, I know of a few, then you know that this is a place they use when filming Sherlock. If you didn’t know that…now you do. You’re welcome.
After eating a delicious lunch in the very crowded, very busy restaurant, we headed towards King’s Cross Station. That’s right, we went to Platform 9 and 3/4. I had a complete nerdy fangirl moment and was much more excited than I probably should have been, but oh well. Live and let live. They have a store in the train station as well as a place where they have photographers who take your picture on the platform. They also have the 4 different Hogwarts House scarves to wear when taking your picture. It was definitely well worth a visit.
After that, we headed to another Sherlock site called Russel Square Gardens. They’ve had a few scenes filmed here. For the record, I didn’t know any of these Sherlock sites until I got here, my friends here are very dedicated Sherlock fans. After spending a little bit of time there, the group separated. A few people headed to Primark, while Becca and I headed back to the Victoria & Albert Museum in hopes of getting tickets for an exhibit they’re currently showing which features a bunch of famous Hollywood costumes. Unfortunately tickets for the day were sold out, but we were able to purchase tickets for this coming Friday. Then we figured we might as well explore more of the museum, since we’d already taken the tube out here. We looked at exhibits for theater and a lot of sculptures. We had lots of fun imitating sculptures and trying on some of the costumes.
The rest of the night was filled with fixing breakfast for dinner (french toast, potatoes, and scrambled eggs), then doing homework as well as figuring out a sort of bucket list for London. Overall a very productive day.