The past few days here have been pretty rainy and cold. This is the kind of London I imagined. When it was hot last week, I thought about all the sweaters I brought and how I couldn’t wear any of them. Now it’s cold and I realized that I only have 2. Still need to go shopping and get a few more staples for my wardrobe.
The long weekend was amazing. Friday night, Hanna, Megan, Madi, and I went out to the Metropolitan (didn’t have any drinks), came home, and ordered pizza. The pizza also came with wings, garlic bread, and a two-liter of Coke. Everyone knows about the worst part of having pizza delivered is that you have to tip, but it’s not customary here in England so that was pretty awesome It was a good deal and it was nice to just sit on the floor and talk and eat some good, wholesome pizza
Saturday, Hanna and I heard there was some festival on the Thames so we, along with Megan, Madi, and Austin, decided to go check it out. We don’t know if what we found was what we were looking for, but we had a really nice time there. We walked through a tunnel between Waterloo and South Bank that was covered in graffiti. I got the impression that anyone could graffiti there and also that it’s legal. I want to do it sometime. When we got to the Queen’s Walk, there were a lot of street vendors and performers which were pretty entertaining. I had a nutella and banana crepe for dinner, and we had a good time looking around at all the different booths. We heard it’s going on this weekend too, and I want to try the Mexican place that some of my friends tried! Also, I found potentially the best toilet I’ve ever seen in my life. I paid 50 pence to use it. Totally worth it.
That night, everybody went out to party again. We got home around 3am or so, and went to bed around 4. Sunday morning, me and Hanna had tickets to go visit Buckingham Palace, so we woke up at 9am for breakfast. Sunday morning, I woke up with a cold and I realized that I’d been out basically all 11 nights that I had been in England so far. I decided that I needed a lifestyle change.
We took the tube to Buckingham Palace, which was in an area of London I had never been to before. Buckingham Palace is only open for visitors for about 60 days out of the year, when the Queen is on holiday. It’s going to be closing again on September 29, so it’s pretty lucky that I got to see it during this time period. I thought it was pretty amazing how they convert the palace into a tourist attraction, with handrails and information cards everywhere, and then take it all down for personal use by the royal family during the majority of the year.
It was also interesting because this summer was the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, so there was a special exhibit for that, including all the regalia from that day and even videos. Also, the royal baby is about 2 months old now so there were a lot of royal baby souvenirs in the gift shop
I couldn’t take pictures, but here’s an example of one room I saw! There’s even a secret door in it for the Queen.
I was even more sick yesterday, had a hard time staying awake in one class, and spent most of the day afterwards in the library doing reading for my Interpersonal Communication and International Relations classes. But then, it was time for me to go see my first play for my theater class!
I took the tube alone for the first time, only two stops to Swiss Cottage where the Hampstead Theatre was visible immediately after leaving the station. I received my ticket from my professor and joined my classmates up in the balcony. The production was called “Hysteria,” written and directed by Terry Johnson. I had no knowledge or expectations for the play; I could tell from the brief synopsis that it had to do with Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali in 1938, and I didn’t really see how that could fit together.
The play was really, really good. It was a comedy, but a drama too I think because some of it was very serious and sad, but there were some parts that were pretty funny. I had already decided by intermission that I liked it, and the second half was full of surprises that made me like it even more.
It was my first theater experience other than Shakespeare in the Park or the Chrisman high school plays, but I left the show feeling good and excited for what’s next this semester. This is theater in LONDON.
Is this real life?
I had better get start studying for my maps quiz that I have tomorrow