I swear that this trip just gets better and better. I wish I had more time to keep up with my blog posts, but each night I get back too late to start or I’m too beat/busy to write it, which is a good thing.
On day 3, I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum which I found fascinating since I’m a huge fan of museums. Me and my small group of 3 other students dressed up in old costumes (used in real plays), admired the artwork, and drooled over the 2-story exhibition of sparkles and old jewelry. We ate lunch at the cute cafe located at the bottom of the museum and it was fantastic! I had a drink called Pimms (which was Pimms, lemonade, and various fruits) which might have been one of the best (and most expensive) drinks that I’ve ever had.
Now, what transpired next is a moment in time that I will never forget; we went to Harrod’s. Yes, we went to the mothership of all department stores, the store that has everything you could possibly ever want. Unfortunately, everything I could possibly want weighs in a hefty price… in pounds. My eyes bulged from my head as I took in everything Harrod’s had to offer, so distracting that I managed to lose one of the girls in our group. Of all the times she could have wandered off and gotten lost, it was in one of the largest and most crowded places in London and none of us have cell phone coverage.
While she was meandering about the 1st floor, probably panicking and looking for us, another girl and I went to try on a dress and sent our male comrade on a search for the missing one. I tried on a sequin dress and, boy, it was a mistake. The dress felt like it was made for me; it flattered everything perfectly. The catch? FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY POUNDS. I don’t even know what that is in American dollars. But I look a selfie and added it to my wish list. Maybe it’ll go on sale. Probably not.
Following that, we visited Buckingham Palace. You could say it was a full day. Of course, we chose the hottest part of the day on the sunniest day of the summer, so naturally every tourist in London was gathering around the front gates like a swam of flies. We managed to snag a few *decent* pics and then went on our way back to the hotel to meet up with our fellow classmates.
Yesterday, our class took a nice daytrip to Stratford: Shakespeare’s birth place. We saw Henry IV Part I and I must say that I really enjoyed it. I’m a fan of Shakespeare, so I like a lot of his plays but I was never a fan of the Histories. The acting and staging for this play was done so well, it made me appreciate this particular play so much more! Falstaff, the comedic relief, was perfectly characterized and Prince Henry and Poins offered us girls some man candy; they were attractive enough to nearly persuade me into buying a ticket for Part II. Unfortunately, a lot of us were tired from late nights and many of us accidentally dozed off for a few minutes here and there.
|Intermission was really rough.|
Following the play, we experienced high tea at the cutest little tea house, complete with dainty finger sandwiches and miniature desserts. It was such fun and I loved the group I sat with so much! We laughed the whole time!
The train ride back was something else. A large group of * very drunk* guys sat just a row behind us and started playing a stripping game! They sang and chanted loudly and all of us were so confused as to what was going on. Quickly, they were all shirtless and a few of them without “trousers.” They sang popular songs and changed to words to something that encouraged stripping. It was beyond entertaining. One of them threw his shirt at me (it landed on my face) when he took it off and proceeded to blow me a kiss! We think one of them stripped down completely after they chanted profusely about his “stripey pants.” YIKES.
Finally, I’m all caught up on my posting! Today was pretty low-key; thank God for weekends. I slept in a little bit and then took on Piccadilly Circus with some of my friends. We went into cute shops and watched street performers and just enjoyed walking around the whole day. To finish, we went to the King’s Cross Station where we took pictures with a trolley at Platform 9 3/4!
I bought a few things: a bracelet on sale and shoes made with a 3D printer! More on this later 😉
As far as the best picture I’ve ever taken in my life…