Alright, well hopefully this blog will be a bit more interesting than the last. At very least I've seen more so I think life in London is a lot more interesting than life on a plane but maybe you don't think so. And if you don't think so, it may be time to consider a career in aviation. Or for me to work on my writing skills which is a definite possibility.
Anyway, massive thing I have discovered is that for the most part I love the tube. Seriously there's no driving; once you get the hang of the tube map, very little thinking; and, also once you get the hang of the tube map, if you can find a station, you can eventually get back to someplace familiar enough to get back. The only thing I don't like is when it gets crowded, which it was on the Victoria line today because the Victoria line is connected Victoria station where there are trains to one of the airports and the national rail service.
But the tube can get you about anywhere pretty fast. One of the best things so far has been to discover that the cheap grocery store and a market are right outside one of the tube stations. Yesterday was the first time we went to the market, which was a bunch of booths selling clothes, fruit, meat, and even one had bedding all along this one street. It smelled kind of funny but I got some pretty good tomatoes and plums. There was a lot of noise around it and a lot of different sorts of people. It was one of those places I wish I could hover above and become invisible so I could stay and people watch for ages.
We've also been, as a group, on a couple of walking tours. The first started near the Tower of London, which I thought was pretty cool to see as I've spent way to much time reading the books in the Other Boleyn Girl series (I know, I know). But it so strange to see the actual place. It's huge and has a whole lot of towers in actuality. Apparently their even used to be a zoo in there (okay, I think it was three or four large animals but still). We then moved on and looked at the river where there were three bridges we could see, Tower, London, and Millennium. Millennium is only a walking bridge and yes it is the one torn apart in the Half Blood Prince movie, don't think I've abandon my geekiness. I've also been looking for a cafe on Tottenham Court Road. I had an excuse for being there though; the British History Museum is near there (with an Egyptian display with mummies I might add). So far, I've been their twice and still have only covered maybe half the building. It's huge. Though surprisingly enough, not very much of it is actually British history.
We also got to see Wicked on Thursday. To my friends who have seen Wicked before my comment is now "yeah well I've seen it too and Fiyero and Boc had accents so ha ha". Well the rest of the cast had accents too but Fiyero and Boc were my favorite. Okay, I'll stop being a snob. Or at least I'll try. But I saw Wicked, finally!
Classes haven't started yet; I found out non-Central ones don't start till next week which is a little annoying. I surprisingly enough want to study. I guess next week, I'll have to sight-see a little more or something. I have Central classes on Thursday and we have a day trip to Cambridge on Friday.
Anyway, hope I haven't bored you too much. If you've read this far, I'm afraid you don't win a prize. We were told if you felt a sway while on the Millenium bridge you won a prize but I tend to doubt that (especially since this was the same tour guide who pointed out the dedication to St. Arbucks in London. Very amusing tour guide).