I'm a little behind...
Sunday consisted of Emily and I walking. A lot. We started off the day climbing The Monument. 311 steps. At the top we looked out over London.
After that I made an attempt to play one of the free pianos hanging out around London as part of the City of London Festival. A lot of the keys were mute. Also, I had terrible stage fright. Because I'm sure the five people hanging out around me really cared what and how I played.
Next we tried to find Spitalfields Market. Too bad the tube line we needed was down and we could not figure out the buses to save our lives. We ended up in Hackney, which felt like a completely different part of England. Not a Starbucks in sight. By then we were so tired and frustrated we just decided to go home and hang out before going out for our 4th of July dinner. For dinner Emily, Maris, and I went to an American diner in Soho. I had been craving a milkshake for days. The onion rings were equally delicious.
On our way back home we found some fireworks. Or rather, we saw some obscured fireworks and attempted to find them, but the streets are so small and have so many turns, it was too hard to find. We watched for a little bit then headed back home.
Monday we went to the Victoria & Albert museum. The exhibits were really interesting, but the docents kept following us around. We must look like thieves. After that we had lunch at a Chinese buffet. Not bad. It was a really cool area we were in so we plan on going back and looking around some more.
Yesterday was a very, very long day. We were running around from 9 in the morning till 10:30 at night. Despite us all being so tired, it was worth it. We went to Banqueting House, which was neat, but nothing too thrilling. Then to the National Portrait Gallery. Also neat, but I was a bit too tired to appreciate it at that point. Later in the evening we saw the play "War Horse." It is the story of a horse and a boy. The boy cares for this horse and is is best friend until his father sells the horse to the army. The boy then runs off to war (WWI) to find his horse. The story was not the best part (though everyone was sobbing). The real draw to this play was the amazing puppetry. All of the animals in the play are full scale puppets with incredible detail that makes them appear life like. Amazing.
Tonight we are going to see the play "Enron." Should be interesting.... Then tomorrow we get to SLEEP IN! Our two morning classes are canceled. So, we just have Humanities and one play tomorrow then the weekend!