Hot. Really, really hot. Back to you with the sports, Ted!
This is the second entry I've had to rewrite due to the terrible internet connection here. My door is literally right next to the router and I can't get any connection. If I'm lucky I get a signal from two floors above. Ridiculous. Anyways, lets see if I can remember all of what I wrote...
Wednesday night we saw Enron. A bunch of people in our group found it offensive and argued that it put America in a bad light. Don't think so. Just Enron. People are too sensitive. Everyone seemed to like the play we saw Thursday, though. We saw the musical biography(ish) of Edgar Allen Poe called Nevermore. Very Tim Burton-esque with amazing costumes to boot! I still find some of the songs running through my head.
On Friday Emily, Kelsey, and I took a train to Windsor and Eton. So beautiful. I want to live there. We toured Windsor Castle and I finally got my picture with a guard. Poor guy. He had to maintain composure in that big furry hat on the hottest day so far in London. I also got a video of him doing his little walk around thing, which is slightly boring, but watching the tourist try to get a picture with him makes the video great.
After Windsor we made our way towards Eton and stopped at an amazing Thai place called Thai Place. Then we kept wandering and accidentally found ourselves in a fudge shop. Woops. We didn't mean to buy that slab of mint chocolate chip fudge. So we ate our fudge and continued towards Eton.
When we actually got to Eton we quickly found out that it would cost us money we don't have to tour the campus. So we made our way around the church and may or may not have sneaked in with the help of a friendly gardener. It was probably public area, but we did pass a concealed entrance sign, so we felt special. The gardener showed us some gardens and where they play the ball game. We assumed he meant cricket, but we don't actually know. Then we laid by the river for a while and took it all in.
Then we decided we were going to melt in the heat so we trudged back to the train station, got on the train, and then the nasty tube, and tried to find the fountains at Somerset House. When we finally did find the fountains we found out they are closed for a month. Of course. So we gave up and went home.
Yesterday we roamed around Oxford Street and braved Primark again as well as a couple other shops. Then we went to my new favorite market ever, Portobello Road. Its awesome. Tons of antiques, vintage clothes, and delicious food! If I had money I would have been in trouble.
Today was a nice lazy day. We slept in then went down the street to get some fruit, baguettes, and cookies, then set up camp at the park. We spread out, ate food, listened to a jazz quartet playing in the gazebo nearby, and read As You Like It out loud. Somehow I ended up with the roles of both Rosalind and Orlando (plus some), so I had several long conversations with myself. I'm sure others in the park loved my performance.
Now a bunch of us are sitting in the common room watching the last fifteen minutes of the World Cup. We can hear our neighbors, the Netherlands Embassy, at their party. We're all rooting for them.
(They lost. But they're still singing away....)