Bit of an updating delay...
I didn't even realize it'd been this long since I updated! Last week was packed, though we did get a couple of days to sleep in so that was nice!
As for plays this week: On Monday we saw La Bete. It was very funny! Mark Rylance's Valere was incredible. He had a thirty minute monologue and we were laughing the entire time! And for those of you who are Frasier fans (Mom) Elomier was played by David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane). On Wednesday we saw As You Like It directed by Sam Mendes. It was a little slow and forced for the first half. During the second half there was a power outage though and it seemed to loosen the actors up. The rest of the show was very nice. Three hours is a bit long though. Last night we saw a 45 minute production based on the Bosnia genocide. Needless to say, it was scary and depressing. It was an up close and personal play and most of the actors were on stilts, which completely freak me out, and cracking whips, and playing with fire that I was positive was going to set someone ablaze. It was nerve wracking.
We had a couple of field trips this week too. On Tuesday Makey took us to Brick Lane for amazing Indian food. Brick Lane is an area with a lot of immigrants and it is known for the food. It's also where the Jack the Ripper murders happened. It's much more poverty stricken than most of London. It was a neat experience to see how another group of people live here. Very different than Kensington. Dinner was great. There were fried something appetizers, then chicken and lamb kabobs, then four different curries and NAAN! Naan is so, so good. When we were leaving we accidentally walked into these old guys' photo. Turns out they had known each other for 45 years and were having a reunion. One guy excitedly announced he was from Iceland, so we assumed they all were. Then they insisted that we be in their photo. And then I insisted that they be in ours. It was hilarious.
Wednesday before the play, Josh and Catherine took us on a walk around Southwark. We walked through Bourough Market and got delicious food. Then we made our way past the prostitute graveyard, the church that Shakespeare went to and where his brother is buried, past the Rose Theatre and the site of the old Globe, past Clink Street, then to the Tate Modern. That museum just reaffirmed that modern art is not exactly one of my favorite things. Granted, there were a few things I liked (some weird big pieces, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol), but the rest was just too far out there.
Yesterday we had class then Makey took us on a trip to the National War Museum. One of the guides gave us a talk on World War One then we got to play around with some of the weapons and uniforms.
Today we got on our bus at 8 for our day trip to Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Oxford is ridiculously impressive. We all agreed we'd go there just for the dorms. I was really excited to see a lot of stuff that they think may have inspired Lewis Carrol while writing Alice In Wonderland, including the tree where the Cheshire Cat sat. We also saw some of the places Harry Potter was filmed and we walked up the Grand Staircase from the first film. We had lunch in Oxford then made our way to Stratford. There we toured Anne Hathaway's Cottage (wife of Shakespeare), saw his birthplace, his monument, and wandered around the little town. A very cute town, indeed.
This week has been a drizzly one! No big rainstorms, but its been pretty grey and we get drizzled on every once in a while. Of course every time it drizzles I have to fight with the umbrella to stay up, then as soon as it does, it stops drizzling. It was rainy today, but I decided I was just going to forgo the umbrella since it hates me. But then my jacket was pretty much soaked through so I decided I needed the umbrella. But of course, as soon as I get it up, the rain stops, the sun comes out, the birds chirp, so on and so forth.
I anticipate (and the forecast tells me) it will be a little dreary for a bit longer. I think I will practice opening up that umbrella.