aka The Arrival of Monica!
Schools out! This last week was pretty crazy what with presentations, recitations, papers, and finals, but we're done! It was pretty sad saying goodbye to our teachers though. We all felt a lot closer with them than we normally with our professors during the school year. I'll probably never see Makey again, which is very sad, but I'm sure I will see Catherine and Josh in the next couple of years!
With the end of classes came another great event: Monica arrived! Emily and I went to Heathrow to pick her up after classes ended on Wednesday. Her flight went well and she even arrived a half hour early. Wednesday we still had one school play to finish, but that worked out well since Monica was then able to catch up on sleep at her hostel (which is literally across the street from us and very nice).
I am very proud of what we accomplished today! We were able to show Monica SO much of London! We got up at 9 and got coffee, then went over to Leicester Square to get tickets for a play tonight. We ended up with Phantom Of The Opera! We were looking forward to it all day, but before we did that we did SO much more. We walked around Piccadilly, then Trafalgar Square. In Trafalgar we took pictures with the giant lions. That was much more of an ordeal than we thought it would be. Those things are HUGE. It was hard enough to climb up onto the platforms they're on, but forget getting on them. I was the only one who attempted. This, I'm sure, is due to how stupid I looked trying to get on the lion. Lesson learned. No more climbing giant bronze jungle cats.
Next we headed over to Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. We took lots of pictures, but didn't go in anywhere so that didn't take up a ton of time. After that we got on the tube and headed over to Abbey Studios! We each took turns crossing the the road, and I left my mark on the wall.
After Abbey Road it was snack time so we walked to St. Johns High Street. There we found the most amazing bread shop I've ever seen in my life. So many different breads and pastries, and oh so cheap. Love.
The next stop on our Tour de London was Kings Cross Station to play Harry Potter. Unfortunately, my pictures all turned out blurry so I can't post one of me pushing my trolley through Platform 9 3/4, but I'll steal them from one of the other girls soon. Next we stopped at the British Museum. We had gone before (prior to Monica's arrival), but we only got to see a couple rooms so we wanted to go again. The museum is huge, and beautiful, but we were in there for about an hour before we decided we were worn out and needed a break (and food).
We headed back to Leicester Square and got lunch at a pub. Fish and chips and a pitcher of Pimms! Yes, we finally got Pimms! For those of you who don't know about Pimms, its THE drink to get (besides beer) at pubs here. Pimms is a citrusy, spicy gin. Its mixed with sparkling lemonade and fruit. Not bad at all!
After food we wandered around for a while then headed over to see Phantom! This is my second time seeing it (I saw it at the Pantages with mom), and it was great here too! The only issue was the audience. We could not believe how bad they were! Constantly talking, coming in late, moving around in their seats. One lady even showed up drunk and late. She sat in the aisle and was told by the usher to move twice before he finally just put her in a seat. Our theatre teacher may have turned us into theatre snobs. Maybe.
Now we finally home, and exhausted. Time for sleep!