One week of school down. Five to go. Also, dad has made a request for more photos. I will try to make this happen, but uploading on here is kind of slow. Especially with the spotty internet in my flat.
My classes are all very interesting (even though Makey, who I've decided looks like a cross between Paul McCartney and Spock, has a voice that lulls me to sleep), but I am so happy it is the weekend. I just have a play to go to tonight, but I don't really consider that school at all. I LOVE my theatre class! I already have a lot of work to get done for all of my classes though so I'll be up late tonight doing that after we go see 39 Steps. Then more exploring!
I have a few days of updates to get through. Let's see...
Tuesday was our first field trip and our first play so that meant a LONG day. I left my flat at 8:30AM and got home around 11:15PM. I was tired, but the day was so fun!
After class finished Makey took us to the Inns of Court and we learned a little about barristers and the differences between them and American lawyers.
Inns of Court
Next we went around the corner to see the Temple Church. It was built in the 12th century for the Knights Templar. It was really neat to hear all the stories and little known facts Makey had to tell us. He is brilliant.
Then we headed to the Museum of London to check out the exhibit on Roman London which is what we are currently studying. The museum had much more than that though. There were amazing exhibits for every time period up until now.
I must find this hat... Think it will fit in my suitcase?
After that we waited outside the museum for Josh to pick us up to take us to the play. While waiting we found an American kid playing on one of the pianos from the City of London Festival. The idea is so neat! In addition to a bunch of other street performing stuff, they've placed 32 pianos around the city for anyone to just sit down and play. So far I've seen two. This first kid we saw was amazing. We all sang along as he played Beatles, Journey, and some show tunes. Then one of our own music majors sat down to play a bit too.
One of the 32 pianos
So then Josh showed up and took us to one of the oldest pubs in London, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, of which Mark Twain and Charles Dickens among others were regulars. I found three bars in the place as well as several dining rooms, but there may have been more. It was like a maze! And for very short people. Even I had to bend down to get through doorways and up stairs. I ordered my fish and chips and drink in the downstairs bar which used to be part of a Carmelite Monastery. The whole place was exactly what I'd expect of an old English pub--small and slightly gloomy, but homey at the same time.
Walkig down the street...
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
After we'd all had our food and drink we made our way across the Millennium Bridge to the Globe Theatre to see Macbeth. Being inside the Globe was great since it was rebuilt to mirror the original. It is the only wooden building allowed in London and is made of exactly what they would have used way back when. The play itself was brilliant. Very gruesome and very raunchy as can be expected of Shakespeare. Since we'd been walking around all day many of us opted to sit up in the seats, but half of us chose to be groundlings. I really wanted to since they got to be part of the "lowest level of hell" as described by Dante. Most of the groundlings stood with their heads poking out of a huge black tarp. They stood the entire play and were subject to buckets of water, bloody moaning bodies, and witches who apparently now owe Josh dinner... I'm glad I did sit though because by the end of the night everyone who was standing felt about ready to die.
Yesterday was a little slower, but we did have another play to go to. We met Josh and took the tube to Temple where we walked to some abandoned tunnels the play was being held in. On the way we saw some great graffiti. The walk into the tunnels creeped us all out quite a bit. It was dark and damp with a weird type of walk through set composed of bloody animal hides, strange dismantled trees, and other completely random things. This walk led us too the bunker bar where we hung out for a bit waiting for the show to start. The play was set up right in the cross of the tunnels. We had water dripping on us from the stone walls, it was freezing, and we could hear the trains passing over us. It was all very spooky, but great. The play was set in the future during some sort of world war in which the characters are security in charge of killing illegals and just trying to stay alive. Despite having a couple of flaws, it was actually pretty good, but we did all leave feeling completely depressed. So, to help liven things up, Josh took us on a walk past the Eye, Parliament, and Big Ben so we could see how everything looks lit up at night. SO PRETTY. Unfortunately, my camera died so I didn't get as much as I'd have liked.
Bunker Bar at Ditch
All in all a VERY eventful first week of classes. Everyone is exhausted. All I wanted to do when I got back was to take a nap, but I had to make my bed since they did the laundry today. I can safely say I know hate bunk beds with a passion. I don't know how they made my bed the first time (I suspect elves), but there was no way to do it nicely. I have rails around my bed (I'm on the top) so I don't roll off and die, and they get in the way of tucking in the sheets. My hands couldn't even fit between them. I was very frustrated and my bed looks ridiculous, but now I intend to take a nap before we go cook dinner.
P.S. I finally just heard the traditional wee-woo-wee-woo siren I've been waiting to hear. I am happy.