I think I may have to write every day in order to accurately remember what I've been doing... these past couple of days are blending together. I can't believe Saturday night is already here. One more day then school starts!
Lets see... what happened after I last wrote? We spent a good long while wandering through Kensington Gardens. It is HUGE! And beautiful! The parks here are a lot less structured than the parks at home. Much more natural. While there are several flower beds, some of the park is actually kept wild to maintain the country feeling that was originally there. We originally set out to find the Peter Pan statue that J.M. Barrie mysteriously placed there for his readers, but the park is so big and full of things to see that we never found it. Instead we found lakes, fountains, statues, monuments, gardens, and so much more. We didn't even get through half of the park!
After Kensington Gardens we wandered around High Street Kensington and got Emily some clothes to wear. (P.S. She got her luggage today!) Then we hopped on the tube with no exact destination in mind. We were adventuring. We decided to get off at Baker Street and find Sherlock Holmes's place. We found it, but not much else around. We walked around for a while then it started to rain so we got on a bus back towards the tube station to find somewhere to eat. We ended up in a fairly nice (and expensive... woops) pub. We knew it was nice because there were no TVs to watch the game on. We all got fish and chips and I got my first British beer. Despite the price, it was a nice atmosphere for a quiet dinner. Finally we headed home to lounge about and, of course, sleep.
Today was also pretty eventful! We kicked off our morning with a couch tour of London. The tour guide pointed out tons of places (many of them free!) to check out. We took a break mid-tour at St. Paul's Cathedral for coffee then got back on for the last leg of our tour. After that tour ended we headed back to the flat for lunch then prepared for ANOTHER tour. This next tour was a walking tour of Kensington. Our tour guide, Britt, had great information and hilarious anecdotes to share. Apparently we live right around the corner from where Virginia Woolf grew up and where the founder of Boy Scouts, Baden Powell, lived. I am finding out more and more that not only is our area very pricey, but it is also very exclusive.
After our tour Emily, Kelsey, Nicole, Laura, two of the guys, and I walked around Kensington a bit more before heading back. Later us girls went out for dinner at Da Mario, Princess Diana's favorite pizza place. Delicious! Then we stopped at a little cafe for coffee and pastries.
Now it seems just Emily, Kelsey, and I are left in the flat as everyone else is either at a play or out in the clubs. As much as I'd love to continue exploring the nightlife here, a quiet night sounds so relaxing! Also, the pubs close at 11 and I'm not much for clubs. Besides, I'm saving money for the German Beer Halls and the Irish Pubs!