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I See London, I See Frands

June 30, 2011

Yesterday after class, Claire, Em, and I decided to explore London’s South Bank. Our goal was to hit 4 spots off our list of places to

No death eaters for this muggle.

go/things to do. This spontaneous adventure ended up as a 5 hour long walk. We walked down Lambeth Road past the London Eye and enjoyed the river walk along the Thames. We saw street performers (including an African acrobat group, human statues, and caricature artists), wandered through side streets full of little shops and restaurants, and enjoyed the view across the river.  We strolled along until we came to the Tate Modern and crossed the Thames on the Millennium Bridge— yes, that’s the bridge that the death eaters destroy at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. However, unluckily for this HP fan, there were no death eaters in sight. In fact, the weather was absolutely PERFECT and free of any sign of the Dark Lord. Crossing the bridge, we came upon St. Paul’s Cathedral and happened upon an infamous red telephone booth. Rapid picture taking ensued and when we were finally satisfied with our shots, we kept journeying along the North Bank in order to get to The London Tower Bridge. On our way there, we found a street piano that anyone could play on on a pier. That’s definitely not a sight you’d see in Manhattan, KS. We finally got to the bridge

i have no words.

and quickly crossed it as by this time our feet felt as though they were about to blister off. Unable to keep walking, we decided to take our first bus ride! Excited yet slightly nervous, we boarded the bus (not a double decker, but still cool!) and found ourselves back at our residence hall. After a quick homemade dinner of mustard and ham on wheat bread for Claire and Em and pasta and vegetables for myself, I went on my FIRST LONDON RUN (!!) with Baiely A. I don’t think I’ve ever run that fast continously for over 3 miles before, but since it was already dark and we were running down deserted, unfamiliar streets, adrenaline kicked in. Unfortunately, we got lost and had to ask a patron at a nearby pub how to get home. An old, Irish, and most likely drunk woman gave us directions and yelled encouragements like “Just keep going!” as we ran away. As we rounded the corner and saw our dorms, we breathed a sigh of relief, but I’m now determined never to be lost at night in London again.

Our New British Boyfriend

Today, I went on a field trip with my Shakespeare class– yes, i’m actually learning here!!– and we went to the Globe Theatre to watch a production of Marlowe’s Dr. Faustuss. It was the most awkward, random play i’ve ever seen. There were half naked people, a super strange musical number with dancing, scary red demon dolls, and even a horrendously violent scene involving the grotesque removal of someone’s tongue. Afterwards, I went to dinner with the study abroad girls at this restaurant called “Giraffe” which serves world cuisine. My meal consisted of a fabulous salad with roasted potato, beets, edamame, sprouts, spinach, carrots, broccoli, and chick peas in a light, orange dressing. After din din, we all walked across the Thames River on the Westminster Bridge to meet up with our study abroad advisors, Karen and Rachel. They took us to a musical called “Dreamboats and Petticoats“. It is now probably my FAVORITE musical. hands down. We even ended up joining in dancing with the cast in their ending number. The audience went wild!! And to those familiar with K-State, Claire, Em, and I did the Wabash Cannonball. After the show, we mosied around to the back stage door in order to meet the lead– and super cute– actor who we just referred to as “Bobby”, his character’s name. We ended up getting a picture with him! He’s my new British Boy Crush. When we were content with our pictures with him, we walked back to The Horse, the pub we went to on our first night in Lambeth, and ordered two pitchers of Pimm’s. It was a great end to a great day!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Kim Jensen permalink
    June 30, 2011 10:14 pm

    Joyce–Hi! Thanks for writing on the blog today!! I love how you write with such descriptive flair (sp?). Sounds like you all are having a fabulous time!!!
    Mum K 🙂

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