Session B week 1…
Posted June 13, 2009on:
So I am very behind again, but I have been very busy, so my exhaustion is well worth it. Wednesday turned out to be a very interesting day because of the tube strike. Class met by Trafalgar Square in the morning, which is only about 20 – 30 minutes from where I live; in reality though, it took us almost 1.5 hours, and two different buses to get there. We got onto one bus to start after waiting a little for it, and about half way there, the bus driver pulled over to the side of the road and kicked everyone off, saying that his shift was over, and we all had to find another bus to get where ever we were going. We waited almost 20 minutes after that for another bus, but it was so packed that only half of the group that I was with made it on and the other half was kicked off. They finally got a bus about 5 minutes later. Finally we were able to meet our teacher, and took a pretty interesting walk around the area, and over to by Parliament. He told us a lot about the “second London”, or the royal London, which is separate from the financial, city London. After a lot of walking, and learning a lot of interesting information about London and its history, class was dismissed. Instead of trying to do some of the stuff we had planned though, we headed right back to the dorms so as not to get stuck on the buses again. It wouldn’t have mattered as much, except for the fact that we had tickets to see Wicked for the night, and everyone was nervous about getting there on time. After getting back and having a very quick dinner, we headed off to catch the bus to Wicked, 2 hours early just in case. It was a good thing we did leave that early, because after waiting about 45 minutes, and about 7 full buses later, we ended up having to walk all the way to the theater, well speed walk actually. It was a good hour away walking distance, but we did it. We arrived at the theater with about 20 minutes to spare, very worn out, but very excited. The show of course was amazing, again. It was definitely funny to hear the British accents, and it took a few minutes to get used to, but it was very worth it. After the show was over, we headed over to the tube station, to try out our chances. One line was actually working a little bit, so about 20 minutes later a tube finally showed up, and we took a 10 minute ride back to the dorms. Exhausted from a long day, I collapsed for the night.
Thursday class was in the classroom, thank goodness. He talked a little and we watched a movie on the fires of London. It was kind of cool, and we got out early which was even better. Around 1, I went with the program and braved the tubes, trying to get over to Wimbledon. It was a pretty long tube ride, and about a 20 minute walk, but it was a pretty crazy place once we got there. I’ve never seen so many tennis courts before! They were all grass also, which was pretty crazy, all very well kept, and in preparation for the Wimbledon tournament coming up in two weeks. We got a two hour tour around the whole place, seeing the courts 2-19, court #1 and the center court. We even got to check out the museum there as well once the tour was over. I’m hopefully going back when the matches start to watch from up close some of the very famous tennis players in action! I can’t wait! Then we came back for dinner and decided after walking around for a while just to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather for the night. It was definitely very relaxing, and helped to get my feet to stop yelling at me in pain.
Friday everyone had left already for the weekend, either to just go exploring, or to go on the session B Paris trip. My class was very empty, but it was pretty short which was nice. Gina and I decided to head over to see some of the museums for the day, the two Tate museums in particular. The tubes are finally working again so travel was definitely a lot easier than it has been the past week. We started off at the Tate Modern, which is basically all modern art (as you have probably already guessed from its name). It was definitely very weird, and we didn’t stay for that long. Modern art is not for me apparently, too abstract. After the first Tate museum, we decided that instead of taking the tube to the other one, we would take the “Tate boat”. It was about 20 minutes long, and took us down the River Thames. I haven’t been on a boat here yet, only walked over the river by bridge so this was definitely very cool. It took us right over to the Tate Britain, which was thankfully a little more normal than the Tate Modern. There were a lot of portraits, landscapes, and a few abstract paintings. It was a pretty interesting museum, and we stayed pretty much until closing. I was so motivated I even bought a sketchbook for myself. Probably won’t have much time to use it here in London, but once I get home it’ll be cool to have a sketchbook from another country. We headed back to Atlantic House for dinner, and a movie night. Nothing too fancy at night, because Saturday morning is another early day getting ready for Windsor Castle.