Friday, October 3, 2008
the Globe and a long week of classes
Yesterday was amazing! Me and some other girls went to see The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Globe! It was so great. A very funny play but somehow, everything made me think of Romeo & Juliet and the theater people back home. We just kept looking at each other saying, "Oh my word! We're at the Globe!" Another plus was that we met a famous person! Not only that, but she invited us to sit with her while she ate! We ran into (not literally, of course) Miriam Margolyes who played Professor Sprout in the second Harry Potter movie. That was terribly exciting and I shall have to add that picture at a later date. These next two pictures are inside the Globe. The first picture is from where I stood (yes, I was a groundling!!) for the show. To demonstrate how close I was, let me tell this story. I was close to a U-shaped walkway that connected the stage on either end, and at one point, one of the actors walked past me and his cloak hit my head. Yep. I was obviously too close! But it was so worth it!
This next picture is taken from the bridge we crossed to get to the Globe on one side, and St. Paul's on the other. To get basically anywhere in this city you have three options: the Tube, the bus, or your own two feet. Since my feet don't cost me a thing, I've been using them a bit more than when I was home! It's really worth it though because there are so many great things to see in this city. I have been accused of walking too fast by my friends, though. (Mom & Dad, I blame this on our family walks!) They keep telling me to slow down and take in the sights. Usually when I do that, I run into people. Oops.
This picture is of me on the steps of St. Paul's. You can't tell, but I was singing the "Feed the Birds" song from Marry Poppins. They really weren't kidding- there are birds every where here! It is really crazy and Sonya would absolutely hate it! They are like sea gulls at the beach who aren't afraid of people any more. Pretty much every day I walk down to the Tube, a few different birds walk with me!
The first week of classes went well. The only class that might give me trouble is my philosophy class. The professor that said I could handle this class back home will be getting TONS of emails from me, I'm quite sure. Today I don't have classes so it's homework day. It is also going to be shopping day, because I'm almost out of bread. But this time when I go, I will stick to the list!
Well, I'm off to finish getting ready for the shopping trip and maybe, if this wind dies down, I'll take Sense and Sensibility and head down to Regent's Canal and do some reading. Oh, and I should probably tell the front desk that the main light bulb in my room just blew. Great.