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S: Emily Goes to England

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FC: Emily Goes to England | Summer 2011

1: Day #0- The One with the Packing Hey Everyone. So I started this blog mainly to keep everyone (my family) update at home without having to be harrassed about 100 times a day about what I did. And lord knows my family will. Good thing ill have an entire ocean between us by the time they read that comment. I got the idea from my friend Sarah who just returned from Spain/London today and told me she did the same, which saved her having to repeat her trip details to each person. I dont know how well ill do keeping it updated-maybe this will end up being my only post but I figured I might as well try. Today I spent the day in Cary at my parents house- rearranging what I had already packed. (as I type my parents are weighing my suitcase on the bathroom scale- its apparently 40 lbs) My mom the travel guru has ironed all my clothes- i mean ALL my clothes so it "fits better". Theres no telling what the weathers going to be like in london, so this naturally meant that I had to take all my clothes. Then my mom made me take about half out. I have an assignment to come back with Frye's (?) chocolates from my dad, he says he would like about 6 bars of them, I will probably forget so remind me Dad. Lindsay wants postcards, also 6 but must be from 3 different locations, but no doubles. Also will probably forget and end up buying in Gatwick on the flight home. What I am most going to miss about home? My blackberry. Vegetables. Having Money. My mom just asked me what I was looking forward to the most. Of course I said I dont know. But I'm excited about being able to see Cambridge which is kinda around the area my Nanna is from. I think she's more excited about me going then I am. She called to wish me a good trip to "jolly ol London" yesterday along with a list of about 150 things to do. Hi Nanna. I know she's going to read this. Well I think thats enough. I'm leaving for Charlotte tomorrow for my flight at 6:00 pm, i'll arrive at Gatwick at about 1:00 pm american time- about 7:00 am London time (GMT, mom says to say) and then an almost 2 hr bus ride to Bloomsbury Boone, Cary, Charlotte, London. Time for my money tutorial, Emily p.s. Tech credit to my little sister Lindsay who set up the blog and background and all this fancy junk Posted by Emily at 2:51 AM

4: Tuesday, June 28, 2011Day #1 & #2 The One with the Flying and Not Sleeping Hey everyone! So TECHNICALLY should have three posts on this blog, but as a result of me not sleeping since the last time I posted, I have not had time to write and the last two days have just become one continuous day. I don't really know what day of the week it is actually. Surprisingly I am not being a ferocious bitch, as those who know me well know I turn into when I have not slept. Among other things. MONDAY: Went to the dentist, fixed that stupid chip in my tooth from my twenty first birthday. Looks like a million bucks. Drove to charlotte with my parents who BOTH dropped me off at the airport, but not before my mom talked to my teacher a thousand times. Yea I was that kid. Its ok though, they don't get out much so I let them have fun. Went through stupid security, bought the The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, which I have been trying to snag from Shu for a year so I just sucked it up and bought it. It is excellent. Blah Blah. Boarded the plane with the other 100 million people and we all sat in the 100 degree cabin while we waited for literally 10 other planes to taxi before us. The guy sitting next to me was really annoying and I think he was trying to trick me into believing he was in college. Yea right buddy. He talked my ear off for about 30 minutes- telling me he did not know where his extended family in London lived or who was picking him up. SKETCH. Had dinner. Yuck. Asked if the pasta was vegetarian- they said no, yet it did not have any meat in it?? SUPER SKETCH. Annoying Not College Boy then had the audacity to order a cup of coffee right before the cabin lights went off so he was up all night getting out of his seat and fiddling with those useless TVs on the back of the seats, prohibiting my sleep time. So I slept like maybe 2 hrs. TUESDAY: We arrived at Gatwick, England at 7:30 GMT (2:30 USA), which looks like a sketchy warehouse and went through customs. For some reason my ear never popped in the plane and I couldn't hear anything the customs lady said and she looked at me like I was stupid. Our group took a private bus to our residence in London which took about 2 hrs. We moved into our rooms, which are essentially dorms, but are actually pretty nice and we each have our own room and bathroom. We share a kitchen for about every 5 rooms. We walked around Bloomsbury (the district we are in,) got coffee, Blah Blah. Never thought about it but when you cross the street in London you have to look right instead of left because of the side of the road they drive on. They even have it painted on the street which way to look. Also the taxis are like old school black PT cruisers and there are a million double decker buses and red telephone booths just like the movies. Also like the movies- it rained twice on our walk, but obviously I'm a native already and had my rain jacket on. Also on this trip I replaced my blackberry with a London mobile for the time being- the phone is literally so ancient that I think it probably came out in 2003 because I think my friend Sarah had the same one in sixth grade. I HATE IT. Well then we came back, unpacked and went to a pub for dinner- got a traditional english breakfast- which consisted of toast, sausage, bacon (but not the cripsy kind), baked beans (but not the southern sweet kind), eggs, hashbrowns and grilled tomatoes. It was delicious and I would eat it everyday for every meal if I could. Also had a Fuller's London Pride beer. Weird combo, but also delicous. Then we went to Picadilly Circus to walk around. Picadilly Circus is like a really strange version of New York's Times Square in that the buildings have the old historical charm of the city but then are adorned with chinese restuarants, flashing signs and tourist shops. Its completely beautiful in the way the modern busy city meets the intricate architechture of the buildings. O yea. And for all of this travelling we took the "tube" or "underground" which is like a super agressive subway system. The doors are super powered or something and move and close wicked fast. so everyone else also moves wicked fast. Ah. Got a Guinness chilled at the pub in Picadilly and hung out and then we headed back on the steroid subway and got off at Kings Cross Station. which is not really that cool. its just a train station. the outside I guess is pretty. Then we walked home and here I am now (11:30 pm), still needing to read for class tomorrow. More to come tomorrow, Emily p.s. I will stop writing so much about stupid details that don't matter. Posted by Emily at 11:33 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook0 comments: Post a Comment

5: Day #3- The One with being a Super Tourist Hey everyone, So today I woke up at 7:00 am GMT to brush up on Oroonoko by Aphra Behn for class. Went to class at 8:30 went over the syllabus which is just a journal, a review of every play we see and two final papers. Got coffee. Then went to Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey: This needs its own section of this post even though if I typed for a million hours I could not fully explain the beauty and awe that Westminster brings. The structure is the site for all royal weddings and coronations and houses the tombs of royalty along with monuments and burials sites of other famous english citizens, e.g. lewis carrol (sp?), shakespeare, orwell- originally, but was then dug up by his outraged people. Everyone should see this place before they die. There is no photography allowed on the inside so you literally will never see it if you don't go. There are the most detailed stain glass windows that are at least 50 ft tall which is nothing compared to the cathedral ceilings which must be 100 ft or over. We were able to go Wednesday, June 29, 2011Day #3- The One with being a Super Tourist Hey everyone, So today I woke up at 7:00 am GMT to brush up on Oroonoko by Aphra Behn for class. Went to class at 8:30 went over the syllabus which is just a journal, a review of every play we see and two final papers. Got coffee. Then went to Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey: This needs its own section of this post even though if I typed for a million hours I could not fully explain the beauty and awe that Westminster brings. The structure is the site for all royal weddings and coronations and houses the tombs of royalty along with monuments and burials sites of other famous english citizens, e.g. lewis carrol (sp?), shakespeare, orwell- originally, but was then dug up by his outraged people. Everyone should see this place before they die. There is no photography allowed on the inside so you literally will never see it if you don't go. There are the most detailed stain glass windows that are at least 50 ft tall which is nothing compared to the cathedral ceilings which must be 100 ft or over. We were able to go into the tomb of edward the confessor, who was the original king who built the abbey before it was replaced by one of the kings later. (he was the only king to ever become a saint) I don't know why that we were allowed to go in but our teacher told us that even he had not been inside before. We had a service in the tomb. You don't have to be religious to appreciate the awesomeness- for lack of a better word- of praying in a 800 year old temple, with the most intricate and outstanding gothic architecture to EVER be preserved, surrounded by the tombs of some of the most famous rulers in history. Good moment. We went to see the gardens it was pretty. yea yea. After the abbey we just walked around the area. And by just walk around the area I mean we saw Buckingham palace (and the beefeaters) which the queen was at today, houses of parliament, toured around hyde park- which may be the greenest park EVER because of the ridic amout of rain here, saw that arch thingy- in which i saw the famous peter pan statue, went to kensington palace and had tea on the grounds. For tea I had finger sandwiches (cucumber & "soft cheese"- cream cheese duh, smoked salmon and some cream cheese thing, plain cheese- yuck!, and ham & mustard?- idk i just ate it, i stopped asking questions at meals ) they also have the biggest biscuits that are so dense but so delicious- maybe a crumpet?, also had an orange tart and mini raspberry chocolate cake. I had also had orange tea from my ownnn teapot that I had to strain and everything with a sugar cube. Also had a "jug" of pimms which is like really good schnapps that we had mixed with lemonade with strawberries, cucumbers, apples, oranges, lemons and mint leaves in it. Kinda like a british sangria. Mind you throughout this whole day I took pictures like the biggest tourist EVER to grace London because I never take pictures when I go places and I know I will regret not doing this. Ill post them soon. Getting better at doing money and jumping like a mad person off the tube. Now must read a ton of plays. till tomorrow Emily Posted by Emily at 6:35 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook0 comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) into the tomb of edward the confessor, who was the original king who built the abbey before it was replaced by one of the kings later. (he was the only king to ever become a saint) I don't know why that we were allowed to go in but our teacher told us that even he had not been inside before. We had a service in the tomb. You don't have to be religious to appreciate the awesomeness- for lack of a better word- of praying in a 800 year old temple, with the most intricate and outstanding gothic architecture to EVER be preserved, surrounded by the tombs of some of the most famous rulers in history. Good moment. We went to see the gardens it was pretty. yea yea.

8: Friday, July 1, 2011Day #4/#5- The One with the Old Stuff Hey Everyone, So I was going to wake up and blog about yesterday this morning but my piece of crap phone alarm did not go off so I'm going to do both today Thursday: Went the the british library- wicked cool. The special exhibit was on science fiction which wasnt really my thing but o well. Saw the magna carta, that special german bible, some papers where john lennon and paul mccartney wrote original lyrics on, first edition shakespeare books, robert hooks diary, jane austens writing desk. etc. Went to a pub for lunch- had a strongbow cider and a ploughmans lunch which is a traditional workingmans lunch- bread, cheese, branston pickle, cabbage, rocket (arugala salad), pickled onions and an apple. Then had a break so I went to the london eye which is like the world's biggest and slowest moving ferris wheel and you can see all of London. You stand up in a pod like thing with a thousand kids running around and smelly people. but awesome views. ran up the worlds biggest escalator because we thought it would be faster- but was literally like 100 stairs and straight up elevations so it was actually like the world's worst stairmaster. that will work off all the pub food. After went back and went to THE GLOBE!!! for a performance of alls well that ends well by who else? shakespeare. yay. actually it was pretty amazing. Had a sangria and sat and watched a play in one of the greatest theaters of all time. And were going back like 5 times. Had to go home and write a paper about the play that was due by 10 am so got to sleep late. Super tired all the time in London but its ok.

9: Friday- Went to the British Museum this morning. Which is the coolest museum in probably the entire world minus the smithsonllian and the louvre. They have almost all the frescos from the parthenon, the warren cup, the rosetta stone, the swamp person, sarcophaguses. There are about 100 rooms and I am going to do all them. Went to lunch at this super duper authentic greek place. They didnt even have gyros it was so authentic. Delish. Went to back to museum. Looked at more. Still not done. Decided not to go to Madame Toussards. One its apparently super not cool to do and wicked expensive and no one wants to go. Had class this afternoon and grabbed a sandwich, went back to my room to work on 100 assignments but instead am planning my trips for my free day tomorrow- vintage shopping, abbey road? portobello? idk wrote down the tube stops for all of them so well see. O and now I'm just posting pics at the end of the week because its just too much effort to do Byeses, Emily

11: Saturday, July 2, 2011Day #6- The One with No Schedule Hey Everyone, So today we had a free day from class and schedules so we started off the day walking around Bloomsbury at about 11:15- you think this would mean I would sleep in however the construction woke me up at about 7:00 so I ended up getting up to do school work We went in the crypt gallery- which is underneath St. Pancras church near us. Kinda creepy. Also went to the welcome museum which was AWESOME. Had a special exhibit on dirt so was about the history of cleaning and sickness kinda. Was cool because I had to write a like 15 page paper about the cholera epidemic in London in the 15th century so I got to see a lot of the artifacts that related. Also upstairs was a history of medicine exhibit which had a nutrition section yay!!!!!!!!!!! Had a bit of a geek out. Got some pashmina scarves for like a pound fifty from a street vendor and a thousand postcards for my sister. Then we had lunch and went to Abbey road- was like a kid in the candy store. We had to keep running across the street as the traffic came to get the picture. Then we went back on the tube to baker street to see 221b flat which sherlock holmes' fictional address. They had a cute museum we wandered through. Then we got a street waffle (yes!) covered in chocolate sauce- yum. heaven. Then we went to harrods and looked at all the expensive stuff then went to the gift shop. Got the best present for my mom but can't tell you what because then it wont be a surprise. Got a change purse (necessary with stupid pounds) and a big ben keychain. Went to Zarra after which is like forever 21 but a little pricey-er got a purse bc ive been carrying my tote which is just way too heavy. Then we went back to kings cross- saw platform 9 3/4 or at least where it would be and now on my way to LONDON GAY PRIDE!!!! WOOOO. millions of people come from all over the world to see it and its only in the neighborhood next to us. Well got to finish this play before tomorrow!! Emily P.S. I'm pretty much a tube master now. Posted by Emily at 8:22 PM

14: Sunday, July 3, 2011Day #7- The One with the Getting Lost Hey everyone, Today was a weird day. We had class on the grass at russel park. Had a minor crisis about my credit card and not being able to take at cash because im a certified idiot. Then me and my friends went shopping on regeant street- zara, h&m, topshop. Got 2 dresses, a tank and a skirt for 29 pounds. yay!! Then I was meeting my other friends at the tate so i got on the tube by myself and got across town all by myself!!!! unfortunately anyone that knows me well knows I have the worst sense of direction and walked myself all over town the wrong way for an hour. Did get to walk through the gardens of st. pauls however. Got to meet my friends 45 minutes late and was too stressed out to look at the museum plus we had to meet our teacher in an hour for a play nearby and still hadn't eat. Ate an ice cream cone for anxiety coping. delish. Went to see Dr. Faustus at the globe tonight and is about devils and hell. Will have definate bad dreams tonight. That was my day and I have to get up and be ready at 7 30 tomorrow so this will be short. But dont have to turn in play review till later in week yay! but journals due tomorrow, boo! on a side note however- its only rained twice since we've been here and only for like an hr each- knock on wood. Well so exhausted, Emily P.S. a small english child told their mother they liked my bag today. british people think im cool. Posted by Emily at 10:33 PM

16: Day #8- The One With the Early Morning Hey Everyone, So today we had to be up and downstairs at 7:30 for our day. Today was a venti "brew coffee" day. We went to southwark and took a tour of the rose and globe theaters. The rose theater is John Marlowe's theater who was one of shakespears contemporarys and some think may of been a more famous playwright if he had not died at such a young age. The rose theater was found when a building was being built and they struck the foundations. It is still mostly covered in water and dark and contains a small stage which they give productions. creepy. The globe is not interesting unless you see a play there because pretty much you know everything about it from high school english class. Then I went to saint pauls and toured around. St. Pauls must be the most beautiful man made place on earth. It must be. Something inside it reaches out and holds your heart. I attended mass and had communion. St. Pauls also has a photo exhibition which now is on the untouchables in india- the dalits. It was pretty intense. Then I climbed the 576 stairs to the top of the cathedral and looked out on all of London. Wow. Now i'm back in my room doing school work for the rest of the night. Class in an hour. Talk to you soon, Emily P.S. i'm turning into a true brit- every morning i have tea and crumpets- no joke Posted by Emily at 5:35 PM

18: Tuesday, July 5, 2011Day #9- The One with the Jewels Hey Everyone, I call today another venti day- I woke up on the wrong side of the bed pretty much because I was so exhausted yesterday. Today we went to Southwark cathedral- pronounced- suth-urk. Because they can't say anything right here. This is where shakespeare and some other famous people would have gone to church. woo. Then we went to tower of London. TOURIST CITYYY. let me rephrase that RUDE TOURIST CITY. because obviously- I too, am I tourist. Saw the crown jewels, which house the biggest diamond on earth. Def upgraded my expectations for a engagement ring down the road for non existant prince charming. Like this diamond was the size of an egg. No exaggerations. Saw some rooms were some people were tourtured and imprisoned (which was the original use of the tower). Elizabeth was housed here during the reign of her sister mary, because they thought she would try to throw her catholic sister off the throne. and blahddy blah. Over all was a cool structure- the guards are super friendly and knowledgable- had more fun chatting with one for like 45 min about stuff and our lives. Overall overated. except for the crown jewels. that was neat. except these mid-thirties french couple kept trying to cut me in line and it was just really annoying and immature. Grow up please and be patient and wait your turn. If americans can do it, i promise, you can too. Well its finally a rainy london day, thankful it started after we got back to the rooms. Going to do a load of school work. See ya, Emily P.S. O GOD DEAREST- JUST READ AN EMAIL FROM MY DAD AND HE HAS A BLACKBERRY. THE WORLD IS GOING TO END. Posted by Emily at 5:41 PM

20: Day #10- The One with my New Home Hey Everyone, Today we went to winsor castle. Where the queen takes her holiday. I'm moving in because its pretty tight and i LOVE Eton- where the castle is. didnt see mary's creepy doll collection. darn. however- did see the changing of the guards, which was unexpectantly hysterical. They also played whatever the real name is of the song the ants go marching one by one- which I sing to the kids at the daycare all the time- and its supposed to be this like super serious ceremony. I could not stop laughing. Then we walked over to Eton College which is like a really fancy high school that costs the equivalent of 50,000 a year. Its were Prince Henry and William went- so yea. Its all boys. Pretty exclusive. Not so exciting. Back at the room doing work before class. Back to hamlet, Emily P.S. London is actually the city of sandwiches!!! they are everywhere- instead of eating a fast food burger or something their thing is sandwiches, good sandwiches, like fresh brie and mozzerella cheese, smoked salmon, prosciutto and all other good things. but i think i am going to turn into a sandwich i have eaten so many Posted by Emily at 5:36 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook0 comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)

22: Emily Goes to England Pages Home My Pictures Thursday, July 7, 2011Day #11- The One with the Train Hey Everyone, Today was a short day, we woke up, had class and went to Hampton Court Palace which is the site of the conference where they decided they were going to create the King James Bible, the first bible written in English. Also it was the home of King Henry VIII. (im so good and roman numerals after this trip). Wasnt really that exciting but we took a long train ride there so I took some awesome naps. When we got back I had a pork pie for lunch- but i think moms are better. The rest of the group went to leicester square to see the harry potter red carpet, but i didnt feel like going because people have been camping all week to be up front and theres about to be a hundred million people there and not be able to see anything. Actually they just got back and said they had to leave because the police kicked everyone out that wasnt on the main square. Well i'm just going to try to get more work done. Cheers, Emily P.S. Shout-out to William's mom who may or may not be reading this. Posted by Emily at 4:50 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook1 comments: Anonymous said... Emily, I love your blog! Now I have some idea of what Will is doing. Thanks! Your posts make me laugh. Mind the gap, "William's Mom" July 9, 2011 2:42 AM Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home

23: Day #12- The One with the Pictures Hey Everyone, Just got back from the pub, where we met dennis (shamus) who made us sing green day with him and did american accents for us. today we went to the national gallery and the portrait museum, saw some van goghs, monets, renoirs, boticellis, de gagh, michaelangelos, leonardos, you know. no biggie. went home and got ready to go to mousetrap!! so much fun but i cant tell you what happens!!! youll have to see it for yourself. anyways then we went out and were in a circle. tomorrow we dont have class till 12, yay! so sleep in for all of us see ya laters, Emily P.S. apparently the rest of the world thinks saying "awesome" a million times is american. maybe true. Posted by Emily at 12:37 AM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook0 comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) | Saturday, July 9, 2011Day #13- The One with the Animals Hey Everyone, Today was my relax and decompress day. All I did was go to the London Zoo, which is the first scientific zoo. They have an exhibit where you can literally walk with the monkeys. no glass or anything. so cool. but kinda terrifying because theres a hundred signs that say if you touch them theyll bite your fingers off. Then went to a Portuguese place for dinner. super spicy. Then went to hamlet at the globe which was EXCELLENT. well i have to write a paper by tomorrow so here i go. cant get my window open. ah. Goodnight all, Emily P.S. mom and dad im taking out 60 pounds for the week for tomorrow Posted by Emily at 11:38 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook0 comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)

25: Emily Goes to England Pages Home My Pictures Sunday, July 10, 2011Day #14- The One with the Races Hey Everyone, So today was a fun day. We had a free day to do whatever we wanted so I just went out into the city by myself to do what I wanted to do (no interruptions). This morning I was the first one into the churchill war rooms at 9:30 am which were SO COOL. They were the underground bomb shelter offices that winston churchill lead the war from during the bombings of WWII. They are preserved how they were left and they are just really neat. Then I was going to go to the Tate modern art gallery so I went to walk to the westminster tube stop but SURPRISE, its the London 10k. So I crossed the street once and got stuck on a median for like 15 min because all the runners were going on both sides of me, so I crossed back and walked like 15 min to another tube stop. Then I got to Southwark where the Tate is and got off and went to do the river walk up the Thames to the Tate. Well guess what? The UK kidney research foundation is also doing a london bridge walk, so I got to walk with 300 people dressed in purple with purple balloons tied to their backpacks hitting me in the face the whole time. Woo. Well I got to the tate and had lunch on the lawn and went and saw the museum. I saw picassos, matisse, monet (again), twombley, rauschenburg. Then I took the train to camdentown which is like a giant outdoor market- GIANT. got a nutella crepe yumm and walked around. haggled down from 15 pounds and got myself a fake michael kors for 10 pounds. Went back to the room to finally write my paper and do my reading for tomorrow. have done just about everything I want to do while im here! Need to do lots of school work these next two days before we leave for stratford, so thats fourtunate. Talk to you later, Emily P.S. I can't wait to have my car back Posted by Emily at 5:27 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook0 comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Follow Me via Email- Enter Email Below

26: Day #15- The One with the Schoolwork Hey everyone, I'm going to blog pre- doing everything today because its going to be a weird and boring day. We had class this morning for which we were supposed to read the play Much Ado about Nothing. I got up at the crack of dawn of course to finish it, but half of the class did not. So were also having class again at 4 00 before we see the play so people can finish it and we can discuss it. So our assignment for today was to go back to a place we have been this trip that we would like to see again. But instead i'm going to get ahead in my work because we have a play tonight- which we will have to write a review on due tomorrow morning, then one on wednesday that I have to read before and write a review on that night and then one on thursday with the same deal. So off to the pub to get some reading done! This is in fact better than I library to get stuff done at. Cheerio, Emily P.S. Mom i dont think im going to get back to camdentown but ill try my best Posted by Emily at 11:46 AM | Wednesday, July 13, 2011Day #16- The One with the Horror Hey Everyone, Don't be freaked out by my title, its ok. Side note- last night at the play Jeffrey from Fresh Prince of Bell Air played Leonardo from Much Ado- really cool. So today we woke up and I went to starbucks and got "porridge" -actually oatmeal was super good. and did class then went to our rooms and packed and then went to St. Barts, one of the worlds first hospitals and also the circulatory system was discovered there by william harvey- kinda a big deal. Then we had like a 3 hr break which was not really enough to go back before we met for a group dinner at 5 00 so i again went to starbucks and ate my BOLANDS fig pastries (fig newtons) that i found in the convenience store across the street (really cool- that never happens!) and I read. We went out for greek food as a group and then went to see Othello at the Rose Theater- which if you read my previous posts is christopher marlowe's theather, but we saw a shakespeare play there. The theater is actually paused in excavation so its just covered up with a bunch of water to preserve it and theres not a lot of light because an office building is built over it so it was a super creepy set. It only held about 30 people which sat on a variety of trunks, crates, pillows etc. The usher leads you in 5 at a time with a flashlight because it was so dark. The production was 18+ only (rated MA) and was really gory. At the beginning a guy came out of a big hamperlike basket that was next to all of our crate seats and he had just been chillin in there the whole time we were all coming in and getting settled. It was an awesome production and the acting was spectacular (can you tell i've been writing a million play reviews?). After it was over we all booked it back to the house though because our much ado reviews are due tomorrow morning, plus we can have our journals reviewed, plus we need to read macbeth, plus we need to pack because were leaving bright and early at 9 00 for stratford tomorrow- bye London!!!! So i will be up at 7 00 to get breakfast, checkout and be on the curb by 8 30 our teacher told us. By the way its like 1 00 am now. Sorry I wrote that with no capitals and one big blob paragraph but it was this or nothing, Emily P.S. o by the way we were informed today that there is no internet provided for the rest of the trip- but we have to write research papers so i will be at sbucks and pret stealing their internet during the day to check fbook and email- if you need to reach me Posted by Emily at 1:02 AM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook0 comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)

28: Friday, July 15, 2011Day #17/#18/#19- The One with the Colleges Hey everyone! Sorry for not posting I haven't had internet so i've been going to starbucks to get stuff done and the course is beginning to wrap up (only 3 full days left!)- we have 2, 5-7 page papers to do before that. so i've been soooo busy so this will probably be my last post. so we left off in London- we then went to stratford which is the most BEAUTIFUL town ever- its like where people go to retire and vacation and has tons of little shops and chocolate stores and ice cream and its like a beach town- but with a river. We visited shakespeares grave and his birthplace and other things he touched or may have walked on i guess. bought some shoes for 5 p though!! woo. also went to macbeth (SCARY CREEPY WITCH CHILDREN) and merchant of venice (modern vegas style- lots of elvis) at the royal shakespeare theater. stayed in a holiday inn with big king size beds and a the best breakfast ever to grace England, they had a latte machine that I was chugging from for about an hour- i've been up at 7 00-1 00 everyday for what feels like forever. stratford also has like little food boats on the river instead of food trucks- funny we arrived at cambridge today, by private bus so aka we passed out for 2 1/2 hrs. cambridge has 36 colleges and is my favorrrrrrrite place weve been. were staying at sidney sussex college in the dorms which are AWESOMEEEEEE. we each have our own room which has built in shelving all over the walls, a desk, a fridge, a coffee pot, two huge closets, one with a sink in it? a chair and coffee table, huge windows, two dressers- ALL FOR ME!!! there is also a kitchen and bathroom for four of us to share. and a library on the first floor and a garden. got a cambridge navy sweatshirt today yay!!! harry potter tonight! Bye, Emily P.S. going to see my greatgreat grandfathers house tomorrrow hopefully- got your directions mom!! Posted by Emily at 4:44 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook

29: Sunday, July 17, 2011Day #20/21- The One with the Insane Writing Hey everyone, So yesterday I went to my great great grandfathers house, bought chocolate bars for my friends and dad (Fry's!!!). Had a pint at a cool bar in the area- only 21s haha (drinking age is 18 here). Then wrote my heart out. Figured out I kinda wrote on of my papers on the wrong thing and had a mental episode. but its better now. wrote the other one and am finishing it now. so back to mad, insane writing. See ya in the states, Emily P.S. last night we had a party with magnum ice cream and watched friends and wrote about elizabeth I, wooo. Posted by Emily at 11:25 AM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook

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