London 2012

Last weekend I spent a day in London. I got to see a lot of the city that I hadn’t seen on my previous visits. Every time I go to London, I get a little more acclimated to the crowds and busyness of the city. This trip, I started by visiting the British Museum. I didn’t spend very long there, so I just walked through the first floor galleries to get a sense of what was in the museum. I saw the Rosetta Stone, statues from the Parthenon, a statute from Easter Island, and many other cool artifacts from around the world.

The British Museum

The Rosetta Stone

 

After the museum, a group of friends and I took the tube to Covent Garden. We didn’t spend much time there because we didn’t have any money to spend at the market.

Covent Garden decorated for the Olympics

After Covent Garden, we made our way over to Trafalgar Square. It was really busy there, and while we were taking pictures with the lion statues, it started raining. Not to be deterred by a little rain, we continued on towards the river to see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Along the way, we saw a lot of metal fencing and purple banners. We asked one of the official looking people who was guarding the fence and found out that the women’s olympic marathon was going on. The big group of runners at the front of the race had already gone by, but there were still runners coming. We stayed and watched for a little bit and saw two runners go by. It was so exciting to actually see an Olympic event. I don’t have any tickets for the Olympics, so I didn’t think I would get to see anything. But now I have seen the Olympics! The marathon runners are amazing too, because the gold medalist ran the race in 2 hours and 23 minutes. That’s crazy!

An Olympic marathon runner

After seeing the marathon, we visited a small church near Westminster Abbey while we waited for Evensong at the Abbey. I had never been to an Anglican service before, so I was excited to see what the service was like. We sat in the choir area. It felt weird to be sitting facing the center of the church instead of the front. The service had some of the same prayers as a Catholic Mass, but the order was very different. The choir was beautiful.

The outside of Westminster Abbey
Unfortunately I couldn’t take pictures inside the church.

After Evensong, we walked over to Buckingham Palace (which wasn’t very interesting from the outside) and then got back on the tube.

The gates of Buckingham Palace

Our last stop of the day was to see Richard III at Shakespeare’s Globe theater. It was very cool to see the inside of the theater and get a better idea of how his plays were actually performed in his time. We had standing room tickets, just like ordinary people of Shakespeare’s time would have had. By this time we were exhausted from walking all over the city so it was hard to stand for the entire 2-1/2 hour performance. The play was very good, but if any of you ever visit the Globe, I would suggest splurging for some kind of seat (the cheapest seat is 15 pounds, or about 25 dollars). Needless to say, I was exhausted by the time the bus came to pick us up. What a day!

The Globe

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