Late Blog

So, missed a couple days blogging cause tired….

But in those last few days we have walked around endlessly and it has been great. We got to do a bus tour around london with a couple BlueBadge tour guides. We started around where the IES building is near Birkbeck college and made our way to the other side of the Thames river. We saw the Globe Theatre, the Shard, the Girken, the embassy’s for Australia and Canada, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and we ended the tour by going on the Eye of London. Most of these places we just drove by so I have yet to see the insides of them, but they are definitely on my list of things to do.

The Eye was pretty terrifying, but the view of everything was magnificent. You can see nearly every inch of the city and all the history it has to offer. Right on the river was Parliament and a little further in was buckingham palace with its huge gardens. Breathtaking.

After the eye we went to one of the nearby farmer’s markets to eat dinner. There was all sorts of curry, sausages, pastries, and gelatos. I had a pork sausage and then a cookie the size of my face for dessert.

After that lovely meal we hopped back on the tube and came home. But, after an hours rest it was time to go to the pub.

The pub culture here is amazing and its so nice to just sit somewhere with your friends and talk. We went to a place called the Castle and watched a rugby game on the roof. Rugby is not a sport I understand, but it was still fun to experience it. Plus, this place has pub quizes every tuesday night!!!!

Today was more walking, but it was good walking because we got to go to Hampton Courts Palace. This is where King Henry the VIII lived and ruled with his six wives and three children. History is probably my favorite subject so experiencing a place like this where so many great (and not so great people) lived, walked, died, and ruled. We saw the history of Young Henry VIII, before he divorced Katherine of Aragon. They seemed happy with their lives and it was neat to see the human side of Henry before everything horrible happened.

We did the oldest hedge maze in England successfully, walked through the royal gardens, saw the Queen’s apartments and the Kings. Saw the kitchens and the wine cellers…. All these pics are on Facebook BTW.

So, yeah. Sunday is a free day and classes start monday. Woot Woot!


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