Friday, April 29, 2011
Well it is now 4:21am and yes I am awake! Why might you ask? Well after I finally took forver to go to sleep 2 hours ago I was awakened to a loud alarm. The fire alarm. I grabbed shoes and a jacket and headed to the door with my roommates meeting up with others in our flat in the hall. As we walked outside and into the street, we were told to come back because it was only burnt toast! Who is making toast at 4 in the morning! Anyways now I get to try to sleep again for another few hours when I will be awakened by my own alarm. Yay!!
But I did get a pretty good shot of them. They rode by a little fast I thought so I was glad I videotaped it. I also got a video of the queen driving by and a little bit of the huge marching band. it was all just so Amazing! i can't believe I was able to be there. After the Queen and everyone was in the Palace the police opened the gates and the street in front of Buckingham Palace was flooded with people.
Our preparation to leave at 12am for the wedding consisted of chatting, facebooking and a very short nap, then throwing all the sweater I brought in my backpack with magazines and running out the door.
As we left our building there were people at the bus stop and a guy asked where we were headed so late and we said the royal wedding. He then said your American! Why do you care!? haha But we definitely care.
The last ride on the tube before it closes at 12:45am to Buckingham Palace
We had our first class today. We talked about the importance of keeping an open mind in theatre and performances and pretty much broke down Shakespeare's play The Tempest. We are going to see it at a childrens theatre on Saturday night. We decided that food and shopping were a neccesity after class so a whole group of us headed off to Primemark, a huge inexpensive department store with amazing clothes! It was so awesome! They had tons of cute skirts, shoes and dresses! I had to buy a few things of course. We decided instead of eating it was more important to rush over to Buckingham Palace to try to get on the morning news but that did not end up happening. We did discover beautiful St. James Park and that we needed to come earlier than we thought to camp out for the wedding. Oh I got hit in the head ny a guy carrying a tent over his head. He apoligized to me though so it was okay. It was my fault for being taller than evreyone I guess. We took the tube back to our street and decided it was finally time to eat since we hadn't eaten all day. So we wanted to go to an Indian Resturaunt but we had three options so we decided to find the cheapest one. As we were looking at the menu of one the guy came and told us to come in and sit down, so we did. He handed us our menus and we ordered water from the tap otherwise they give you water you have to pay for. As we looked through the menu we realized it was 7 pounds for just a peice of chicken and you had to buy rice and bread seperately. The guy tired to make us buy an appetizer and when we said we are ready to order instead he asked if we each wanted our own appetizer and it was way confusing and annoying. Then the guy tried to tell us we needed to buy the 2 person plate for 40 pounds and buy other plates and share amongst the four of us, but that would be like a $25 meal for each of us. So when he left to get the waters we got up and walked out. We found a little take-out place down the street that had Indian food for 3 pounds but I decided to grocery shop and eat at home. After buying all my very small quantities of food, I realized it was not going to be fun walking back carrying my bags. But that is what the red buses are for! Casmin, Chelsea and I hoped on a bus that took us right to our street and we just hoped off and walked in our flat. Why had we not been riding the bus this whole time!! We decided since we were leaving to go to the Royal wedding that we should just spend a quite night in our flat and go to bed early, but that didn't happen. We unpacked and goofed off then it was time to prepare to leave for the wedding!!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
So last night after getting ready for bed we, being my roommates Kristen, Casmin and I, decided it would be a good idea to set an alarm so we could actually get up for class this morning. We never would have guessed how hard it would be to set an alarm, but it took us probably 15 minutes to set the alarm. Now we aren't dumb. We were working with my phon to tell us the time but it hadn't changed time zones, so it was still California time. So I went to my world clock to find the time in London. Kristen said it was 12:30 am here according to her computer, but my world clock said it was 11:30 pm. Mine had to be right though because it was my phone and used the satelite, right? Wrong! We decided on the old fashioned way of counting 8 hours from California time and it really was 12:30 am. However it did not end there. We had to figure out in how many hours we would wake up and add that on to the California time. which meant we were waking up at 1:00 am California time, but 9:00 am our time. So pretty much we just decided we were not going to have jet lag. So new London moto: Sleep when your dead.
The beautiful Kitchen! We are so lucky because our flat just got finished being remodeled the day before we got here! Definitely the nicest of all the flats!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Finally I made it!! The flight here wasn't too bad. I sat next to a lovely british lady that was from Long Beach. She pretty much laughed at everything it was great! I watched about three movies before I decided it was time to sleep. Which I shouldn't have even tried. I cannot sleep sitting up. It is Impossible!! I don't know how everyone else on the plane does it but my head falls forward everytime. But if you try to sleep with your head already forward in your lap it won't fit because your head will hit the controls to the TV screen and turn it on. So I don't really know how much I slept. There was an orchestra on my flight that is going to play for the Prince and new Princess this Sunday. There were old ones and young ones so I don't know which ones are actually performing. Oh there was also a man like Burt on Marry Poppins. He had all his instruments on his back and such. I did not end up meeting Casmin and Camille at the aiport. The London airport is a lot bigger place than I expected so you have to take a train to the other terminals. I spent awhile there figuring that out then took the tube to Gloucester and walked the beautiful street to my flat at Hyde Park Gate with assistance from my mom via cell phone and here being online. She was walking the street with me virtually haha and guided me to my apartment. My flat is super nice!! So amazing! We went on a walk tonight and saw the London Eye and Big Ben, and the natural London Scene of course. Now I am exhausted and ready for sleep finally!!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
In a few hours I will be sitting on a plane flying across the US and the Atlantic Ocean to London! Casmin and Camille are going to meet me at the airport and the adventure will begin! We are going to travel like true Londoners taking the tube and taxi to our wonderful Hyde Park flat!! I can't believe I will actually be in London! Living there! Going to School! Visiting all the wonderful places!