Before I start, I should mention that updates will not usually come this frequently. This day gets mention because it was the last day before classes and involved a lot of stuff. Also, yesterday I got a delicious candy: Galaxy Minstrel's. They are M&M's on steroids.
As mentioned earlier, the assignment was:
- Visit 2 train stations and write some specific information in our journals
- Visit 2 parks and write some specific information in our journals
- Visit 2 of of 10 other places listed on the paper and write some specific information in our journals
- Visit 2 of 6 religious places listed on the paper and write some specific information in our journals
- Buy and go over several Sunday papers and answer lots of questions
- Watch the telly (TV) for an hour and answer specific questions
- One last ridiculously vague and time-consuming question, the details of which aren't important
It should be mentioned that I went with Steve, Michelle, and Meredith. Meredith had not done any of the assignment so we did the whole assignment (leaving yesterday's morning trip (with the exception of the parks) pointless, assignment-wise).
First was Waterloo Station. It was the largest station we had visited. Not much else to say.
|It's... uh... big.|
Around the station, we continued our creepy mission of listening to other people talking (to discern the language). We exited the station and began walking when we ran into this...
|... a minor obstruction in our walking path.|
|... that Sauron's got nothing on this motherf-|
|That's right, we hit Big Ben right at f*ing noon. What.|
|"Nope. No zombies here.", says Cillian Murphy.|
|"Yep. Plenty of potential zombies here.", says I.|
Once again, however (and this would prove to be true with all the sights today), the tourist factor was too much. Here is this gorgeous place of worship, and then there are 1000 people immediately outside. We did not even get to see the inside because it was Sunday. We took our notes, eavesdropped, and headed toward Downing Street, one of the most anticlimactic tourist attraction in existence. Address 10 on this street is the Prime Minister's office (not his house, as our assignment paper told us). With that being said, here is the highlight of Downing Street.
|I worked really hard to get this shot.|
After Trafalgar Square we went to St. Martin-in-the-Field, which was not as impressive as Westminster Abbey but still cool (they we having a sermon in Cantonese). I don't have any pictures of it but that's okay. Finally, we returned to Charing Cross Station (the one from yesterday) so our friend could get the information she needed. We took the Tube home and wrote up about all our experiences. No other noteworthy incidents.
Classes started today (this post was about yesterday) so my posting frequency will be significantly reduced after this post. Hope you all are enjoying it.