London #2: Early Morning Walk-About, V&A, The Globe

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back. It's another great day in London. Allow me to fill you in on the events of yesterday, if you please. When I last left you, I had just woken up from a troubled night's sleep after being awake for twenty-six hours. Shortly after finishing that post, Brandon and I went out to take a walk-about. It was around 4:00 AM, the sun was just barely starting to rise, and we figured we could go explore before the streets filled up.

Side note: The streets here are nuts. They are nothing like the grid system of the Salt Lake Valley that I've come to know and love. There are many streets all winding in different directions, cars drive on the wrong side of the road, people run across the road whether the small chap (little guy) on the crosswalk sign is green or red, eliciting frequent honks. It's exciting to say the least. 

We picked up some groceries at a 24-hour Tesco and headed back to the flat. We did a little bit of homework and were slowly joined by the rest of our roommates. Some time later, we went to our first class, Shakespeare, which was closely followed by Myths and Legends in British Literature. Then, after a very brief nap, we headed off the the Victoria and Albert Museum, better known as the V&A. 

Some highlights:
Tayler and I in front of an enormous tapestry. 

Brandon admiring the same tapestry. 
A giant music book. 
Brandon and Kasee looking at yet another tapestry. 

An incredible altarpiece depicting the arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ. 

A cast replica of the Column of Trajan. I'll have pictures of the real thing after we go to Rome!

More tapestry. 

A sweet Sherlock Holmes coat.
It was an awesome trip, and we didn't even see it all. I have to go back within the next few days because they're having a David Bowie exhibition while I'm here, but I was to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to enjoy it. We also have to go to the Natural History Museum, which is enormous. Expect a post about that before long. 

After the museum, we went home for dinner and then hopped on the Tube to Mansion House. We walked a ways, passed the St. Paul's Cathedral, crossed the Millennium Bridge, saw the Shard and the London Eye, and made our way to the Globe Theatre. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera, but I'll snap some photos next time we go there for a show. Here is a picture of me and Tayler before the show began. 

We saw a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and it was very good. Afterwards, we walked down to the water, touched the Thames River, and went home. It was an incredible day, and, thankfully, I got some much-needed rest last night. Well, until next time,


Tayler and I by the Thames. St. Paul's in the background.

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