|The amazing set of Wicked|
Things have been going well with my new internship at The Children’s Society, as I have grown accustomed to a true work environment and schedule. It has been a bit difficult to balance the two classes that have continued into the second phase of the program with a three-day work week, and now a supplementary internship class. Regardless of the workload, I am enjoying experiencing a true London lifestyle. There are so many elements of being a true Londoner, and I believe I have managed to accomplish at least a few of them. I have finally learned not to force myself to get to everything in London, and I’ve realized that it’s more important to do things because I want to, not because I feel I should in the mad rush of a four-month study abroad program.
Last week, I finally had the chance to see the famed Wicked, a visual and aural masterpiece of magnificent proportions. The stunning cast included two leads, Elphaba and Glinda, who absolutely stole the show. The remainder of the cast was certainly superior, and equalled the reputation of the renowned production. The cast showcased the vividly-designed set and intricate costumes, in addition to their amazing singing and dancing. I was blown away by the performance, and I would be more than happy to see the show over and over again. It surpassed my expectations, becoming my favorite musical to date. Perhaps the best part of Wicked was the fact that I was seated in the eleventh row, giving me the closest view to an unbelievable night at the Apollo Victoria.
|Field of Remembrance at Wesminster Abbey|
In the past several weeks, I have seen replicas of red poppies pinned on the lapels of most Londoners’ suits and jackets. I never really bothered to clarify the significance of these flowers, but I soon discovered that they are an emblem meant to pay tribute to those in the Armed Forces that have fallen in the line of duty. To add to this, there is a Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, which was crowded with people urgent to pay their respects. The display was beautiful, and it made the issue of the non-liberties of war universal.
|Borough Market-where dreams come true.|
The Borough Market is located near London Bridge, and is a true gem of London culture. It is certainly not the only market of its kind, but it has a unique appeal. It is only open at specific times on specific days, but it is always crowded when it is actually running. A spread of cheeses, jams, wines, meats and other commodities are available for purchase, as well as a slew of hot dishes and sandwiches. Nearly every product can be tasted, and nearly every product is probably the best thing you’ve ever tasted. Fresh and homemade, the market’s entire selection is a great addition to London’s culture.
|Fish at the London Aquarium|
|Astronaut suit at the Science Museum|
|Outside of the British Museum|
|Main Concourse within the British Museum|
The British Museum was my next destination, which was amazing, as I spent nearly three hours there and barely conquered half of the galleries. This is a result of Britain’s overambition in attempting to include absolutely every artifact that is remotely British, with every piece of history the Brits have had any possible connection to. I had to be extremely strategic in the areas I wanted to cover, and I ultimately weeded out the less-desirable aspects to make for a pleasant visit.
|Horse Guard-didn't budge|
|Some friendly guards outside of the gated Number 10|
|British ChinaTown-not the same!|
|Leicester Sq. (you can't tell, but it's lit up with Christmas lights!)|
|National Portrait Gallery|
|View of National Gallery from Trafalgar Square|
|The World's Smallest Police Station!|
I think it’s safe to say that I’m doing everything I can while in London. When I put it into perspective, I realize that I live here. So many people that are native Brits have expressed to me that they haven’t done half of the things I have. I am definitely continuing my exploration of London until the day I leave, but knowing that I could leave today with the reassurance that I have covered more of a foreign city than I have of my own hometown gives me a huge sense of relief. I plan on spending the remainder of this think it’s safe to say that I’m doing everything I can while in London. When I put it into perspective, I realize that I live here. So many people that are native Brits have expressed to me that they haven’t done half of the things I have. I am definitely continuing my exploration of London until the day I leave, but knowing that I could leave today with the reassurance that I have covered more of a foreign city than I have of my own hometown gives me a huge sense of relief. I plan on spending the remainder of this program just doing what I do and enjoying every step of the way, just as I’ve been doing.