The Abbey Road studios
Stephanie is having a sad week, so we took a day to spend in Central to
distract ourselves from life drama and piles of homework. The only
pictures of the day that I have are from when we went to Abbey Road.
This was SUPER. It was one of the only stupid tourist things that knew
I wanted to do before I got here, and hadn't gone yet because no one
else wanted to go. Sad. I was pretty into the Beatles growing up, due
to my hippie heritage, and my sister and I listened to Abbey Road a lot
growing up. It's probably my favorite Beatles album. Anyway, the area
around Abbey Road is wonderful, with lots of trees and nice looking
houses, and I decided that if I were going to live in the city, I'd
want to live here. It's much more neighborhood-y than anywhere else
near the city. We found the street, and the studios, and I was soooo
Then we had a big escapade of trying to take pictures of each
other in the famous crosswalk that's on the cover of Abbey Road
. We had to wait until cars weren't coming, etc, and even then we didn't have much time. It was kind of hilarious, really.
Then we tried to go to Notting Hill
to figure out what the heck the
fuss about that place is. We didn't really figure it out, haha. It had
already started getting dark (have I complained about that yet??? I
will again now. I HATE IT. I seriously see the sun start running away
around 3, and by 4:15 or 4:30, it's already totally dark outside. I
cannot stand it. CANNOT), and we ended up veering towards Portobello,
and hanging around the vintage/"retro" shops around there.
People write all over the pillars outside the studio
I bought a
skirt at this AMAZING store that I will try to write a review about in
which EVERYTHING in the whole store only costs £3. AMAZING.
Apres ça, into the heart of the city for some pub food at Wetherspoon's and lots of wandering about in the cold.
In the evening we saw a play called Love Song
which contained the following super famous people: Cillian Murphy, Neve
Campbell, Kristen Johnston, and Michael McKean!!!!!!!!!! AHHH!!!!! Too
many famous people for my small-town brain to handle. The play was
interesting. I'm still digesting it. Very.... American. So many of the
plays I see here are American... American actors, American authors,
etc... maybe it's going to be good for me to go back home. Anyway, I
totally messed up our plan of meeting all of them because I had to go
to the bathroom.
A hurried picture of Steph and I walking on Abbey Road
... stupid bladder... and so when we got outside
everyone had gone home except Michael McKean, who we almost missed. I
did get his autograph, though, and he even asked us if we liked the
play, what we thought of it, etc., and seemed very amiable. I told him
I thought it was interesting and not what I'd expected... I wanted to
say more, but I wasn't really sure of what I thought of it yet... but I
wished I had said more... maybe I could have gotten into this whole
conversation about the play and we would be friends... apparently
"gotten" is an American made-up word. That's what the old British
couple told me.
After we left the New Ambassador, Stephanie wanted to go to where Bent
was getting out because she wanted to see Alan Cumming, who stars in
it, because she didn't get to when she saw the show last month.
then we got to see him, too. I was kind of awkward about this, because
I didn't even see the play. Ha. I felt kind of bad getting his
autograph, but at least I knew who he was and thought he was awesome in
general. He was in a hurry, so I didn't even have to tell him I liked
I think I'm going to hang up my hat (if not now, very soon) on
celebrity stalkage after shows... it just makes me feel really
awkward... like, I'm being annoying to them, and I feel really bad for
all the other people who come through the stage door and probably
worked hard on the show, and don't get the same attention... or any,
really. And that I don't even get to really "meet" them or have a
conversation with them.... I just want to get their name written down
on a piece of paper because they make more money than God and everyone
Me in the road! I was so excited!!!
And that's kind of weird, to me. I mean, it's cool to see
famous people because you see them all the time on tv and in movies and
then all of a sudden they're standing right next to you, and that's
pretty neat. However, I don't know that having a little piece of paper
with their name on it, or even having a picture with them as proof that
I met them, that doesn't even remind me of a time I shared with that
person because it only consisted of Oh, hi, Ok, picture, The end, will
enrich my life in any way. Therefore, I'm beginning to see it as a
waste of energy. So, it's so long to my childhood dreams. At least for
now. I will see these people when I'm doing theatre professionally soon
enough anyway. I hope.