Clink, Tate, Crêpe, Felipe, Vic, Bar?!

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It looked cool from the front...
This was a vvveeerrrryyy full day.
Janette, Nikki and I had bought tickets to see A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O'Neill (with Kevin Spacey in it!) in the evening, so we thought we'd fill our obligated day of expensive transport with other things until then.

First stop: "The Clink" Museum, which should not have cost money to go in, but did. We saw it on the way out of the Globe before and thought it looked creepy, but it was kind of boring. You went in and there were, like, 5 models of people dieing, and a WHOOOOLE bunch of little placards you had to read to learn about the history. I didn't pay to read about history! I can go on the internet and read that for free! Basically, it was a prison, and it sucked for the people who were in it.
See, that's scary, isn't it? (Before we went inside)
Who would have thought? Oh, and there were a lot of prostitutes in there. I guess it was a famous prison, though, I guess. However, like everything seems to be in this city, it is a reconstruction of the Clink Prison, instead on the actual sight, made of the actual building, etc. Everything here is a reconstruction of something that used to be cool. I wish we hadn't gone, and hadn't wasted money and time on it, but the girls really wanted to. Oh well.

Way better museum stop: TATE MODERN. Everyone told me this place is awesome, and it was definitely awesome. Sadly, Janette and Nikki wanted to leave earlier than I did, and so I didn't get to explore the whole thing, but I took a big bite out of it. This is probably one of my favorite places I've been so far.
Old torture devices. The one in the middle is a real chastity belt. Like, so people won't get raped... oy.
They have really interesting collections, including some film exhibitions, and quite a few big names. I got in trouble for taking pictures (like always), but I did manage to get one of a Picasso painting when I first walked in. I had a really great time walking around here though, and am going to go back multiple times, I think. I only wish you could go to a museum without the museum people... people in a museum annoy the hell out of me.

After this we wandered, as we still had some time before the show started so we walked around the Embankment. I saw some neat shops in a little cluster that looked like Capitola Village and so I ran down there saying we should go look at it. All the shops were kind of expensive, but it was pretty different from the rest of London we'd seen, which was cool.
Oh no!
Coming here was kind of a problem for me, because I already have problems with the word "wharf," and the word "pier," because I don't know how one defines either of these things in separate categories, and here was this place, not even built over a body of water, calling itself "Gabriel's Wharf." So I don't know if I will ever figure it out. Anyway, we saw a crêpe place, and I told Janette and Nikki not to buy them because they were over-priced, but we decided if we split one, if would be better. It was still, like, $8, but it was very, very good, and I decided I need to attempt to make them in the dorm.

Although we had just eaten, it was rounding dinner time, and we had agreed to go to a restaurant by the theater, also on The Cut, that I had seen in my Lonely Planet book.
The Tate Moden, obviously
When I was wandering around Southwark by myself the day, I was reading about the things in the surrounding area, and saw a restaurant called Meson Don Felipe that had Spanish food. Since we all go to school in Southern California, and have been missing burritos, we thought we'd check it out. Spanish food is like Mexican food, right? I mean, they speak the same language, so the food is probably the same, right? WRONG. They had a bunch of small dishes to order from, and so we each got two things, by recommendation of out waiter, which was way too much food, and there was definitely nothing there that we were familiar with. Nikki and I each got this bowl of seafood, chicken and rice, which was alright... definitely filling, which felt nice. But, it had shrimp in it that was fully armoured with legs head, scaley shell bits, and EYEBALLS still attatched.
There were this really long DNA-like scary slide there that we almost went down, but there were too many people (THANK GOD).
We were all dumb, and had absolutely no idea whether we were supposed to eat it as is, or if we were supposed to rip it apart ourselves, so we decided to take it apart. This was a very difficult and guilt-filled task, as we had to pull off each of it's little legs from it's body, and literally rip it's head off, with the little beady black eyes staring at us. Not legit. Not legit at all. I ate it anyway though, and it was good, but I hope I never have to do that again.

Et ensuite: the show. We had purchased "youth" tickets, because apparently in this country, if you're under 26 you can get a lot of things cheaper. We thought we were sitting in the first balcony, but it turned out we were actually sitting FRONT ROW CENTER. And for cheap tickets! It was AWESOME.
"Seated Nude," by Picasso. Obviously some of his cubist work. Only picture I got to take inside the exhibits before I got in trouble, but not a bad one, I don't think.
The theater itself is really neat. It's really old, and unlike my claims about everything being reconstructions, is apparently the original Victorian building it always was, or so I was told after the show. The show was really, really, really, really good. Everything I would have expected from seeing a Eugene O'Neill play live. There was this scene with Eve Best and Kevin Spacey in the second act that was absolutely insane and heart-felt and heart-wrenching at the same time, and very, very well directed. The perfomances were overall very, very polished. Then when they bowed, I was seriously THREE FEET away from Kevin Spacey. AHH!

The time spent after the show was a unique experience. First, of course, we waited out by the stage door, and got signatures from people.
"Gabriel's Wharf," which was not a wharf. Cute, though.
Colm Meany talked to us for a little while, which was sweet, and we TOTALLY got a picture with Kevin Spacey. That was pretty sweet, because I tend to get pretty star-struck. He didn't seem too excited about seeing any of us after the show, but I guess he has to do that a lot, and so it makes sense. We were sad because Eve Best, who played Josie (which, if you don't know the show, is the biggest part, and definitely a very difficult role to play). Then Nikki and Janette had to use the bathroom, so we tried to go back in the theater to do so. The bathrooms are on the floor below the theater, in which there is a bar area as well, in which I had seen people hanging out in before the show. On our way back up, we looked around and saw people hanging out at assorted tables, and Colm Meany, Eve Best, and everyone else in the show besides Kevin Spacey drinking together at the bar.
Things carved out of wood at Gabriel's wharf... ahh, feels like home.
Some important-looking guy in a white buttoned-down shirt asked us if he could help us find something. We assumed we were in trouble for invading some sort of private party, and tried to awkwardly explain that we were just on our way out. He told us we could stay if we wanted because it was a public bar. So then we ended up sitting down at a table with him (Chris, apparently) and his friend Perecles (no joke) right next to all the people in the show. So, it's kind of like we were hanging out with cast members. I guess hanging out "near" them is more appropriate... anyway, Chris ushers the show, and Perecles works at the bar there, and so they both started telling us stories about how they are both actors too, and where they've traveled, and what kind of acting work they've done, and how they are pretty sure Kevin Spacey is gay.
Nikki and Janette about to enjoy this over-priced crêpe with me.
It was totally random, but they were really nice, and it was neat to meet actors who live in the city.

Then things got a little bit lame. Mostly because I am lame. So we were all talking, and they were all drinking, and then the bar was going to close, and so they invited us to another bar with them. I knew that we needed to leave so we could catch the last tube back to Oakwood, AND so we could catch the last shuttle to the dorms up Snakes Lane. They were already kind of tipsy, and seemed like they really wanted to stay. I was very tired, and didn't want to have to sit around and be awkward not drinking, especially since I already felt like the odd one out. So, even though they were very nice, and had good stories, I decided to go home alone.
The epic shrimp. Oh, goodness...
I was really worried about making everything on time, but it all worked out, and I got home completely safe. I guess the girls ended up staying over at that the guys' apartment because they were too drunk to come home, so I guess it was better that I left. I felt dumb though.

OH WELL. I had a fun, full day anyway!

idunno011 says:
Yay, i finally got a travbuddy so I can comment on these things...

I thought we totally figured out the wharf/pier thing a few months ago, lol.

"A pier is a structure. It is a platform supported by pilings out over water. A wharf, on the other hand, involves function. It is a place where boats can tie up and unload."

Missed you at live nudes last night. Looks like you've been having lots of fun though.
Posted on: Oct 14, 2006
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It looked cool from the front...
It looked cool from the front...
See, thats scary, isnt it? (Befo…
See, that's scary, isn't it? (Bef…
Old torture devices. The one in th…
Old torture devices. The one in t…
Oh no!
Oh no!
The Tate Moden, obviously
The Tate Moden, obviously
There were this really long DNA-li…
There were this really long DNA-l…
Seated Nude, by Picasso. Obvious…
"Seated Nude," by Picasso. Obviou…
Gabriels Wharf, which was not a…
"Gabriel's Wharf," which was not …
Things carved out of wood at Gabri…
Things carved out of wood at Gabr…
Nikki and Janette about to enjoy t…
Nikki and Janette about to enjoy …
The epic shrimp. Oh, goodness...
The epic shrimp. Oh, goodness...
The Old Vic before the show!!!
The Old Vic before the show!!!
Wait... is that... Oh yeah, thats…
Wait... is that... Oh yeah, that'…
The tube alone at night...
The tube alone at night...
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