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
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
seen, which was cool.
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
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
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
"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.
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
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
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
OH WELL. I had a fun, full day anyway!