Natural Hist. Museum/Kensington Gardens/more bad food

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The front of the Natural History Museum. Can you believe this is a museum?
SO, I wrote out this huge entry about this day and what I did, and then travbuddy decided it wasn't going to work anymore, and so it deleted the whole thing. I will try to reconstruct it.

After me complaining about not having any money, we decided to go to a museum (most of them are free here). Cate, Sarah, Jen and myself took the tube to South Kensington, and ran into the Natural History Museum, after meeting up with the rain. This museum is awesome. I definitely recommend going if you're into this kind of thing. Everything here seems really well taken care of, and every exhibit is really thorough. We went to the mammals and birds exhibits, which had a lot of stuffed and/or reconstructed replicas of animals, and we went to a very large wing about the earth (layers thereof, volcanoes, recycling, etc which was happy to see, and a big thing about earthquakes, which gave my New York friends the opportunity to ask me what it's like to be in earthquakes "all the time").
The inside lobby with a big dinosaur skeleton. Beautiful.
My two favorites were probably the exhibit of rocks/jewels created by the earth, and the dinosaur exhibit. There were a lot of dinosaur skeletons (real ones and relics), and at the end of the exhibit they had a realistic looking life size model of a T-Rex that made noises and MOVED! It was scary.

After the museum, we started heading in the direction of Kensington Gardens to find some food. When we got outside we saw that London Fashion Week had a huge tent set up, and after watching too many episodes of Project Runway, I really wanted to get in. Unfortunately, we couldn't, but Cate did get handed a magazine made out of newspaper called, "Knickers Forever." Then we walked through the gardens to go look for food.
Cate, Jen, and Sarah looking at a collection of little stuffed birds.
I really liked walking around here, even though I was inexplicably sore from my physical theater class. I think I might like it better than Central Park. There were a lot of people out walking their really cute British dogs. British dogs are better than American dogs. I'm not generally a dog person, but I think if I lived in London by Kensington Gardens, I would like to have a dog. We saw the Peter Pan statue too, which was neat.

When we got through the gardens, it started to rain again. Of course, I had nothing to protect me from the rain, because I have this weird thing about not wearing/bringing rain gear when it's not immediately raining because I'm too worried it won't end up raining and then I'll look dumb, SO, Cate gave me the "Knickers Forever," and I had to use it as a makeshift umbrella.
David Attenborough! For Connor!
It actually worked out pretty well. I don't know if I even want to talk about getting food afterwards. Basically, I thought to myself, "oh. hey, this thing is all your can eat, so maybe I can just eat as much as possible and then I won't have to eat later, like we all did in the dorms." Bad plan. The food was terrible. Not worth the £6 I paid for it ($12). Really greasy and probably had been left out under the heat lamp all day. I couldn't even eat it, hardly, so I just ate an apple from my bag.

Then we took the tube to Cecil Court to look for some used bookstores. Cecil Court is on a small alley tucked away between Trafalger Square and Leicester Square. We found it, but all the stores had just closed. Still neat looking. I will go back.
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The front of the Natural History M…
The front of the Natural History …
The inside lobby with a big dinosa…
The inside lobby with a big dinos…
Cate, Jen, and Sarah looking at a …
Cate, Jen, and Sarah looking at a…
David Attenborough! For Connor!
David Attenborough! For Connor!
The entrance to the earth wing.
The entrance to the earth wing.
Scary dinosaurs with blood on them…
Scary dinosaurs with blood on the…
T-REX!!! AHH!!!
T-REX!!! AHH!!!
An anteater! Hahahaha, theyre way…
An anteater! Hahahaha, they're wa…
Kensington Gardens. These little k…
Kensington Gardens. These little …
This dog was swimming on the edge …
This dog was swimming on the edge…
Peter Pan statue.
Peter Pan statue.
This chick on the statue is totall…
This chick on the statue is total…
Me in the rain with Knickers Fore…
Me in the rain with "Knickers For…
The double-decker buses. They are …
The double-decker buses. They are…
Cecil Court, bien sûr.
Cecil Court, bien sûr.
Cecil Court again.
Cecil Court again.
Us walking through Kensington Gard…
Us walking through Kensington Gar…
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