Stephanie! And the Tower of London

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Yay! I like muffins!
Today I got to see Stephanie, who I had not seen in two and half years, and despite all the horrible, inconvenient, god-awful feelings I was having due to my allergies, I had an absoutely wonderful afternoon. As the tube is a "wanker," as they might say (well, maybe... I don't know if I can use that in this context, but you get the idea... if I'm personifying the tube... well, damn it, I'm trying...), on the weekends, and is often closed in places due to reconstruction, so I had a few minutes to walk around Covent Garden while I waited for Stephanie, and her boyfriend Michael, to catch up. There are a LOT of shops artound Covent Garden, as it turns out, and I looked around trying to find cheap-ish things I could buy so I won't look like such a loser in my fashion-less wardrobe walking around lots of really stylish British girls all the time.
Tower of London!
No luck. BUT, I did discover something wonderful.... A MEXICAN FOOD RESTAURANT. SERIOUSLY!!! I checked, and it's really Mexican food, not Spanish food. Burritos, nachos, tostadas, etc.... I was so happy. I'm going back. Expect a blog ridden with exclamation points about that day. Then I was kind of getting hungry, so I went back towards the gardens, and found this really sweet muffin place! They were fresh, and cheap, and awesome, and I ate one.

Then I found Stephanie and Michael, and we had lunch at a little French place in Covent Garden. This was my first, and long-awaited, thoroughly positive dining experience in London. The food was really, really good. Expensive, but really really good.
Enthusiastic tour guide
And it was really nice to be able to catch up. Then we went to the Tower of London, which has a museum inside! Who knew! We went on a guided tour with this really excited old British man, who was full of bad jokes and weird faces. Seeing this place was great, because it was all REAAAAALLLY really old, and it was all real. The guide told us all these bloody stories of people getting beheaded there, and it was actually realy cool. It was finally taking all the stuff you learn about English history in high school and giving it a real place. After the tour, Stephanie handed the guide a few coins, and he said, as part of what seemed standard protocol, "Thank you miss, and where are you all from?" She replied "California," and he said, "Ah, California, where the rich people live.
The inside... Stephanie said this is where they raise black crows for good luck.
" Ha. Then we went inside some of the buildings, and saw exhibits of the crown jewels. Talk about bling. Like I said when we were in there, they could feed a whole bunch of small countries with those things. There were also scepters, and gold things used for ceremonies... there was something that looked like a giant gold birdbath that was apparently a punch bowl. In another room there were weapons... lots of guns, swords, cannons, armour, horse armour, child armour (awful!), anything you could hurt someone with. Then Stephanie and I started dieing... we were both very, very tired, her from jet lag, and me from being an allergy-ridden baby, and so we said our goodbyes, and I went home and took a nap.

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Yay! I like muffins!
Yay! I like muffins!
Tower of London!
Tower of London!
Enthusiastic tour guide
Enthusiastic tour guide
The inside... Stephanie said this …
The inside... Stephanie said this…
More... all real!!!
More... all real!!!
The museum-ish part
The museum-ish part
Stephanie and I... that makes me h…
Stephanie and I... that makes me …
A courtyard shot from the building…
A courtyard shot from the buildin…
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