Crossing off my "to do" list/Tourguiding Part 2
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May 20th, 2007 – by: Maureenie
Since Josh knows heâ€™s going to be a super rich engineer and be able to come back to Europe whever he pleases (I hate you a little bit :) ), he wanted us to do things that Iâ€™d been wanting to do in London and hadnâ€™t had the chance to yet.
After we got fit to leave the house (or, well, my room), Josh and I went to Leadenhall Market (somewhere I had never been before)! I knew that it was one of the few markets open on Sundays rather than Saturdays. It was actually really cool. I really wanted to buy a dress, because they have a lot of really awesome clothes there, but I didnâ€™t want to make Josh bored.
On we moved to the British Museum. This time I got to visit the critically acclaimed Egyptian wing. There was some crazy stuff in there. Seeing the mummies was out of control. They are so frickinâ€™ old. There is one that they think might be Cleopatra. Wow. There was also an old dead body there thatâ€™s, like, a million years old. That was surreal. It also brought up some ethical issues in my mind about a museum putting a human corpse on display. Hmm. We went to a few other wings as well, and saw an exhibit that showed all the pills that two people had taken in their lifetimes.
We had some time before we before seeing a show that night, and Josh wanted to do something I hadnâ€™t done before. After meeting Patrick Marber, I really wanted to find Postmanâ€™s Park. It was a little tricky to navigate the streets behind St. Paulâ€™s, but we found it lodged between buildings. Itâ€™s pretty small, but a very, very pretty, very well kept park. Really peaceful... a nice rest from the rush of the city. It was really cool reading all the inscriptions. If you donâ€™t know what Iâ€™m talking about, there is a wall in Postmanâ€™s Park where there are tiles dedicated to â€ścommonâ€ť people who have died heroically. They even had one of an actress who died trying to put out a fire with her dress during a performance.
Then we had the fortune of seeing Othello at the Old Globe, which is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. Iâ€™m REALLY glad we paid more for seats rather than standing like I did the first time I came here. The show was really, really good, even for being more than three hours long. The acting was great, and I felt like the actors were really good at giving attention to the details in the verses. Emiliaâ€™s bit at the end of Act V knocked my socks off. High five, Old Globe.
We walked around the river for a while, since seeing the city (well, any city, really) at night is so different. Going home was kind of a nightmare because of tube closures... itâ€™s funny how much Iâ€™ve adapted to not having a car, though...
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