05.07.2010 - 11.07.2010 28 °C
So our teachers decided to take it easy on us after our weekend in Paris, so we had somewhat of a reduced week. Monday we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which was very cool. It had all sorts of exhibits, jewelry, costumes, music, theatre.
After exploring the V and A we had class and then a free night. We had another crazy Tuesday this week. We left for class at 8:40am and didn't get back to the apartment until 11pm. We had class, a field trip, and a play. Our field trip was to Banqueting House, which was built in 1600s. It was the only part of Whitehall to survive a fire.
The hall is still used today for important functions. We then headed over to the National Portrait Gallery, which is home to some great paintings and some not so hot ones. It was fun to see some of the more modern ones, but they also had an interesting section on the Tudors. The play for the night was War Horse, about a young farm boy and his horse, who gets sent off to war. It was a fabulous production and it made most of the audience members cry their eyes out by the end. It has been one of my favorite plays we have seen so far. Wednesday we went to Enron, which was a musical version of the scandal, a very interesting play. Thursday our teachers were amazing people and canceled class in the morning. That night we had a play, Nevermore, which was about the depressing life of Edgar Allen Poe. It was also a musical and we are now constantly singing the tune.
Friday we took the train out to Windsor and walked through the castle. It looks exactlly like a castle should look like. Unfortunately the queen was not in so no sightings of her.
The city of Windsor itself, is very cute. Lots of little shops and restaurants. THere was an amazing fudge shop which we could not resist. Right next to Windsor is Eaton College, which is one of the most prestigious high schools in England. It is where Princes Harry and William went. The campus itself, like the rest of the country, is gorgeous. Large churches and gardens take up most of the campus.
We got back to the city and headed over to Somerset House, to run through the fountains, because it has be ridiculously hot here. Unfortunately the fountains are closed until the 20th for the concert series they have there. So we will be making a trip back.
Saturday we went to Primark, which is a scary place. Its a mix between WalMart and Target but with ten thousand more people. It was an interesting experience to say the least. After we went to Portobello Road and shopped through the thousands of vendors. Today we went on a picnic in Kensington Gardens. We hit up the little bakery right down the street for sandwiches and the fruit vendor as well. We enjoyed the sun and read As You Like It out loud to each other. Overall a great weekend. This week is a full one, we have tree plays and two tests so Lots to do! I cannot believe we are more then half way done with the program. We are going to jam pack everything we have yet to do in these last couple weeks!