Ok, that’s not EXACTLY what we saw… but we did see a lot of cool things this weekend!
Friday, January 29, 2012:
After spending the morning in the flat looking up spring break prices and destinations, Laura, Kayla and I made a delicious lunch, and then headed to the London Eye! A group of GLS and FSU kids had left earlier in the day to go to Tate Modern and South Bank, but, due to so some last minute plans, we decided to just meet them at the London Eye. After walking for a little over an hour and waiting for about half an hour, we finally found our GLS group, and we all rode the Eye! It was AMAZING. The view was spectacular, and it couldn’t have been a prettier day.
After the ride was over, we went walking to find the Tube Station because everyone was exhausted. On the way there, Kathryn decided that she wanted to go to M&M World! OBVIOUSLY, I wasn’t going to not go to M&M World, so I went with her along with Kayla, Laura, and Ashley. The first thing we noticed when we got there an American flag in the window, so we felt at home! When we went in, the atmosphere was AMAZING! There was fun music, bright colors, and chocolate EVERYWHERE. (Basically, a little piece of heaven fell from the sky and landed in London in the form M&M World.) The four floor wonderland had us mesmerized. We took a ton of pictures and, you know, did the Macorina (and other random dances) in middle of the store. No one thought we were tourists AT ALL; we were obviously trying (and succeeding) to fit in.
After we left M&M World, we got turned around and ended up in China Town. It was almost dinner time, and we all decided that, as much as wanted spaghetti for the fifth time of the week, we should eat in China Town! So we went to a place called “The Friendly Inn” and ate Chinese food for dinner. It was fabulous!
Saturday, January 29, 2012:
The alarm went off, and I groaned. I was SO EXHAUSTED from the busy day before, and 7:40 had come SO early! But I got up (and got bundled up) so I wouldn’t miss my train to Oxford. After riding the Tube to Paddington Station, we were crammed in a very small train with A LOT of people. There were five of use traveling together, and I ended up sitting by myself. (And when I say by myself, I mean with two random people… seats were sparse! I sat next to a little girl and a man who LEGITIMATELY looked like Einstein. I wanted to say something to him, but I was intimidated.) After an hour long train ride, we were there and headed straight to the bus stop so we could go tour the Kilns – aka C.S. Lew’s house!
The tour was about an hour, and it was FANTASTIC. I learned so much about C.S. Lewis and his life and family. (I also turned the same door handle C.S. Lewis would have! It was the only original door handle left in the house.)
After the tour of the house, we went to the lake and garden that was on his property then walked over to Holy Trinity Church, (where C.S. attended) and saw his grave. It was very humbling to walk in the same footsteps as a man that still has such an influence, even today!
We met up with everyone that toured the city after our tour was over at the Eagle and Child, a pub that has been around since 1690 , to eat lunch. It was fabulous! After that, we went to Saint John’s College and Saint Mary’s College, then, we finally headed to Christ Church College! (In case you were wondering, this is one of the colleges where Harry Potter was filmed and inspired a lot of the sets! We got to go into the dinig hall where Harry ate! Ahhhh) It was a memorable experience to say the least!
We finally got back to the train station only to find out our train had been delayed, but we eventually got home. It was a pretty easy going night. I Skyped people from home, and enjoyed recuperating from the long day.
Just before Laura, Kayla, and I were about to go to bed, I saw it: a mouse run into our room! It hid behind the wardrobe then ran under the beds… we heard it behind the dresser then saw it run under the bed again. We tried to capture it for about an hour then fell asleep in fear. Did I mention we’ve already caught one mouse in a trap in the kitchen? Wonderfullll! Updates to come about the mouse situation!
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