Friday, April 30, 2010

Day Two

So there is one thing about this flat I cannot understand. We have one insy mirror in our bathroom. And there are no plugs whatsoever in the bathroom. And I'm too short to actually reach the mirror. I can see from the eyes up. So basically doing my hair has been an adventure (besides possibly blowing up the blow dryer on the first try) so for any future pictures that you see of me you will now understand why my hair looks the way it does haha.

So when I was little I read the Amber Brown books and Amber Brown went everywhere. She went to Rome, she went to New York, and she went to London. She goes to see Big Ben in London and I remember thinking that one day I was going to go see Big Ben too. Well yesterday was the day!

We also saw the London Eye, the parliament building,and Westminster Abbey (and bridge). There were people striking outside the Parliament building against the war in Iraq. They were living in tents!

I'm finally understanding the tube system which really isn't as hard the map makes it look but we've still been lost a few times. We couldn't find the theater last night for Phantom of the Opera and it was starting and then my friend Britt threw her ticket away and only had the reciept, but we finally made it in. I was so excited to see it! Everyone else had already seen it on Broadway. I felt like I had already seen it too because I think I know the words to every song! It was so awesome.

My favorite part was when the Phantom lays on this gold sculpture thing while Christine and Raol sing All I Ask of You and then he pops up and starts singing and then he stands all the way up at the end of the song and the sculpture thing moves up( I would probably fall off if it was me)to the very top of the stage and then he jumps off onto this little ledge thing and keeps singing. Wow.

This is an illegal picture I took of the chandelier during intermission and one of the workers started yelling that pictures WERE NOT allowed in the theater( I wasn't the only one) but I was glad I did because I liked hearing his accent. (that's why I couldn't get a better one...this one is awful sorry.)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

London for the first time!

This is Miriam,me,Katie,and Annalee just getting off the plane and trying to find the Heathrow Express (inspiration for the Hogwarts Express?)We are just as tired as we look! It was a long, long plane ride. I sat by this funny black guy who was moving to London! He had been "commuting" from Washington D.C. to London every couple of weeks because his wife lived in London and he was still working in America. I've been planning this trip to London for so long it was weird to me that for some people flying to London was an everyday event.

Did you know that London people like to be called "English" and not "British"? And that they call the middle part of a man's suit sweater vests? The things you learn sitting next to random airplane seat mates.

So there's this scene in Parent Trap where Lindsay Lohan is driving in a cab through the London streets and I felt like I was living in that scene! I almost started singing the song too but decided to just take everything in instead.

We saw people who looked like boy scouts riding through Hyde Park.

And cars driving on the wrong side of the street. (And the cab driver drove on the wrong side of the car just like the movies) And we passed Notting Hill Drive or Notting Hill Street or Notting Hill something.
And all of us screamed when we saw the "flats" where we will be living for the next six weeks.

It's kind of weird that I'm hearing the noise of cabs and double decker buses and people out on the streets of London right now outside my window!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So I'm going to take a little "Blog Break" over finals. I need some extra "London cash" so I'm going to try to work forty hours over finals and then say adios to the BYU Bookstore. But once I'm in London-- its a different story-- and I'm going to blog a lot since I won't have a phone to talk to anyone. So stay tuned. I leave April 27! Can't wait!

Blog Evaluation

I loved reading blogs even before I took this class. It definitely was a guilty pleasure some days when I should have been doing homework...
But it's different being on the other side of the computer because you don't know exactly who your audience is. One good thing about this blog is that you know your classmates are going to be reading it so you have something to say. It's been really fun to read other people's blogs and get to know them in a way you wouldn't get to in class.

It's funny that when you know you have to write about your life, you start noticing things in it that you hadn't seen before. And I've taken a lot more pictures this semester than last semester which has been so great! I've always been a journal writer but this has been a little bit different-- it's more creative which makes it more challenging and but more fun.

My very favorite part of the blog has been the comments. I love throwing an idea out there and then hearing other people's ideas. I've really enjoyed blogging. It was a lot easier to come up with ideas to blog about than I thought it would be. I'm definitely going to keep going.