On my final day, I resolved not to spend any money except for food and souvenirs. So I went museum touring, which are all free thanks to the graciousness of the city.
First stop, the British Museum. I was duly impressed. The outside was like the typical columned façade white-stone type like the Met and all the other very large museums. The inside…was gorgeous.
I apologize in advance for the length of this post. I did a lot on that day.
This day was basically Shirley on touring bloodlust. That is the only way I can explain how I managed to go everywhere. In summary, I went to the Monument, Tower Hill, Tower Bridge Experience, Design Museum, London Bridge, London Bridge horror tour or whatever that’s called, Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Jewel Tower, St. Paul’s, and Shakespeare’s Globe. I bought this London Pass which promised access to all the major attractions, which is A LIE because there’s a spending limit to the places I could visit which I found out at the last minute. Still, a good bargain overall.
This post was made possible by McDonalds, British Museum and the Tate Modern in order for pictures to slowly upload and content to be written meticulously on my iPod. Thank you, free wifi services. I’m leaving London tomorrow morning, however, and will be in the hands of even more unreliable web connections of China. Oh internet, I am so addicted to you.
Obligatory picture from plane
When I (safely) arrived in Heathrow Airport, it really hit me that I was here. In England. I was particularly impressed by how nice everyone was. The man at the airport was extremely patient even when I was being ridiculous and very confused in asking for directions. (His accent may have made me lose my concentration a bit…)
To my surprise, I experienced a culture shock. Stupid of me, of course, London being in a completely different country and all, but being suddenly addressed as “miss” in a British accent made me feel like I was in a movie. Then walking out and finding the buses red and the skies rainy gray made me think wow, am I in a movie? I felt like the girl in Parent Trap, when she goes into London for the first time. The song There She Goes was totally playing in the background at the same time.