Friday, July 5, 2013

Living La Vida London: Day 21

I am so tired from today that I almost skipped writing this.
Believe it or not, I got a little sunburnt from taking a boat tour on the Thames and walking around the more "hipster" part of London near the Tate Modern Art Museum. Here are some shots from my adventure over there.

The first thing I discovered was that there is a small beach type area just off the walkway, so I walked myself down there to get closer to the disgusting death water that's probably infested with all manner of disease and mutated fish. I discovered a lot of razors and razor blades on the shoreline, but I also found some shells and sea glass. I'm looking at you, mum. I got you some sand as well!

As you walk down the shore, you'll find a funny musician in the water playing his guitar and singing. When I walked up, he said, "This next song's for all of you recovering Roman Catholics." and I laughed. He was actually pretty good; in other words, he plays the weird kind of folk/rock stuff I really like.

There were so many books near the main part of the action on the walkway. There were probably ten or so of these long rows of tables and they were lined with books! 

And now we come to some of my favorite kind of art: street art. Some people call it graffiti, I call it art. What made it even more awesome was that there were English skaters who were actually pretty good, just tearing it up. I guess you would say they were "shredding" or something, but I don't really speak that language.

Fun fact: I apparently love to take pictures of signs. I suppose my life has just kind of reached that point.

This happens to be the best apple juice I've ever had. I got it freshly squeezed right on the walkway.

This is where the pictures from my boat tour begin. The picture immediately below this is of an ancient Egyptian obelisk given to Britain after they beat France. It's over 3,000 years old, and the former aspiring Egyptologist in me demanded that I take a picture.

 The name of a boat passing by... 'MERICA is what it should read.

The Shard has become one of my favorite things in London. I don't think I'll go to the top of it this time around, but I plan on actually going inside the next time I come.

I'm only slightly obsessed with London's City Hall. I would love to work in that building, not as the mayor or anything. Probably just as a temp or something. Or maybe I'll just wander in there and hang out until they force me to leave. Long story short, every other town hall is lame in comparison.

I've discovered that of all the things I love about London (speaking strictly of structures) Big Ben and it's clock tower are my favorite. I think that I could just wander around the city and see all these amazing things, but if I saw Big Ben at any point in time, I would stop to take its picture. 

So here we are. Another play, and this one really was the best one I've seen the entire time I've been here. It's called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and everything about it was outstanding. It's apparently a book, so I'll have to add that to my list of things to read. I would recommend that you do the same.

This amazing photo is of the star of the show, Luke Treadaway. He plays a fifteen year old boy with Asperger Syndrome, but I would like to point out that he doesn't actually have it. Or any other mental issues... except for the one that caused him to pull the "ugly face for a photo" bit, which is usually my job. I think this photo is cool and that's all that matters.

 And we'll just end with a couple of posters with quotes from the play on them. This is yet another example of me not having enough self-control to pull away from taking these pictures.

Tomorrow I am off to Wales for the day and will likely be completely exhausted by the time I return. I will also have been to Wales, so that's nice. 


  1. Sea glass and sand?!!! I am so dang excited! You are a thoughtful child!!! Thank you for thinking of me!!! Can't wait to see you on Monday! I love you.

    1. I was surprised that I found sea glass (I guess it's technically river glass)on the banks of the river, but it was there! Large pieces of it, too. It's actually very relaxing to sit along the banks, even if it is the filthy Thames River.