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London Again!

Yup, I headed back to London after visiting Morgan in Bath. But this time around, I was staying with a friend. His name was Tom and I met him in Malaysia. I actually met him in the first 2 weeks of my Asia trip so we had a lot to catch up on after not seeing each other for almost a year. He picked me up at the train station in London and we went back to his house to drop my bags off. He was actually just back from University so we stayed with his mom, and younger brother and sister. It was a lot of fun and felt a bit like home! We headed back into London for the afternoon. We first visited the Tate Modern, a modern art museum, which was interesting. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting. Almost all the exhibits seemed to be extremely political but it did give me a bit more of an appreciation for modern art as I think it conveyed the political messages really well. On the top floor of the Tate Modern, there is a 360-degree deck where you can see all of London so we got some great views. After that, we walked just down the river to the Globe Theater. I considered buying tickets to a play but decided not to because I didn't know the play well and I felt like it would have been difficult to understand if I didn't know the story ahead of time. After the Globe Theater, we walked to the Borough Market which was like a very fancy farmers market. The bread there smelled so good! I ended up getting a samosa though. Then we headed back to his house for dinner with his family and their old Au Pair who was living in London.

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The next day we got an early start to go to the British Museum. I loved it! We saw tons of galleries including Africa, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Europe. I saw the Rosetta Stone, but only from a distance because there were so many people crowding around it. I think my favorite galleries were in the Europe section. We saw one about 17th or 18th-century clockwork and watches. The clocks were made so intricately and lots of them included positions of the earth, sun, and moon. The other exhibit that I loved was seeing 18th-century jewelry which included several tiaras from English nobles. After the British Museum, we headed to the Camden Market, kind of like a permanent street fair, to grab some lunch. It took us forever to decide but we finally settled on some sort of pasta. We walked around the market for a while because it was so big. After that, we went to Coal Drop Yard which used to be where they would ship coal from but had been recently converted into a really nice shopping center. We sat there for a while because we were pretty exhausted. Then we walked pass Kings Cross Station where we stopped inside to see platform 9 and 3/4. It was definitely cooler in the movie. Then we headed to Hyde Park but we got off the train a few stops too early and ended up on Oxford/Regent Street, where Tom's old Au Pair worked so we stopped in to say hi. After that, we continued on our way to Hyde Park and sat and watched the tourists, locals, swans, ducks, geese, pigeons, and other unidentifiable birds. Then we headed back to his house again for dinner with his mom, brother, and sister. Overall, two very busy but very fun days in London.

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Posted by Ilana'sGapYear 08:27 Archived in England

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Very awesome!

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