London: Weeks 4, 5, and 6

It’s been quite awhile since my last post, and for that I apologize. Things have just gotten busier and busier, and I haven’t had much time for things like blog posts or sleep. Not that I’m complaining – I certainly haven’t been bored! It’s just that I have three weeks to cover in this post instead of one or two. So fasten your seatbelts, folks: we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.

We’ve seen five plays since my last post: Man and Superman, La Traviata (which taught me, unsurprisingly, that opera is not really my thing), Love’s Labours Won (an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing), Romeo and Juliet, and Antigone. Shockingly enough, Romeo and Juliet has ended up being my favorite thing we’ve seen so far. I hated the play when I read it in high school, but this particular interpretation of it was extremely impressive. We saw it at a fringe theatre (a fringe theatre is a small, unsubsidized theatre that is often experimental in style), so it was admittedly kind of strange, but I enjoyed it a lot because it was such a unique and creative take on something so well known. I would happily see it again if I had the time.

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On our London History and Culture (LHC) walking tours and day trips, we have visited the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Wesley Chapel, Greenwich (where I stood on the Prime Meridian!), and Hampton Court Palace. LHC is taught by a husband-wife team of two blue badge guides (professional UK tour guides). The husband, Donald Rumbelow, is considered an expert in Jack the Ripper lore, and we got to participate in one of his acclaimed Jack the Ripper walks this Thursday night. We also visited Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare) on our two non-LHC day trips.

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Saturday a week ago was our open day for the month of March. I decided to spend the day by myself, and it was lovely. I explored Kingston and did some shopping before seeing an AFC Wimbledon game in the afternoon (they won, by the way). Everything about the day was wonderful. I was glad to have some time alone, I got to visit some cute little shops that I haven’t been to before, and I supported the football (American soccer) team sponsored by the Nerdfighter community.

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The end of this past week marked the halfway point of the trip. I can’t believe I’ve been here for six full weeks already and only have that many more to go. I am so grateful to have been blessed with this incredible opportunity, and I can’t wait to see what else lies in store!

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