Day 8 in Europe: London Bridge didn’t fall down

I actually managed to get up and around in a timely fashion today, and so we jetted off to Platform 9 3/4 for a quick picture that turned into a hassle because my camera decided to die in the most dramatic fashion possible.  All’s well, though, and I wore the Hufflepuff scarf with pride.  Even if I didn’t want to waste 10 pounds on the professional picture of it.

We are very mature adults, sometimes.  Not this time.

We are very mature adults, sometimes. Not this time.

Parliament and the Thames at high tide

Parliament and the Thames at high tide

Big Ben and I

Big Ben and I…sorry, eyes are closed?!

Then we went to the Science Museum.  Museums in London are mostly free, which is nice, but you are asked to pay a small donation in return.  We cheaped out and paid 1.25 pounds for the pair of us; not to be stingy, but neither of us had much money.  We skipped on the London Eye today because we realized it is way overpriced for our budgets.

Fat and fluffy pigeons on the Milenium Bridge

Fat and fluffy pigeons on the Milenium Bridge

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

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The Science Museum was pretty good, once you got past the many, many exhibits and their many, many signs.  As an interpreter, I found the signs to be a bit overwhelming and under-inspiring.  Once you go upstairs, though, the exhibits get a lot better.  My favorite exhibit was the one called “Who Am I?” and it was all about the things that make us human.  I learned that I think equally like a male and female, and that my last name is most common around Northern England, by Scotland (still not a super common name, though).

We walked some more after that, across the Westminster Bridge (by Big Ben and Parliament), down along the Jubilee Gardens path to London Bridge.  Contrary to popular belief, Tower Bridge is the iconic bridge with the big, beautiful towers.  London Bridge was pretty cool, but not as eye-catching.

with the London Towers in the background

with the London Towers in the background

The towers, on Tower Bridge

The towers, on Tower Bridge

London Bridge pigeon

London Bridge pigeon

Something something

Something something

I kept a quiet evening once we got back to the flat, packing, going through pictures, and watching Netflix while my friend is in class.  Soon I will be off on to my next adventure, but I will be flying solo (figuratively).  This portion of the vacation has flown by much too quickly!!!!  It’s good to be having fun, but not good when you don’t have enough time with your best friends.

Also, I dreamed I was at work last night.  Oh no!

Shakespeare's Globe.  Apparently it's famous...but I'd never heard of it before.

Shakespeare’s Globe. Apparently it’s famous…but I’d never heard of it before.

some church.  It looked really cool

some church. It looked really cool

Final thoughts on London:
-Oh, another rude foreigner.
-Fucking camera piece of shit
-It’s still cold
-It doesn’t smell that bad today, maybe?
-The Thames is much cooler when the tide is high.  Wow!
-How the heck do people design these buildings?!
-I might be getting used to this “milk in tea” thing.
-I want [name redacted] to come with me!!!!!!
-(inconsolable crying held back until tomorrow)

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About MurasakiOkapi

Work has taken over a huge portion of my life in recent years, but I am trying hard to get back in the habit of being at least marginally creative on a semi-regular basis. Other than that, I'm a nature enthusiast and love all animals. I try to see things from many perspectives, and live on the sustainable side. I wouldn't say I'm a positive person, but at the same time I don't tend to get too down about things.
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3 Responses to Day 8 in Europe: London Bridge didn’t fall down

  1. I love the Science Museum! Did you go to the launch pay downstairs? It’s supposed to be for kids, but it’s just too much fun to play with the experiments!

  2. I didn’t even know there was a fun experiment zone! Sad that we missed it! Thanks for the heads up 🙂

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