Today was a day where all your plans just fail. you have two choices when this happens. you can a) be upset and grumble or b)make an adventure of it.
we chose b.
to start off the failures. today we were supposed to go to brighton. this didnt happen. now how did we get to the point of not going to brighton you ask. well it started with an early morning run through hyde park and bridal boot camp on the lawn- which resulted in us being covered by the fluff fluffs. then home to shower and get ready, which always seems to take longer than one would have hoped. also our internet stopped working so homework couldnt be submitted, weather checked, or travel information checked. another girl in the program was planning on coming with us to brighton but she hadnt finished her paper, so we had to leave without her. on the way to the tube station we were freezing so we stopped in H&M, and Cali and I got hoodies which were 2 for 1 to help us stay warm. we finally got to the tube stations and the trains werent running because of engineering work. the cold windy weather and the delay we would face in trying to get there, and the fact we wanted to be home early to go to a show, resulted in us deciding not to go.
blessing in disguise: i had woken up that morning at 7 to write my paper before we left for brighton, and was able to submit it before the internet stopped working. waking up early stunk but i didnt have to worry about it later.
once the decision not to go was made, we decided to meet up with the group who was going to the sherlock holmes museum, and we figured going back to the flat would just be a waste of time. so we jumped on the nearest bus hoping it would take up to another tube stop that did have trains running. we eventually found a tube stop, but the line we need was- you guessed it. closed. the overground was running from that station, but we had never been on it and we werent sure if our oyster cards would work. but as part of the adventure, we tried it and it worked. here is the adventure continued by photos.
|on the overground. it was a much nicer ride than the underground.|
|because of the detour we passed the BBC broadcasting buildings. it was a huge complex|
|we finally made it to baker street. so we had to bake something of course. this is us baking the pizza Hitch style.|
|when we walked out of the tube station there were tons of police officers.|
|we finally made it to the sherlock holmes museum|
|the gift shop was almost more entertaining that the museum itself (actually in my opinion it might have been more) there were pipes|
|sherlock holmes hats|
|a mini violin- my parents always pretend to play a mini violin when you complain, this would be perfect for them- there were also these really neat crank music boxes but it wasnt worth the money but we had a lot of fun playing with them|
|we then had to wait in line to go into the house, but there was a sweet police officer dressed man who set us up for a photo op. dont we look just like holmes and watson?|
|an old newspaper.|
|This wax boy was standing at the top of the stairs and about gave me a heart attack|
|we got to sign sherlock's guest book. it was fun to see where everyone was from. there were people from India, Italy, France, and the USA|
|the little wax boy was the least of our problems. on the top floor there were tons of wax figures from cases. they were so creepy. there was a woman shooting her husband, this guy who was shot, a man in prison, a mummy. very weird.|
|old suitcases in the attic.|
after the sherlock holmes museum we ventured next door to the beatles shop. It was fun to just look around. they had shirts, purses, posters, you name it. anything you could ever want with the beatles faces' on them.
on our way back to the tube we past a patisserie which looked delicious, we just stood and stared until the worker asked us if he could help us and we realized we should probably eat lunch first. with a promise of return, we went on a search for a good place for lunch.
|heaven in a window.|
|yummy bbq chicken sandwich, we were realizing how starved for protein we have been. it was good to have some meat.|
|cali looking all european outside of the bagel factory.|
|elly got a napoleon|
|cali got chocolate cake|
|and I got strawberry cheesecake. no worries we all shared.|
we were off to "End of the Rainbow" and were so efficient in getting there, and then the supposed sold out show had three open tickets right smack dab in the middle. someone had returned their tickets. we then went and grabbed dinner in the hour we had before the show, and finished and were in our seat with 10 minutes to spare.
|new cardigan. only five pounds. i love.|
|cali got a yummy veggie pizza that was huge- she forced us to help her eat it. it was scruptious|
|elly got an omelette that was the best thing she had ever tasted. it was deep fried. hello london.|
|i got the potato skins appetizer because it was cheap and sounded delicious. probably not the healthiest choice- but yum yum|
|outside the venue.|
|my purse is the size of china. meaning everyone put their chocolate in my bag. i was very tempted to make a run for it...so much chocolate in one bag.|
|cali got two huge chocolate bars (2 for 3 pounds) and elly and i both got 3 little carmel cadbury bars (3 for 1.20)|
also random fact- they had the smallest most compact bathroom in the world. but really where there would have been two stalls they had four.
|at the show.|
* cali always makes fun of me for saying boughten- she says it isnt a word, but you should say i bought rather than i had boughten. lame. but today when she was talking to sean- she said boughten. she will never live down this day
* we saw a ridiculous number of people dressed up today. we saw a girl with a mustache and a top hat, a boy with a 6-sided die for a head, and many an animal- london is weird
* there was a moon walk that cali really wanted to do that passed by our flat, we saw a bunch of people going to it and they had sweet shirts with pink bras on them (it was for breast cancer) that was cali's motivation for wanting to do it