Hello from London!
After a whirlwind two days of travel and exploring London, my friend and I have successfully worn out our feet, Oyster Cards, and Sherlock Holmes fandom. We started with a bird's eye view of the city from The London Eye, walked through Westminster admiring architecture, took a photo outside Buckingham Palace, and then marched through Hyde Park to get back near our hotel. We ate a pub called the Monkey Puzzle. God bless the Brits.
This morning, we made our way to Abbey Road where we risked our lives while dodging traffic in hopes of snagging the perfect Abbey Road crossing picture. We wanted to go shopping, but decided to get off the tube at Baker Street and check out what Sherlock Holmes' home address had to offer. We ended up waiting an hour to get into the museum which you can thoroughly enjoy the entirety of in ten minutes. Dedication.
Afterwards, we shopped our way through the heart of London (beware of the the Liberty department store because it is giant and enticing in every way), we continued on what became a sort of Sherlock themed day and ended up in West End to see the new production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott. For any Sherlock fans out there, Scott played Moriarty in the latest BBC television show and his quirky, passionate, wild style of acting suits him well for the role of the semi-deranged Hamlet. The production is contemporary but maintains Shakespeare's original text, integrating modern technology with classic British theater. It was a magical day. Tomorrow we head to Nottingham to begin a three week seminar studying medieval British literature, language, and landscape. Shall be interesting.