Happy Friday, everyone! How was your week?
Thanks to everyone who wished LLL a happy blogiversary yesterday! 🙂
This morning, I went to a meeting about Kingston University. There are six girls going there next semester, and my study abroad advisor wondered if I could meet up and answer their questions. Um, yes! It was a lot of fun…they were all so excited and nervous – I remember feeling like that! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a bit jealous of them right now! 😉
Anyway, I’m finally all caught up on my recaps from study abroad last year. Whew. Things (traveling, events, etc.) had really started picking up at this point, which is why I think I fell behind with my posts.
Today (in 2011) I had the chance to explore the Globe Theatre and Parliament – from a very VIP point of view. I’m so glad I took that British Life and Culture class…it opened up so many opportunities and I got to do things I normally would not have because of it.
Before meeting up with the rest of our class, my friends and I took some time along the river to take some pictures. It was such a stereotypical London day: gloomy, chilly, and gray. But I loved it. Plus, I actually think taking pictures works out better when it’s cloudy versus sunny, anyway.
The Globe Theatre
As I mentioned before, I love Shakespeare. In high school, I actually hated having to read his poems and sonnets, but I took a really great class on his work about two years ago, and fell in love. So being able to tour the Globe Theatre was very cool for me!
Our class was split up into groups, and each group got a tour guide that took us through the theatre.
Can you imagine having to “type” or “write” like this? The letters were so small, and they had to be placed in the press individually. They were also backward (mirrored), which made it that much more difficult.
We met our class at one of the gates just outside the building. We had to go through a security system that was very similar to an airport, and we each got these temporary photo IDs that we had to pin to our jackets/shirts. It was very high security – but I don’t blame them one bit!
As with many of the places I visited, I had limited picture-taking abilities. I was only able to take pictures of this huge hall that we first walked into.
The inside of the building was just amazing. There is so much history to it; it was almost too much to take in. We also got a run-down on how the British Parliament (government) works, which was very interesting.
If it wasn’t for that class, I would have never had the chance to actually go inside Parliament. I still can’t believe it!