Another long (but great) day today. We all woke up at 9:30 as an Iowa group and headed over to Liverpool Street to see all the Sunday markets. A lot of people around but I’m not much of a shopper so didn’t buy much. For lunch, though, I bought Paella from a little stand, which is a Spanish dish. I’ve never had it before but I had heard my Spanish teacher in high school talk a little about it. It was rice with shrimp, and some different types of vegetables. It was pretty good to try, but I probably wouldn’t get it again.
From here we took the tube down to Westminster and took a boat tour. The tour took us all the way down to Greenwich. Took about an hour to get there, going past the London Eye, Tower of London, London Bridge, the Globe, and many other famous sights. When we got to Greenwich, we had a tour guide take us around there. We saw a place I believe called Painter’s Hall which was used as the royal navy’s dining hall for many, many years. All the walls and ceilings were painted and actually told a story of one of the Kings with the pictures. After this, we went into this old chapel. We then walked up through a park and up a hill to the place that shows where the prime meridian runs. This hill had fantastic views of the city and the park. On this hill was a building with a red ball on it, and it was always used for everyone to set their clocks when they were coming into London on the river. The ball drops at exactly one o’clock every day, so the sailors would set their watches when they saw that.
We then took the boat back to Tower Bridge and looked around the Tower of London a bit. Our tour guide gave us more information on it. This castle is right in the middle of the city. Weird to see some huge modern buildings right behind a castle. It was about 5:30 by this time, so we all came back to Nido for the night. I’m exhausted yet again so I just went into the Cafe and watched soccer and worked on an assignment that I have due to Iowa about the experience here. I met a girl that goes to North Carolina, which is ironic because I had my Kansas shirt on at the time. She wasn’t too upset at me for that, even though Kansas did beat them in the Final Four this year.
That’s all for tonight. Time to go to bed and get ready for the real world again, not this touristy fantasy land. I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on how the job is going also.
Here are some more pictures of some of the sights.
One foot in Western Hemisphere, One foot in Eastern Hemishpere
Yuan (my roommate), Megan, and I
A few of the Iowans