Two days here and I love this place
Getting into to London on our first day it took a little time to find the Travelodge, where we are currently staying. We couldn’t check in until noon so we went and grabbed breakfast at this place around the corner. It was an awesome sit outside breakfast place. Everything moves slower here, and you have to call over your waiter to pay for your meal. It is very different from American because they just want you to enjoy your meal. Not so much about the in and out. We then quickly checked in and headed to the Globe theatre for a performance of Antony and Cleopatra where we paid five pounds to stand like “groundlings” in front of the stage. The show was incredible…even though it was pouring down rain. (There is no roof above where we were standing.) So we opted out of staying for the second act because after traveling for an entire day… standing outside wet in the rain wasn’t so awesome. We went around town and checked out a few local shops and then made it back to the hotel for some fish and chips. Surprisingly I tried the fish and actually liked it! Later on, Dan and I traveled down to Oxford circle to check out the Puma store they have here, and then stopped for a refreshment at a local favorite called “Shakespeare’s Head”. The last major event of our first day was the Underground trains closed at midnight so we had to find a bus to bring us back near to Kings Cross.
Slept in on day two because being up for nearly an entire day is a little exhausting… and went to this place for breakfast…you have heard of it, McDonald’s. We then went to go find if there were nay tickets for shows, but everything was pretty pricy. We then decided to tour the area of Leicester. One of the coolest places we have been. We were in St. James Square where I was a part of a two man dance crew street show. This guy jumped over me and four others sitting on the ground in a row. Then we took some great pictures pictures in the middle in St. James Square, and then began walking through this park near the Buckingham Palace. Which we then went to and saw some of the guards marching around. Then trucked back to the park where we took a nap in some very comfortable chairs. After seeing a poster for the show “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” (It is one of my favorite books) decided to go to the theatre where they actually had cheaper seats available at the box office. It was one of my favorite shows I have seen in a long time. And it is currently in works in NYC for Broadway. The same director and creative team are currently rehearsing with the cast. The transition from book to stage was absolutely incredible and done with so much precision. I was so captivated by the acting, lighting, set and movement. After the show got to meet the Graham Butler who played Christopher at the stage door and go to talk with him for a couple minutes. The question that has been asked a lot is, “So where are you from?” Clearly we don’t appear to be from London…but we got to talking that we are hear for the Edinburgh festival and it was cool to hear that people over here are just as excited about it! Getting up early to take in a few more local spots then will be on board the train to Edinburgh! As they say in London, cheers!