Published: February 1st 2006January 10th 2006
Well, I apologize for not updating sooner, but I have had quite a busy week. And also my computer is being retarded; you see it doesn't charge when I need it to charge. And other times, I will have it plugged into the outlet and converter and it still won't be charging and then it will just die, so I have decided, now that it is charged to update as much as I can. So, on Tuesday again I had class. The class today was Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature with Bryan Ridgers! He is truly an amazing professor and really knows what he is talking about. We had class from 9-1230. We are going to read Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night and Macbeth and then various poems. And a lot of the history around Shakespeare and Elizabethan Culture relates to the Tudor Dynasty and the Reformation, which by the way is still very much alive today.
After class, I then decided to walk around Kensington Gardens and took many pictures. One of my favorite things in Kensington Gardens is the Prince Albert Memorial. Prince Albert was married to Queen Victoria and after he died a premature death, she went into a deep
depression and in fact wore black for the rest of her reign. However, in order to bring her back to popularity, someone on the court suggested that she have a memorial commissioned in his memory. It was very elaborate and beautiful. And that about sums up my Tuesday!
Wednesday, I had my Shakespeare class rescheduled until 6pm. So, Jacqueline and I went to the Tate Modern and the National Gallery. Very Cool! Both of them. My favorite was the national gallery. It was a bit disappointing, though to see that they only had 5 Raphael's, as he is my favorite artist. I guess I'll just have to go to Italy to see the rest!!! Anyways, afterwards, we decided to take a bus back. So, we got on a double-decker bus. And then immediately he pulled to the side and sat there. The driver turned the engine off and shut off the lights. So, we went down below to see what he was doing. He responded that his shift was over and we had to get off. Thank goodness we have the oyster card or that little adventure would have cost us $3/1.5#. So, then we found the correct bus, but
is sure was funny to have had that happen. So, I got back and turned right back around to go to my class. But it wasn't a real class it was a field trip. We met at Embankment Station for the tube and we walked around what would have been London in Shakespeare’s time. It was kind of amazing to see how the Londoners have controlled the Thames. And it still boggles my mind how much people traveled around in an era when it wasn't the easiest thing to do.
Thursday was my first History of Britain class. This will definitely be easy, thanks to Mr. Timm! And I guess thanks to me for being interested in the Subject matter. However the class is as easy as making easy Mac. Just a bit disappointed, again, that I am not going to be going into as much depth as I would like. Eh, but whatever...Then on Friday, I again had History of Britain. And we took a field trip!!! We went to the national Portrait gallery to look at the various Monarchs and civilians that will be especially important to our studies. I really liked that gallery as well. There was
SO much history. Honestly, I feel like I am still in a dream because there is so much history. It is a bit hard, though, to even fathom the richness and fullness of the Country's history. But it is quite fascinating how is resonates still today! I love it, I love it, and I love it!!!
There are more photos below