Published: June 21st 2012June 20th 2012
Her Majesty's Theatre
Only the best for The Phantom of the Opera!
Today I learned an important London Life Lesson--not all umbrellas are created equally. I thought I had a pretty sturdy umbrella until I saw people walking around with those cane-type umbrellas. I thought that was a little aggressive until it started to rain. It was quite the blustery day today and this silly old bear had no rain boots and my umbrella is now on the verge of being broken.
On a happier note, today we went to go see Phantom of the Opera at none other than Her Majesty's Theatre. This theatre changes names every time a new king or queen comes in. So, when someone new takes over they get to choose the name of it. We sat pretty far back because we paid less than 20 pounds to see it, but we were still able to see and hear everything. Well, except for the fact that the couple in front of us were pretty distracting. At one point, the guy turned to his girlfriend and said "what's going on in this play?" pretty loudly, to which I had to refrain from yelling back "if you stop sucking on her face for five seconds, you might have a
Phantom of the Opera
One of my two favorite musicals!
clue". Seriously, you're going to pay all that money and then make out the entire play? Such a disgrace to the arts. And, to be perfectly honest, I don't want to see that. The best part though was at the end of the musical, Elena, Mila, and I did a standing ovation with the rest of the audience minus that one couple, and the guy turned around and said "seriously?"
Anyways, the Phantom of the Opera was good as always. You'd think I'd get tired of seeing the same musicals over and over again but they're just so good every time. The girl who played Christine had a really awesome voice. Actually, the entire cast was awesome minus the woman that played Madame Giry (acting wasn't a strong suit for her).
I'm finally getting into the swing of things in London and acting like a somewhat grown up adult. I had a semi mid-life crisis yesterday because I woke up early t omake breakfast and pack my lunch before walking to work, and on the way home I went grocery shopping so I could cook myself dinner. I'm getting too old.
Unfortunately, I was raised
Phantom of the Opera
Our view minus the couple in front of us with their faces glued together.
in a household where both my parents usually provide me with an edible meal every night for dinner, meaning I never cook. I'm a little better than Rachel, who somehow manages to mess up brownies every time without fail, but my skills stop at cookies. Luckily, I found out that you can get half of a chicken (pre-cooked!), a salad (pre washed!), and rice (microwavable) at the local grocery store for a grand total of 3 pounds. And the best part is that it's enough to last two dinners. Not a bad meal for 1.50!
We're also starting to settle into our internships a little more. The security guard at work is now our best friend, after not being off to a great start with him the first couple of days. We also get to travel during the week to other BT and Openreach locations around the UK, and of course that means we'll have to take the train out of King's Cross Station!
I think my favorite thing about London is that there is always something to do and people everywhere. We've met a lot of cool people so far, especially at the pubs after work. We
My Walk to Work
This is what I pass every day on the way to work. Not too shabby.
went to a pub to watch the England VS Ukraine soccer
"football" game and it was so much fun to be in that kind of atmosphere where everyone is really into it and suddenly the people next to you are your best friends. It almost made watching soccer bearable.
We've also tried out frozen yogurt, which is popular in the UK just like the US. It's pretty expensive, so I think it was a one time only thing, but we found this cool place called Snog. Only those of us who had read the Harry Potter books thought that the name was amusing. It had all of these lights and neon murals all around and the frozen yogurt was better than Pinkberry.
Besides having to cook for the first time on a regular basis, I'm also having to remember how to go to work five days a week unlike my usual Babson four day week and three day weekend. Life's rough when you're in London.