Published: July 14th 2010
July 14th 2010
Day two and I'm ready! Got up at 9am, filled up on the free breakfast, and took off for the Natural History Museum. It was a gigantic, cathedral-like building who's architecture screamed archaic knowledge. From the to-scale animal models (including un unbelievably large blue whale) to a largely interactive section on human development, the musuem was not only informative but also extremely entertaining. Oh, and it was free!!!
From there I went to the Victoria & Albert Museum. It had a few nice statues, but I got bored with it fast so I headed on to the Science Museum. That is, if I could find it. After 30minutes of looking, I gave up and went back to the hostel for lunch, prepared by yours truly from grocery store items. Prepared food in London is eye-poppingly expensive (you'll pay at least $10 for a small meal) and therefore out of my budget. But the supermarket caters to Londoners and is much cheaper. Two cans of soup, two apples, and six bannanas costs £4 and is more than enough for two lunches. Bon Appetite!
After lunch I looked for the Science Museum a bit more, gave up, and headed for the Picadilly Circus. A "Circus" in British English is actually a large shopping area, and the Picadilly was a fine example of this. Filled with electronic billboards, souvenire stands, and chic shops and eateries, it was quite reminiscent of Times Square in New York. It was pretty fascinating, although I liked Leicester Square down the street a lot better. I picked up a souvenir for Peter ( I'm meeting him along w/Brenand, Madhu, and Ethan in Germany) and then headed to my bed. I think the jet lag finally caught up with me b/c as soon as I got back I fell right to sleep.