Published: July 17th 2010
July 17th 2010
Since my last post, I've seen a bunch of interesting places of which I can recall off the top of my head a few.
The Wellcome Collection: It definitely stands out. A pharmaceutical company invested £30million into creating this place, and it shows! The place is first a museum of the human anatomy and it's various ailments and cures and second an art gallery. There are a few boring exhibits that show things like cures to malaria and how they found the human genome, but most of the exhibits are anatomically-based art. From sculptures depicting the woes of obesity to those illustrating the artist's impression of human genitalia, they accomplish the dual tasks of being both educational and artistic. There's even a station that collects pictures of the faces of visitors and then calculates the 'average' face. It finds averages both for all the faces and those in categories like male/female, drinker/non-drinker, exerciser/non-exerciser, etc. If you're ever in London, you have got to see this place (but don't bring little kids, seriously)!
London's Parks and Squares: They're fantastic, 'nuff said. The government invests a ton into these places of green amazement and it pays off hugely. The parks are perfect for long strolls and lying down in the cool and breezy London weather. All the squares have nice monuments at the center, sometimes a fountain, and it's great to sit down on one of the benches and read a book amidst the birds and passerbys.
London's Circus's: If you like shopping, they're for you. Especially the bigger ones like Picadilly, they resemble Times Square in NYC. They're designed like squares in their circular shape, but instead of trees and statues they have shops upon shops upon souvenir stands. And they're very congested. I personally did not enjoy them, but it's probably because I don't like shopping in general (although Harrod's was pretty nice to visit).
Science Museum: If you haven't been to a ton of museums beforehand and/or your a kid, you will like this place. I didn't fit either category, so it wasn't for me. There are a lot of exhibits on steam power and space explorations and some very well-done representations of modules and rockets. There's an computer-based exhibit that explores human identity, but they're pretty simplistic and cheesy so only a child will find a good amount of entertainment in this one.
Today I arrived at the Brownlie's house. We chatted about Myself, my parents, and life in England and the USA. We shared a very nice Shabbat dinner in which I had real fish for the first time in years (gotta love a sea-bound country for that). Then it was off the bed.
That's it, have nice day!