Woah, what. I’ve been here for six weeks already and haven’t blogged at all yet? Uhm. Err, yes, well… ‘m sorry.
What I’m doing here? Studying. For a year. Where? In East London. Why? Because I can!
I’m (only?) in my second year, but I really desperately wanted to go to England, so I ignored the Erasmus programme and set it all up myself – and here I am!
I definitely like the studies, but I’ve been hit by the usual autumnal lethargy, so I haven’t really gone on many adventures yet. Yet!
In the first week though I went to Westminster Abbey. £13 admittance fee, ouch. It’s very beautiful, though. I have to say though, as long as it’s still open to the tourists, it’s less breathtaking than you would think. Many people, lots of noise, a lot of “tourism”. We stayed for the evensong though, which can be attended by anyone free of charge. At this point the Abbey was completely empty and the size could take its imposing effect on you. The evensong itself was absolutely gorgeous as well.
It wasn’t allowed to take any pictures in the Abbey itself, so we had to make do with the backyard. Which was pretty enough.
And, well. I’m aware that Westminster Abbey is the church in which most British monarchs were crowned, married and burried. I happily listened to the audio guide as it went on about the tombs of the several Henries and Edwards, and still didn’t realise what this would also mean: that the tomb of Elizabeth I., AKA my favourite queen, AKA huge inspiration for me, would also be in the Abbey. So when the audio guide told me to “go left to see the tomb of Elizabeth I.” t was my cue to get all teary-eyed.
Another day I went to the Natural History Museum. The best thing about London museums – and I think British museums in general? – are that most of them have free admittance, apart form special exhibitions. Culture for free! And since I love dinosaurs more than (almost) anything, I just had to go to the NHM.
To be honest: it’s entertaining, big, and yes, rpetty cool, but the dinosaur exhibit was a tad disappointing. It was darkened to create an oh-so-scary atmosphere and you had to go onto this bridge. That bridge leads you above the “smaller” part of the dino exhibit, i.e. the small findings such as eggs, claws, etc., and to the left and right of the bridge the dinosaur skeletons were suspended on wire ropes. I prefer my dinos accessible, almost-touchable (just almost!) and to stand in front of to take pictures. See that sabre-tooth tigre picture above.
I also couldn’t find much about anthropology, so the history of man. That might just be because I blindly walked past it, because we (especially my company) were more interested in dinosaurs and marine reptiles. There was definitely a biology department which we briefly walked through, but nothing about our ancestory. Which really must have been there. This calls for another visit, doesn’t it?
Darwin and I are bros, yo.