Adventures in London

A mostly pictorial story.

I decided to scrap my original blog plans of having a pre-written automatic update today, and thought I’d instead post a few pictures of my adventures with my friend C. in London. We came down by bus Friday afternoon to stay with one of her friends, and then yesterday we went out on the town.

First we went to the British Museum, because of course I had to see their Egyptian collection. Unfortunately, the mummy rooms were the most popular room in the whole museum, so getting a good or prolonged look at most of the funerary equipage was a bit difficult. Still, we saw several beautiful pieces, including…

Egyptian gold jewelry.

jewelry,

Two statuettes of maidservants from Deir el-Medina

statuettes from Deir el-Medina (See? This was totally a research trip!)

Large pharaonic bust.

and of course larger statues in the sculpture halls.

Pharaoh's head with finger pointing at nose.

C. had to pick the noses of all the statues (we copied a few poses too).

Me standing in front of the Parthenon statuary.

I had a major geek-out moment when we moved farther into the Classical rooms and I realized (because I’d forgotten) that the Parthenon Statuary was kept in the British Museum. Seeing statues and freezes which I had studied extensively during my undergrad was ridiculously exciting for me.

After the Museum, we decided to walk to Covent Garden. We got more than a bit lost, but along the way we saw some interesting folks, such as…

Yes, he's really hanging upside down while singing and playing guitar.

upside-down singing-man,

Really, he was quite a good Jack Sparrow impersonator

and the Jack Sparrow impersonator.

Finally we returned to C.’s friend’s house to rest, eat, and get dressed up for the Steampunk Sizzler which we had come down to attend. It was a lot of fun, and we enjoyed ourselves, despite the fact that we didn’t know anyone else (a lot of folks in the “Scene” knew each other already) and we were both considerably younger than most of the other attendees. They also had several steampunk bands, which was fun, including Ghostfire who sort of began the genre.

Lead singer for Ghostfire.

And that was day one of the grand London adventure! Today promises to be rather quieter, and tomorrow we return to the north, and I throw myself feverishly into the Dissertation again.

Thought for the Week: “By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.” Samuel Johnson

Currently Reading: Modern Arabic Short Stories edited by Ronak Husni and Daniel L. Newman

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2 Comments

  1. Rafael said,

    August 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Ah London….

    One of these days….

    • Bookewyrme said,

      August 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Definitely! I’d never live there, but it is well worth visiting. Lots of fun and so much to see!


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