It’s been a while since my last post, but I assure you I’ve filled it with enough action to justify it. My friend Harry was visiting for the weekend – he goes to NU and is currently studying in Paris. He was a great visitor because he has been to London many times before (he went to an international middle school in Belgium) and has done all the “tourisity” things, so we were able to skip those and go to some of the different spots around the city. He arrived via Eurostar late on Thursday night, just in time for us to go out to the pubs! We met with other UCL people and went to two of the local pubs in our area. On Friday we walked around the commercial areas and some of the cavered markets of the city before meeting people at a club called Egg London, named so because it stays open until noon the next day and serves eggs for breakfast, making for a potential all-night party (don’t worry, we left at an actually reasonable time).
On Saturday, part of our usual crew caught the morning train to the University of Oxford, about an hour away from London. We toured all around the campuses and were able to see the places where they filmed the Harry Potter movie sequences. The campus was obviously steeped in history and it was neat to see a college with such an established history. We couldn’t find Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat carvings, but we were able to see the pub where CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien gathered to talk about their books. Later in the evening, we went to The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, a movie with some of the most famous young actors of our time (Heath Ledger, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, and Colin Farrell) assembled, although the movie was pretty trippy. It doesn’t come out in the US until Christmas, so I will avoid any spoilers for you!
Back to work tomorrow. KLTD – it’s just what the doctor ordered.