Saturday, April 28, 2012

"You guys, this is the celestial kingdom. You've made it."

Today was SO EVENTFUL. Where do I start? Okay, so Borough Market is, as Trent so eloquently described, heaven on earth.
le noms

le healthy noms

Wild rabbit? F'real?

THIS WAS MY FOOD. Delicious.
Borough Market samples are like Costco samples on steroids. I probably didn't even need to buy anything (even though I did) because I had so many tastes of everything! Chicken liver (vomit), salami (yuck), turkish delight (Narnia, anyone?), sea salted caramel, beet hummus, a myriad of different jams and marmalades, mango, strawberries, grilled cheese, brownies, cakes, pastries... I could go on forever.

I also go on forever about this day. Too bad I'm exhausted. Sorry I'm not doing a very good job at updating you on London life. I'm pleasantly busy :)


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Something Good Can Work

I'm no good at goodbyes. I can't explain to people how much they mean to me, how much I'll miss them, how much they've made my life so wonderful and how I will be forever looking for ways to give something back to them but never will because it doesn't work like that. Sigh. Winter semester is over -- and let me tell you, I am so relieved. Well, part of me is. It was much too rocky for my liking. There was just so much indecision and doubt and confusion; at times I had no idea what I was doing at BYU, what I was doing with my life. But great trials bring great rewards, and the good outweighed the bad. Times a hundred. And then some. I am so happy right now. I have such wonderful friends and we've built so many memories. I mean... What do I even say to describe how I feel? I'm so happy and so grateful. That's not enough; it will never be enough; I owe seven people each a lifetime of smiling and laughing and How do you repay that! You don't, you freakin' don't. That's frustrating. And what's more frustrating is that I've left them and I'm gone and they're all still in Provo and who ever even thought I would ever miss Provo but I do and I'm not going to be back there for such a long time because I just have so much going on and asdfhjklRUNONSENTENCE but I don't even care, no sir.

Thanks Sadie :)

Nostalgia. Eeeeeeeeeeyuck.

But hey. It's SUMMER. Okay, it's Spring, but it was 90 degrees today. And summer is my absolute favorite! I already made a summer driving playlist on my iTunes, which I know I'm only going to add to, and I'm so excited for warmth, late night drives, beach trips, blasting music, and, ya know... London. Oh yeah. Did you forget that I fly out on Tuesday? Because I sure did.

So! What do you do? Brace yourselves for the rapid influx of blogging that is going to commence on the 25th of April, that's what. Three days, folks. Threeee days.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Very few words.

Why, then, is there despair?

I'm trying to understand, trying to see that there must be something better in store for me. Trying to have hope.

"Hope... is like the beam of sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn. It encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father, who has prepared a way for those who seek for eternal truth in a world of relativism, confusion, and of fear."

Confusion and fear. Those are the two emotions I am currently experiencing.

I just got an email that shook things up a bit, to say the least. Everything has changed, and I am unsure what to do next.

But I need to look past this. My life is so much more than what I will be doing this summer. There must be something better, something I don't know about. It'll show up.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Foggy Day in London Town

What do I want to do in London? Countless things. Really. But because this is a class assignment and I have to choose, here are 5 that seemed both educational and appropriate to include in something that is going to be graded.

1. The British Library

I love reading and am a huge library nerd, so naturally, this would be especially interesting to me. The British Library used to be part of The British Museum, but separated itself from the museum by way of the British Library Act 1972. It serves mainly as a research library, holding over 150 million items, including old manuscripts and historical items that date back to 2,000 B.C. It houses over 14 million books, which puts it in second place next to Library of Congress for the most books in a library. But that is not all. They also have a huge collection of special items, things that not only have historical relevancy but cultural and social importance. Some of these include Jane Austen's original writing desk, Shakespeare's first folio, two original copies of the Magna Carta, and the napkin on which Paul McCartney first wrote the lyrics to the song "Yesterday." Awe-inspiring, right?

2. Highgate Cemetery

Debatably one of the most beautiful cemeteries I've ever seen a picture of. I hope to soon be able to say I've been there, too. It's split into two sections, the East Cemetery and the West Cemetery. There are a number of important, influential, and interesting people here, including Charles Dickens' parents and wife and Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Karl Marx is buried in the East Cemetery, and on the 9th of May there is an event called An Unfinished Revolution -- Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln. Apparently, Marx's ideas had a huge impact on how things were reconstructed after the Civil War. The event opens at 7pm and Robin Blackburn starts his presentation at 7:30. It's only £5 for students, and there are refreshments and "nibbles" served. I'm going to this.

3. Little Angel Theatre

Because, let's be honest with ourselves, who doesn't love puppet shows? On 24 November 1961, a troupe of puppeteers, led by John Wright, transformed a simple hall into a magical theatre for their marionette shows. Though based in Islington, they toured all over the United Kingdom. Their shows developed and their troupe grew in number until they had three touring companies on the road at one time. Since they have been around so long, Little Angel is a highly respected and beloved aspect of the London theatre scene. Their shows now integrate every type of puppet and incorporate a variety of different themes, cultures, styles, and stories. They sell discounted student tickets at only £5. There are multiple shows every week, and a schedule can be found here.

4. London Kings Cross railway station

All you Harry Potter fans, which I know is at least 99% of you, this one's for you. And for me. Mostly for me. This railway station has been in use since 1852. It has been rebuilt and transformed multiple times since then, and in 2013, the whole thing will have been reconstructed. Urban legend of the area suggests that the Kings Cross is built on top of the body of an ancient tribal queen, Boudica. Allegedly, Boudica's ghost haunts the passages under the station. Very cool. But what's even cooler is that Kings Cross is the very same station that is featured in Harry Potter! When the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released, a "9 3/4" sign was installed between platforms 9 and 10. About a fourth of a trolley sticks out of the wall; all Harry Potter fans must get an extremely touristy but awesome picture of themselves pushing the trolley through the wall and to the Hogwarts Express. I know that's what I'm going to do.

5. Baker Street

And now for all the Sherlock Holmes fans. Who wants to visit 221B Baker Street? Although the detective's address was fictional, it is now home to a Sherlock Holmes Museum. The house is protected by the government because of its cultural and historical value. It's open every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day, from 9:30am to 6:00pm. Tickets into the museum are £6. The street itself was laid out in the 1700's by a man named William Baker, who, obviously, coined his work after himself. Originally occupied by high class residents, the street is now filled with shops of all kinds. In December 1967, The Beatles set up a retail store called Apple Boutique. It closed half a year later and is now just a pile of demolished remains. But it would still be cool to look at it and think that The Beatles were once there.

Honorable mentions (aka concerts I want to go to):
New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys at The O2, Peninsula Square. No explanation needed. I have to go to this.
- Foster the People at Brixton Academy in London.
- Latitude Festival. Granted, I've only heard of two of the musical groups in the line-up, but this seems like a British version of Coachella or something. Yes please.

And that's about it! I can't believe I'm going to be in London in ten days. TEN DAYS YOU GUYS! What do I even do. Do you want souvenirs? Just tell me what you want, and you'll get it. Promise. Okay, within reason. Buying souvenirs for other people is one of my greatest joys.