|fish and chips- not good here!|
|Virgin Atlantic flight to London|
In the afternoon, I grabbed a meal of the famous British meal right around the corner of the house I was staying at- fish and chips. Not to my surprise, it was not very delicious. My sister told me many of the affordable restaurants in London is small or bad or both... and I'm starting to believe this is true.
|University of East London Stratford Campus.|
|Liverpool Street Station|
|Panoramic view from the dome @ St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Queen's birthday parade rehearsal (Near the ending, in front of the Buckingham Palace)|
My museums experience in the past few days has also been incredible. Unlike the majority of London where everything and anything is expensive, most of the museums are free. I went to the National Portrait Gallery, the ICA Gallery, National Gallery, British Museum, and the British Library (I still have not visited about four major museums). One visit to the National Gallery and the British Museum was probably not enough- I'll have to come back. I noticed that in front of these big museums and tourist sites, there are many protesters.
Few things I have noticed about London:
-It is a lot more ethnically diverse that I had imagined. (Even areas without tourists)
-American Starbucks "tall" is not British Starbucks "tall."
-Some places charge for using the bathroom.
-Coffee/meals "For here" often cost a bit more than "to go."
-The driver's seat is on the right.
-There are a lot of smokers.
-EVERYTHING IS EXPENSIVE.
-It's summer, but it's cold. And rainy. All the time.
So far, life at London feels surreal. I am so excited for what this experience will have in store for me, and I am especially excited to start working with Alessia at the lab this week!