Today was a busy day. First I went to the flag raising ceremony outside the lodge after breakfast. There were lots of girl scouts there and we sang the world song and played a short game. After that I made my way to the British Library (I have become a pro tube rider). Since it’s near King’s Cross, I had to stop and take a picture at platform 9 3/4!
The library was huge and had manuscripts and documents from many famous authors including J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, William Blake, Shakspeare, and even the Beatles. I also saw the original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that Lewis Carroll gave Alice Liddell, which was cool since that is what my class at Oxford will be on!
After that I walked about a mile to the British Museum. It was also huge and very pretty. They have artefacts from all over the world (acquired by various means…) such as the Rosetta Stone and statues and friezes from the Parthenon. I spent a lot of time there and it was really interesting (and all free!).
Then I walked down Oxford street, which is the main shopping area. I went in some bookstores, got some souvenirs and then found The Beeakfast Club. It’s this cute, very small restaurant that specialises in breakfast food. But as I was there for dinner, I got a very delicious veggie burger!
On my way back to the lodge I stopped at Keats’ house, which was just around the corner. I also explored the area of Hampstead Heath a little. I thought it might be kind of rural, but it’s actually very lively, with lots of high-class restaurants and shops. It’s also very dangerous because there are two coffee shops, a bookstore, and a gelato shop right by the lodge!
That’s all for now, tomorrow I tour the Olympic area. Woohoo!