Tea and eggs Benedict at the Covent Garden Hotel.
A few days ago I got to catch up with my cousin, Rox Ana, over English breakfast at the beautiful Covent Garden Hotel! We chatted about school and London and had eggs Benedict (they were delicious)! This past Thursday my friend from my program won tickets to the iTunes Festival here in London, and that night Maroon 5 was playing! They are one of my favorite bands so to see them play an amazing show at the Roundhouse in Camden will definitely be a highlight of my semester. Then after school on Friday a few of us visited the Museum of London.
Outside the Roundhouse for Maroon 5.
Adam Levine of Maroon 5
Londen and I at Maroon 5 (yes- that is his real name).
One of the first exhibits of the museum.
Today my friend, Maryn, and I did some homework at the Blanche Eatery near Notting Hill and tonight my friend, Courtney, and I had dinner at Guaca in Fulton and later walked around a jazz festival which was going on at Imperial Wharf. It has been an amazing weekend already and tomorrow a few of us are touring Buckingham Palace!!!
Blanche Eatery from our table on the balcony.
Having fun at Guaca in Fulton.
Great Mexican food at Guaca.
Walking along the Thames near Chelsea Pier/Imperial Wharf.
Courtney and I along the Thames.
The jazz festival near Imperial Wharf.
The National Portrait Gallery
Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I have been super busy with my classes and other fun things during the weekend! Last week/weekend I went on another walking tour with LDA and we saw the Globe theatre, Fleet Street, and ended in Covent Garden near the Royal Opera House. It was a beautiful day (almost everyday has been sunny so far- not what I expected!) and Simon, our guide, told us a ton of fun facts and interesting stories about the buildings we were passing. That weekend a few of my friends and I went to the National Portrait Gallery near Trafalgar Square. It was absolutely beautiful and naturally my favorite picture in the gallery was one of Kate Middleton! Check out this past week in pictures!
The Globe Theatre
A court house on Fleet Street.
My classmates on tour.
National Portrait Gallery
Me and George Washington
National Portrait Gallery
Me and my friends Sara and Kiera
Trafalgar from the balcony of the NPG.
Outside of the Rose Theatre
During these past two days we have started our mornings with guided tours around London! On Thursday, we were taken to the Rose Theatre by our Space Place & Text teacher, Allison, and even had the chance to say a little Shakespeare on the stage! After that those of us who had a later class got to spend the early afternoon walking through the Borough Market having lunch and buying treats, and of course sight seeing along the way. Today we went to pretty much the same area with another one of our teacher/tour guides, Simon. He took us around the Globe Theatre (a block from the Rose) and then across the Millennium Bridge towards St. Paul’s Cathedral and finally ending near Fleet Street.
The Rose Theatre which only seats about 50 people.
Inside the Rose- the red lines indicate the different places the audience stood and where the stage used to be.
Ruins of the Winchester Palace.
A massive building referred to as “The Shard”- as if it was a shard of glass cutting through historic London.
Parliament Bar down the street from the Borough Market.
Outside the market.
Inside the market.
Paella, curry, etc
Courtney, myself, and Maryn having lunch by the Thames.
Tower Bridge from the Millennium Bridge.
Me on the Millennium Bridge.
St. Paul’s Catherdral
The last few days have been occupied by pretty much nothing but classes! Luckily I have LOVED all of them. My teachers are absolutely incredible and amazingly talented- and all of them are still involved in the theatre industry today. A few of them are acting in shows, a few are directors, and a few also teach at some of the top drama schools in the UK- so needless to say I’m getting some great guidance.
So far the classes I have taken are: Movement, Voice, Acting, Acting Shakespeare, Accents/Dialect, Period Dance, Stage Combat, Physical Theatre, Alexander Technique, Space Place and Text, Audition Tutorial, and one masterclass! It has definitely been exhausting but so much fun (11 classes so far and it’s only Wednesday!!!).
Tomorrow we are taking a tour to the Rose Theatre with our Space Place & Text teacher and will have the chance to say a few lines on the stage!! Then it’s back to school for more Acting Shakespeare!
On Sunday three of my friends and I went to Camden and visited the Camden market! It was a huge outdoor/indoor market with souvenirs, ethnic food stalls, and beautiful leather goods. We walked through a bunch of shops and ate lunch in the market- I had a delicious chicken fajita with veggies. Then we went to a coffee/tea shop down the road at a friend’s suggestion named Yumchaa, and had tea as we did homework for our Period Dance class! After our little day in Camden we took the bus back towards Hyde Park and ended up walking about an hour to get back to our flats, but it was a beautiful night and on our way we stumbled across a few fun sights: the Wellington Arch and Harrods!
A canal right behind the market.
The Wellington Arch
Harrods (the building all lit up!)
Surprisingly our supposed “Scavenger Hunt” today was actually a six hour pub crawl through central London! So all 100+ of us were divided into teams of about 10 and were sent all over to take pictures in front of the 10+ pubs, and to do other “British” things including: getting all team members inside of a telephone booth, “knight” a stranger, take a picture with a policeman, and make a human pyramid in front of a London landmark. I was lucky enough to have a really fun group of people and had a great day running around Piccadilly Circus, which really reminded me of Times Square in New York. Check out pictures from today’s activities below!
My roommate, Vanessa, and I at TigerTiger.
The Savoy Hotel
My team and I “arresting” a police woman.
So as expected London has been amazing so far!! I’m happy to report that Heathrow airport was unbelievably easy to navigate and that I was at my flat near Kensington shortly after arriving. I am rooming with a friend from my school, Fordham University, and three other girls from a variety of schools near the East Coast. So far everyone in my program (there are 16 of us in total) has been great and really fun to be with.
After getting to our flat we unpacked and just wandered around our neighborhood finding the local banks and markets. Today we had a full day of orientation at Heythrop college with the other programs from Fordham, and then a private orientation with just our program with our director who seems amazing. We then took a walking tour around Kensington with just our theater program hosted by one of our teachers. We made stops at Kensington Palace (um Hi Will and Kate!), Albert-opollis (an area full of educational buildings and museums that reflect Prince Albert’s, Queen Victoria’s husband, dedication to the arts and education), and the area surrounding the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert museum. I can not wait to see what other cool things we will be doing this semester! xx
A street right by our flat.
Gardens near Kensington Palace.
Kensington Palace across the pond.
The Albert Memorial
The Royal Albert Hall which is hosting Proms this year (a classical music concert series).
My classmates on tour near Albert-opolis and some beautiful apartments!