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Hey everyone! I am currently on my fall break in Barcelona and am having an absolutely amazing time!! I will be sure to upload pictures and a post or two in the next day or so… I will be traveling to Berlin tomorrow! Talk to you very soon. xx.

A bit of home in London

by Julia 

Chip and I in front of Tower Bridge.

Chip and me in front of Tower Bridge.

This weekend was extra special because one of my best friends from home, Chip, who is also studying abroad, came to London for the weekend with his program! It was so great to see a familiar face in Europe and it was fun to walk around the city and go sight seeing with him and his friends. We first had fish and chips in a pub near Buckingham Palace and the Ritz Hotel, and then went to see Tower Bridge and the Globe theater. We also visited the Tate Modern Museum and Abbey Road making it quite a full day. Later Chip and his friends came over to my flat to hang out and then we checked out a pub in Shoreditch.

Tower of London with poppies in front of it to commemorate the british lives lost in WWI.

Tower of London with poppies in front of it to commemorate the British lives lost in WWI.

Tower Bridge with Chip and a few of his friends

Tower Bridge with Chip and a few of his friends

A "Before I Die" wall in Borough market.

A “Before I Die” wall in Borough market.

The Tate Modern Museum

The Tate Modern Museum

V&A Museum and Brick Lane Market

by Julia

Last weekend Vanessa and I checked off a few more London must sees: the Victoria and Albert Museum and Brick Lane market. The V&A is absolutely gorgeous but massive. So V and I decided to go through a few galleries on Saturday; we walked through the Disobedient Objects exhibit which had objects, articles, and videos from protests around the world, the fashion and textile gallery which had amazing vintage couture pieces, and finally a room of 8 beautiful Raphael paintings that were incredible! DSC00676

Lobby of the V&A

Lobby of the V&A

V&A courtyard

V&A courtyard

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Vintage Dior couture

Me standing in front of one of Raphael's paintings.

Me standing in front of one of Raphael’s paintings.

Sunday we went to Shoreditch to check out the Brick Lane market. It was a beautiful day to walk around and pop in all the little stores- it’s a really cool, trendy area with graffiti everywhere and lots of young people. Most of the markets are in warehouses with vintage clothing, vinyl records, and a ton of food! There were a bunch of other stands on the street too with fruit, desserts, and London paraphernalia. DSC01497 2

One of the many stands selling my favorite dessert- cupcakes.

One of the many stands selling my favorite dessert- cupcakes.

One of the vintage clothing stands.

One of the vintage clothing stands.

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White Cliffs of Dover & LDA Outings

by Julia

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Last week my friends Maryn, Aja and I travelled to Dover in Kent to see the White Cliffs! We took an early bus from London and were in Dover in under two hours- it was a beautiful drive and we got to pass through Canterbury. Once in Dover we walked to the harbor and along the pebble beach. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and very quiet in the little town by the cliffs. Once we got to the trail leading across the top of the cliffs it only took about an hour and a half to walk it to the other end (of course stopping a lot for photo-opps) where there was a little lighthouse with a tea room inside! DSC00566DSC00601

Maryn, Aja, and I sitting on the cliffs.

Maryn, Aja, and I sitting on the cliffs.

Lunch at the Mrs. Knott's Tearoom in the lighthouse.

Lunch at Mrs. Knott’s Tearoom in the lighthouse.

 

 

The walk itself was breathtaking- the water was a bright blue/green and just on the horizon we could make out France! I didn’t think I was really afraid of heights before walking along the cliffs, but the couple hundred foot drop down the chalk sides kept me at a good distance from the edge! After lunch in the lighthouse we walked back and saw the Dover Castle from afar (unfortunately it was on another hill that would have taken too long to climb since we had an evening bus home).

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The Dover Castle

The Dover Castle

 

This past week has been a marathon of homework, classes, and shows around London. On Tuesday we went to the Bush theater to see “Albion” and then just last night after a quick trip to the London Zoo (we’re doing animal physicality work in acting right now) we stopped by the Barbican Centre to see Henry Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.” While it would take much too long to explain each of these shows, I will say that I enjoyed them both immensely and think that they had some of the best staging I have ever seen. TGIF!

A beautiful animal themed Merry-Go-Round at the zoo.

A beautiful animal themed Merry-Go-Round at the zoo.

Some of LDA at the Barbican.

Some of LDA at the Barbican.

Walking Tour #3 and The Globe

by Julia

Foggy London

Foggy London

This past Thursday we had another LDA tour around Covent Garden with stops at all the major theaters in the West End! Vanessa and I showed up a bit early so we stopped by Laduree for a sweet breakfast. It was a very foggy day and what I had expected London weather to be like 24/7, but it has been sunny and warm 90% of the time we have been here! After the walking tour a few girls and I went to Wild Food Cafe, an all vegan cafe, for an afternoon pick me up in Neil’s yard. Then today, after our Dramatic Criticism class, we went to the Globe Theater to see The Comedy of Errors! I have never seen a professional Shakespeare play in person before so it was awesome for my first one to be at the Globe. The theater itself is absolutely beautiful and apparently a pretty accurate reconstruction of what the original Globe had looked like (the original burned down when Shakespeare was still alive). I really enjoyed the show- it truly brought the text to life and it was hilarious as the title implies! The only down side was that it poured half way through the performance and we got soaked because we were standing on the ground floor by the stage and therefore not under cover! But it was quite the experience. Tomorrow I am seeing the closing night of Neil Labute’s Autobahn and then taking a day trip to Dover on Sunday!

Covent Garden Market

Covent Garden Market

Neil's Yard- an alley way turns into a secret neon cove in Covent Garden.

Neil’s Yard- an alley way turns into a secret neon cove in Covent Garden.

 

Raw chocolate torte from Wild Food Cafe.

Raw chocolate torte from Wild Food Cafe.

At the Globe!

At the Globe!

A Comedy of Errors finale/bows.

A Comedy of Errors finale/bows.

Completely drenched from the rain.

Completely drenched from the rain.

Vanessa and I after the show.

Vanessa and I after the show.

A Day at the Palace

by Julia

Outside Buckingham Palace

Outside Buckingham Palace

This past week was just as crazy busy as the last! We have begun monologue work in our classes and were assigned scenes and scene partners last Friday- I’m working on a Lady Macbeth monologue, a Portia (from The Merchant of Venice) monologue, and the short play Silver Wedding with a boy in my program. But despite being extra busy, last weekend was one of the best yet (check out my earlier post about what I did on Friday and Saturday). And to top it all off on Sunday, my roommate Vanessa, our friend Tim, and I took a tour of the State Rooms in Buckingham Palace! It was absolutely beautiful and naturally the most luxurious place you can imagine. The palace has 750+ rooms and we only saw 19! Sadly we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the palace but we did have a mini photo shoot outside of it! Then after the tour we walked over to the houses of parliament and saw Big Ben up close! It was a beautiful day and the perfect time to sight see!

Vanessa, Tim, and I

Vanessa, Tim, and I

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Westminster Abbey- the site of Kate and Will’s wedding and even more beautiful in person.

In front of Westminster Abbey

In front of Westminster Abbey

 

To the side of Westminster Abbey

To the side of Westminster Abbey

 

Covent Garden, iTunes Festival, & Fulton

by Julia

Tea and eggs Benedict at the Covent Garden Hotel.

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.

Outside the Roundhouse for Maroon 5.

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

Londen and I at Maroon 5 (yes- that is his real name).

Londen and I at Maroon 5 (yes- that is his real name).

 

The London Museum

One of the first exhibits of the museum.

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.

Blanche Eatery from our table on the balcony.

Having fun at Guaca in Fulton.

Having fun at Guaca in Fulton.

Great Mexican food at Guaca.

Great Mexican food at Guaca.

Walking along the Thames near Chelsea Pier/Imperial Wharf.

Walking along the Thames near Chelsea Pier/Imperial Wharf.

Courtney and I along the Thames.

Courtney and I along the Thames.

The jazz festival near Imperial Wharf.

The jazz festival near Imperial Wharf.