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United Kingdom - Day 3

I have an excuse for posting this late today... we didn't get home until 1AM and I had to pack for Dublin. Have I mentioned that I hate packing? I am excited to see Ireland, don't get me wrong, but at the same time I'm sort of not thrilled about packing up and leaving again just when I started to feel comfortable, situated and at home. I'm sure it will be fun though.

We didn't really do much today... we met EB's parents for breakfast and then drove them to the train station so they could head off to Heathrow. Then we purchased a hairdryer and some Starbucks. Seriously, I am not a human being over here without Starbucks I decided. I think it's because my body refuses to get on GMT. We took the 1:30 train to London, and I perused some of the shops in the train station. By the time we got to the Portrait Gallery the Annie Liebovitz exhibit was quite crowded and I didn't want to feel rushed, so we browsed the shops along Leicester Square and the West End. I'll go on my own next week. I am kind of in love with Marks & Spencer and am really super excited to do grocery shopping there this weekend. We had dinner at Clos Maggiore, this very fancy, very romantic restaurant that EB picked out all on his own. I had a wonderful pumpkin soup and gnocchi that were to die for. We caught a taxi cab to the Novello Theatre and holy crap were our seats super super high. We were in the front row of the balcony, so that was good, but damn those steps are steep. Hamlet was excellent. Almost all the acting was supurb and I just have the utmost respect for actors who can do Shakespeare and do it well. Tennant's understudy did a great job, but I just couldn't help but think with each scene how much better it would've been had Tennant been on stage. Also, it was super long, but I was proud that I mostly stayed awake. I feel accomplished though for seeing a Shakespeare play, and in London. That should probably be on one of those bucket list of things to do before you die. Check! Okay, we're leaving for Dublin at 8AM tomorrow so time to pack up the computer and everything else and hope that Ryan Air doesn't turn me away for being a chronic over-packer. Hah! Later, skaterz.

UK Day 3


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Dec. 31st, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
OH GOD. Those sweet Thai chili crisps are the shit. I miss them. I got them in Belfast and just ate the crap out of them every night at the hostel when there was nothing better to do.

Good lord, you're all the way up in the stratosphere! It's too bad David's still out, but it sounds like you enjoyed it regardless of that.

Have fun in Dublin! I can tell ya a thing or two about that fair city. Down round O'Connell Street is a lot of good shopping. I seem to remember something big on Jervis Street, some kind of mall. The Ha'penny Bridge is beautiful and good for taking photos of the city. And of course, Temple Bar, whatever, but that's overrated and touristy. How long are you there for? That'll help determine stuff to do.
Dec. 31st, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
We're there til Saturday morning.
Dec. 31st, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh okay, that's some time. I was worried you'd only be there for a day. In that case, THINGS TO DO
-aforementioned O'Connell St. shopping trip
-go to Trinity College and poke around, also do the Book of Kells tour if you like, it's pretty cool
-shop around Trinity College (Grafton Street is nearby and is AWESOME, plus there's a Lush right across from the college)
-Guinness brewery if you want, though it's not exactly in the city centre
-St. Stephen's Green is a gorgeous park
Argh! Can't think of more. Perhaps EB will know more things to do!
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Dec. 31st, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Added you back. :)
Dec. 31st, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
That's a bummer that David's out. D:

Also, it was super long, but I was proud that I mostly stayed awake.
I saw Patrick Stewart do Macbeth in NYC and was definitely dozing off, but I MADE IT THROUGH, heh.

Edited at 2008-12-31 03:34 am (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Patrick Stewart was wonderful, but I think I'm most impressed by the understudy for Tennant. That takes some serious balls to fill those shoes.
Feb. 20th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
That's too bad that you didn't see Tennant, but at least his understudy was great, too :) Did you see Patrick Stewart?

We didn't really do much today...
This made me lol. If this is a day of not doing much for you than I don't want to know what a full day looks like ;D
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
We did see Patrick Stewart and he was incredible. I have so much respect for Shakespeare actors now.

And it just felt like we didn't do that much because there was so much I *wanted* to do, but didn't get to. It made me feel like a slacker. :)
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