National Theater and Blues Music

Today was surprisingly full. I went to Qmotion for the first time to work out, and was very happy with their cardio machines. Each of them have touch screens that have cable, connect with your phone, can connect with bluetooth headphones, and also allow you to surf the web. My favorite feature though was the ability to do “hikes”. Lifemotion actually took a videographer on famous hikes throughout the world, like Yosemite, and you can watch as you progress through the hike and the machine adjusts the resistance according to the terrain on the visible trail.

Then I headed to my last induction of the week, which was kept short and sweet. Thank you Business School! I returned to the club fair to bug Michael at the Ballroom and Latin Dance table. As it was later in the afternoon very few students were there, so I got to chat a bit and sign up for some clubs I’d forgotten about, and then leave.

This afternoon was the tour of the National Theater. The study abroad kids met at the Queens building at 3:30 and we took the tube together. We were pretty early so we walked up and down the Thames taking pictures.

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There are a few carnival rides next to the Thames. It's almost like there's a temporary mini-circus there.
There are a few carnival rides next to the Thames. It’s almost like there’s a temporary mini-circus there.

 

The study abroad guy escorting us heard me talking supposedly “fancy” camera terms and took that as an opportunity to get me to take a group shot.

The Queen Mary Study Abroad gang!
The Queen Mary Study Abroad gang!
The house of parliament (I think) across the Thames.
The house of parliament (I think) across the Thames.
An advertisement for the main swing society in London!!!
An advertisement for the main swing society in London!!!

The National Theater is this multi-story giant concrete building that houses 3 theaters and has about 6 shows running on rotation at any one time. _MG_8337You can go there 2 hours before a show to pick up really cheap 15 pound tickets! We got to see some maintenance being done on the main Olivier Theater, which has a rotating drum in the center of the stage that can lower multiple stories and store sets on top of each other. I don’t know how to best describe it, but rest be assured the theater technology is amazing. Sadly we couldn’t take any pictures on the tour because any set piece are copyrighted by the designers, so it would be stealing their work. The woodshop was giant and smelled gorgeous and made me drool. I need to go back and see more shows!

After James and I walked around a bit.

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We found a cool arcade next to the London Eye!
James *really* wanted that dinosaur, but the claw did not comply.
James *really* wanted that dinosaur, but the claw did not comply.

We walked to Piccadilly Circus, and then took the tube to _MG_8358Camden Town to meet up with the rest of our flatmates. Before meeting up we walked around Camden market, which was sadly closing by the time we got there, but the artwork on top of the store fronts was amazing. I have to visit during daytime.

Big Ben at sunset.
Big Ben at sunset.
The Camden Market food stalls at night.
The Camden Market food stalls at night.

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A weird two story tall robot statue we found. It was creepy at night glowing and all.
A weird two story tall robot statue we found. It was creepy at night glowing and all.

When our flat reunited we went to the Blues Kitchen for a drink. Yup, I had some delicious tap water. No, seriously, I just had tap water. We got food at a “dirty chicken” place? I think that’s the slang they use for privately owned fast fried food places. I shared some fries with Nicola.

James makes the funniest faces. Sorry for the blurry photo Keisha!
James makes the funniest faces. Sorry for the blurry photo Keisha!

Fries are good. Om nom carbs. Then we returned to the bar and caught the blues band. They were really good! The music made me miss blues dancing. After a few songs I gathered up the courage and went to the front of the stage area where some people were dancing with themselves, and I danced there with Nicola. James joined us later.

I headed back to the flat early at 11pm since I wanted to make sure to catch the tube, and it shuts down around midnight-ish depending on the station. I ran into another Queen Mary fresher (frosh) named Matt, so we talked and traveled the rest of the way back together.

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