Sunday, May 29, 2011

This week Allison, Lauren, Kali and I went to Abbey Road. On the way though in Mile End station, we stopped and looked at a movie that was filming there. 
They had closed off part of the Tube station.

The movie they were filming actually got picked up by Paramount, so look for it in the future, it is starring Clive Owen but he wasn't at Mile End :(
check out the article HERE

This was at the baker Street station, it was all Sherlock Holmes themed.

My loverly handiwork on the wall outside Abbey Road Studios.

Ta Da! Our recreation of the Beatles. We took a bunch of these taking turns of walking and manning the camera. The cars were kinda annoyed by the end of it lol.
To fully appreciate how annoying this must be for the cars, you need to know that at intersections like this one with the white stripes and the striped poles with the lights on top, the pedestrians have he right away. So, if you are standing waiting to cross the road, cars legally have to stop. So now imagine you are driving and a bunch of people are standing by the edge of the road waiting to cross, so you stop. Now imagine these people keep pausing in the street or will cross and then turn straight around or will wave you on as they arrange themselves etc. 
So yeah, cars hate it here.

After we were done with Abbey Road we went to Trafalgar Square to the road leading up to Buckingham Palace. BEcause Obama was visiting, there were American flags hanging as well as Union Jacks.

Yay for special relationships.

There is also a big clock counting down to the Olympics!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Le Mis and Ice Bar

This week I've been busy with exams, but I did have 2 adventures. On Tuesday I went and saw Le Mis and tonight I went to this place called the Ice Bar.

This is Kali, Brittany and I outside the theater. 

I was really cool to see this show because I had been in a production of it in high school (I was in the chorus, but had a speaking role as the lead prostitute. I kept running into the problem that I wasn't being sexy enough though. Whoops. )
Anyway it was neat to see a show that I had been involved in done professionally I also noticed that we took a LOT of blocking/choreography from the original. 

This is the view from our seats.
Needless to say, the show was amazing! The sets were incredible (they were these huge pieces that were the walls of the bar, and then they rotated sideways to be the barricade) and the rotating stage was neat and of course the vocals were AMAZING.

Tonight Allison, Lauren and I went to the Ice Bar. You payed for a 40 minute time slot which includes one drink and they give you parkas to wear. Online it said they keep the room at -5 degrees C but when we got there the room was -7. So it was very cold. 
The entire room is made of ice minus the floor and the ceiling. That includes the walls, chairs, glasses, even the bar! 

There was this little tunnel of ice. Check out my stylish parka.

My drink. the glasses were hunks of ice the hollowed out. 

It was really cool and a fun way to celebrate being done with exams for another week or so. My friend Allison is going home on Thursday, so we are all planning a busy week of adventures to fit as many in as possible before she leaves. 
Back to the bar though, 40 minutes was more then enough to get the whole experience in! There was a clock on the wall (in ice of course!) that counted down how much time we had left. We stuck it out till the end, but we were very happy to be back in the warm. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Royal Wedding (finally!)

So, I am halfway done with my exams, so I finally have the time to do a post on the royal wedding!
First, here are some videos I took from when Allison and I watched the Today Show film in Trafalgar Square.
Here and Here  and another  clicky clicky  last one yay!

Here is the actual link to the segment in case you want to watch it again

So, the day of the wedding Allison, Lauren, Kali and I got up at 5 to go to Hyde Park. We wanted to get a good spot to watch the wedding on these big concert screens they had set up.

When we got there, needless to say we got a great spot.

The schedule for the day.

A lot of people had masks that looked like the members of the royal family.

The Will and Kate flag I got.

There was a band set up too.
Anyway, it was really neat to be in Hyde Park because there were 150,000 people there! The atmosphere was amazing, and I had a really fun time pretending to be British when we sang God Save the Queen.
After the wedding and the kiss, they took a panoramic photo of all of us there. Then we all danced to a song the band played, I think we were trying to set a record for the most people dancing simultaneously. After the kiss these old Word War Two planes flew over London and they circled around right above the park, so that was pretty neat. It was cool to in in a place that was still included in the wedding festivities, but wasn't right by Westminster or Buckingham Palace, cause that would have been crazy!
We left the park shortly after the dancing began, but people stayed there celebrating all day. We all went back to campus, toasted the royal couple and watched the made for TV movie about Will and Kate and highlights from the ceremony online.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Hey there! sorry for the hiatus (on a related note, Kali found my videos! I just already deleted the ones I took on the day of the royal wedding, BUT all my other ones are ok!)
Anyway, I'm working on getting all the videos uploaded to youtube so I can put them on the blog, but that's taking a while SO I'll jump ahead to my latest adventure! 
Last night I went to see Hamlet at the Globe Theater! 
This is the view from where we sat. 
It was beyond cool! 
We thought about being groundlings, but then decided to get real seats because 3 hours is  long time to be standing! 

All the groundlings.

Julia came into London to see the show as well, this is the view from where she was. Before the show started the actors came onto stage and were talking with the groundlings. 

Kali and I from where Julia sat. We went into the theater kinda early and it was pretty empty until about 5 minutes before the show, them BAM everyone came out of nowhere and the place was filled.