Science museum, Isle of Wight and Camden market

Trip Start Jan 16, 2013
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

I apologize for the lack of entries over the past couple of days, I have just been so busy!

On Thursday I decided to go old school and journey out to the science museum and relive my childhood. Jalan and I decided to walk there, despite the hour time frame google maps gave us. It was gorgeous outside and the walk would take us through Hyde park. The walk was absolutely amazing till we got to Hyde park and realized that the trees were not as appeasing when they were dead. And to make life a whole lot more fun it started to pour while we were walking through. We huddled under my umbrella with a family visiting from Yorkshire. They were nice enough to share their map and help us back on track to the science museum. When they rain finally stopped we trekked on. The street the science museum is on reminded very much of Spain because the street was like a big sidewalk and cars were weaving in and out of pedestrians. I hadn't realized that the science museum was on " museum" row. I have to go back and see the natural history museum, the building it's self is gorgeous. We spent two hours walking through the museum. I was disappointed that most of the museum was not as interactive as I had hopped. My favorite part was the google chrome exhibit in the basement. You were made an individual identity card and when you put them in the stations you could make music with people from around the world, see where certain pictures on the Internet were being viewed, and have a picture of your face drawn in sand! When you go home you go to www.chromeweblab.com/labtag and take a picture of your individual tag code and you can see everything you did that day in the lab. The whole exhibit was really cool (mom you should see if its coming to stl and take pardes). We decided that we would take the bus back just in case it started to rain again, but of course it was beautiful outside the whole way.

Saturday marked my first trip outside of London. At 8 am myself and 49 other students boarded a bus that was taking us to a ferry. I slept the two hours it took to drive there, 8 am is really early. When we got to the ferry I was surprised to learn that we were going to drive on to the ferry. I had never heard of this before and i was a little scared because how can a boat carry this much weight! But everything ended up being just fine. We obviously drove off the ferry and started out tour of the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight is compared to cape cod or Martha's Vineyard in the states. It is very much a vacation spot and place where people retire. Because of this much of the island was not in its full swing for us. Out first stop was at a deserted amusement park that had a great view of the water. There I stopped in at the glass factory, the island is also known for there many kinds of sand. We got to watch them make paper weights and vases. I was tempted to buy grandpa Walt a paper weight but remember the one I made for him was much better than these professional ones. Back on the bus we drove around the island, most of the tour was on the bus. The second stop, Michelle and I ventured out for lunch. We stopped in at a local pub and had a traditional pub lunch. The wait staff made us a cd of some song about Massachusetts but we haven't been able to play it yet because the cd doesn't work in her computer. When I finally know what the song is ill let you know. By the way dad, the Beatles song that has Isle of Wight in it is When I'm 64. Our last stop was a famous church on god hill. The hill got its name because when they first built the church they laid the foundation on the bottom of the hill and went home for the night. The next morning they couldn't find the foundation at the bottom of the hill, it was found at the top. So they moved the foundation to the bottom of the hill and went home for the night. The next day this happened again and when no one confessed to moving the foundation they assumed it was divine intervention, hence gods hill. The wanted it at the bottom of the hill because the walk up to the church is not a fun one and it couldn't have possibly encourages people to go to church. I really enjoyed the cemetery at the church and got some amazing pictures.

After a good nights rest I woke up Sunday with a desire to finally see Camden market. Again the morning weather seemed to indicate a lovely day outside, so three of us set out through regents park for Camden town. The market is huge, we didn't even make it through half of it. About an hour and half in it also got really cold. This gave me an excuse to buy a sweater I had been eyeing for a while. Mom, I found that sweater you bought in Florida, the hippy one. It's only 20 pounds here and comes in a variety off lengths and colors. I could pick one up for you if you want. After some time we decided the cold wasn't worth it so we walked home. We will have to go back, obviously, and see the rest of the market another day.
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