Generals gathered in the Galleries.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 9

    I had cleaned out my system and was well enough to actually sleep.  I got about three hours sleep when I had to wake up and head to class.  Class had some thought provoking discussions, but it took everything in my power to stay awake.
    After class, we headed to the National Gallery.  After looking around a little, I sat down and fell asleep for a few minutes until a worker there asked me if I was okay.  I was actually feeling a little better from my short power nap.  I checked out the gallery a little more and then headed over to the National Portrait Gallery.  I checked out the modern and Tudor galleries and then went up to the restaurant for a scone and a spot of mint tea.  That was just what I needed.  Unfortunately, I lost track of time and scrambled over to the Drury Lane Theatre for the backstage tour.  I was a little late, but the tour guide made a joke about it and everything was good.  He reminded me a little of Ricky Gervais.  The tour was pretty humorous and was broken up into a few parts with one woman playing a maid, and then later a performer.  We heard about the history of that particular theatre, some royal skirmishes, and a ghost story. 
    After the tour, some of us went to the nearby market.  I got a hot chocolate, which was tasty until my stomach became a little unsettled once more.  We stopped at a café where I sat down and nodded off.  Deja vu had a worker there ask me if I was all right.  The little bit of rest and water I was drinking did help. 
    After the café, we went to the National Theatre for War Horse.  Out of all the shows we were going to see, I had a feeling that I was going to be most surprised by this particular one.  The theatre was very nice and our seats were close to stage left.  There was a wafting cloud of smoke around the stage as a way to create a war like atmosphere.  The show was incredible to say the least.  The story, the acting, the music, and most of all the puppetry used were brilliant.  It was a very emotional tale, and I highly recommend it to anyone.  After the show, we returned to the flat to relax.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to get some rest.

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