Monday, January 16, 2012

Making the most of London

Now that I am based in London again I have vowed to make the most of it, and so far I have been. I was going to go ice-skating outside the Natural History Museum, but the ice-rink had been closed down. So I decided to go to the one in Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, but alas that was also closed down now. Damn temporary ice rinks! So I gave up and wondered in towards Soho and the West End along Piccadilly. I haven't walked along that way before, and it was well worth it! I gaped at all the absurdly expensive jewellery in the windows, and discovered a delicious place to get chocolate- Khave Dunyasi. It was super delicious. I just had a hot chocolate, but I was left feeling pretty confident that everything in there was super tasty.

After my pause for a delicious hot drink (and reprieve from the chilly evening) I braved the darkness of early evening, and continued on to the West End. I had been considering going to see a film, but I felt like watching something a bit different, and there wasn't anything that caught my fancy. Then I remembered seeing a place selling cheap tickets to some of the theatres, so rocked on up. I was a bit sceptical of my chances when I was informed that the computer systems were down, but would be back in ten minutes, and when they finally did come back on (after about ten minutes) the girl in front of me paid £75 to go and see Matilda the following day. I was less keen when they said £35 for Chicago, which sure, I would like to see, but for £35? So I asked about Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, and was very pleased to find out that he could get tickets to Les Mis for £18, but with a restricted view, or £25 for a proper view. As I wanted to enjoy it I went for the £25 ticket, and I'm glad I did!

I have officially fallen in love with theatre, it is amazing. I had such a good time, even though I was there by myself. It really was incredible, I don't even know how to describe it! I want to see more now, everything! I could go again and again. I've still got the songs from Les Mis going around in my head, I'm thinking of getting the album. I want to remember them properly, I'll never get them out of my head otherwise! Hopefully I will be able to go and see more soon, maybe even tomorrow evening, or the day after. I want to see the Phantom of the Opera, and Chicago. They're my next top two. I want to go and see some Shakespeare at the Globe, but that doesn't open until Feb or March I don't think, presumably because it is open air and they would all die of hypothermia in the winter!

I am planning to go and explore the Victoria and Albert Museum (finally) tomorrow, with some friends who moved over here at the end of last year, and I haven't had the chance to catch up with until now. Seeing friends AND museums at the same time!!! And I'm even going to have time to paint my nails in the morning. I still haven't worked out what colour, I'm bored with the ones I have. Maybe time for something new and exciting.

In further adventuring news, it would seem that I am going to Switzerland this weekend. Yay! I'm not much of a ski bunny, but I like pretty, snowy scenery and I don't mind a bit of cold. I'll drink hot chocolate and stay inside mostly. Afternoons out with the kids sledding or whatever, but that's fine. I can do sledding. I think. So long as it doesn't involve strapping my feet to things and standing up then I'm willing to try!

Right, time for some chamomile tea and sleeping before I end up sleep deprived again. That would be a terrible state to be going to the museum in.

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