The British Museum
Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
36Trip End May 01, 2011
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Today I think I am tired. It was hard to get going. The 3rd roommate left for school and Ooud and I talked a little until she set out. She thanked me for talking with her but it was my pleasure...she was a very nice young woman.
The first order of the day was to go back to the bookstore that had the remainders of some cute little classic travel books: Humboldt, Wallace, Kingsley, Marco Polo, et al. I took my mailer to see how many I could get it....all but one that I wanted. Then off to the Post Office...I had been there before...it was a combined Post Office, convenience store where I got juice. There was quite a line after I found a bigger, much more expensive mailer but managed to send the package and some postcards out with a very inquisitive postmistress....where do I live, do my family live there, etc. Now it was almost 11 am and I still haven't eaten so I made some time for what was advertised as a complete English breakfast
After breakfast...my main meal for the day, I walked across Euston Street to the London Library. This is a fantastic new library with a courtyard and its own cafe. Very nice! Inside there are of course books and people looking a books and studying. There was also an exhibit - very high tech - of all the various forms of English. There were were written and audio specimens. You could also make a recording of your own particular dialect/accent for their files.
Then I headed off to the British Museum. I tried to see as much of Bloomsbury as I could but I didn't see a whole lot before I got to the museum. This building too is very grand....and big. I went in the outdoor courtyard where lots of people were sitting out having lunch. The indoor courtyard had a center conference area where there was a special exhibit of Afghani treasures saved during all the periods of war. I didn't think I could get a ticket but there was no problem and I got right it. This part...although fascinating artifacts...was tiring because there were so many people you had to stand around quite a bit. Eventually I got through everything...fascinating tomb artifacts of some nomads in northern Afghanistan where the man and 4 or 5 women had gold decorations on their robes
So tomorrow morning isn't as bad as I thought. My flight isn't until 1 pm so I can get the tube to Victoria Station sometime before nine and then take a train to Gatwick. So now to do some photo management tasks and hopefully get online for a bit.