So close but no cigar

Trip Start Jan 16, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My past two adventures have been not quite up to my expectations. Last Thursday I decided to venture out and see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, with the actual intention of getting one of those funny pictures of messing with a guard. I thought going on a weekday would mean there would be less of a crowd, but I was completely mistaken. I was totally surprised by how many school aged children were not in school. The ceremony itself seemed cool but I couldn't see a lot because I'm short and everyone standing in front of me was tall ( this seems to happen a lot ). The whole thing also dragged on a little long for me. I was told by a copper that we were lucky to have come that day because they left through the middle gate which they never do. I did like the large fountain and statue in the middle of the square but Buckingham Palace was not what I expected. It didn't look as fancy as I had hoped. When I got back to campus I chatted for a bit with our front desk man who is absolutely fabulous. He reminds me of what I assume Elton John would be like. He told me that I have to go to some building near Trafalgar Square to get my picture taken with a guard and this place is famous because an old lady once went up to the guard politely told him his fly was down and then proceeded to grab his crouch, pull up the zipper and kiss him goodbye. On Sunday was the Chinese New Year and supposedly London has the second largest parade outside China. Unfortunately it was cold and rainy so the parade was cut short and everything looked a little drab. We stayed for the parade and looked at some booths but ended up going home soon after. My friend Ann was able to pick up two marbles with chopsticks in less than 30 seconds and won us all these super cool postcards! The weather has gotten cold and gross again and the snow storm that happened on the east coast seems to have moved over here. The Londoners say they have never seen so much snow before and I'm worried I brought it over with me me.
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