I also took pictures of the area around my school—things I walk by every day, or visit frequently, or what have you.

1.  Me with William, the marvelous desk attendant who lights up Reid Hall (my dorm building) every weekday.  This man was once mistaken for Elton John when the two of them happened to show up at the same performance of Billy Elliot (William was wearing a light-up jacket).  He has increased the fabulousness of my semester by 300%.

2.  A view from the park bridge that takes me to Baker Street.

3.  More bridge & water.

4.  Water, birds.

5.  More water, more birds.  I have found the herons a particular source of entertainment.  They always hunch their shoulders like they are having the worst day that anyone has ever had.  One time I saw a heron who appeared to be having a good time, or at least flirting with that idea, but the sight of another bird (one of those vulgar pigeons, I believe, who will insist on enjoying themselves no matter how windy the day is) having fun offended it so deeply that it hunched up again.  If any of you are ever on QI, and Stephen Fry asks which is the most misanthropic bird, you had better credit me with your answer.

6.  This charming frieze on Marylebone commemmorates a place that used to hold a house where Dickens lived for a little bit. 

7.  Daunt Books, the fantastic Edwardian book store where I have been buying all of my suitcase weights this semester.  I will miss it.

8.  More water and birds, from a different bridge—the one that takes me back to school from Marylebone when the Baker Street gate is closed (after the absurd deadline of 4 PM).


Today I went to the Museum of London, just in time to catch their brand-new Dickens exhibit (fig. 1—Havisham’s costumes from the Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Great Expectations).  It was excellent.  I also had a lot of fun in the other galleries (fig. 2—this Tudor-era Spanish headdress was available to try on, so I thought I’d reconstruct what 16th-century Facebook profile pics probably looked like).  A worthwhile trip.


Sherlock Holmes photoset!  I figured I owed it to you all, having lived right off of Baker Street for the last semester.

1. The door of 221B.

2. Seldom was anything so beautifully Victorian.

3. Sherlock’s bedroom (beekeeping book open on nightstand).

4. The infamous instrument.

5. Sherlock’s pipes.

6. Watson’s desk.

7.  Sherlock’s desk.

8.  Sherlock statue by the Baker Street tube stop.

9.  A Sherlock profile made out of little Sherlock profiles (tiles inside the Baker Street tube stop).

10.  Nothing is sacred.


Yesterday, I went with my friend Lizzy (pictured above as my Watson) to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, then to the Science Museum, then to Tower Bridge, then to dinner in Chinatown.  It was lovely and exhausting and I finished all my Christmas shopping in the gift shops.

Yesterday, I went with my friend Lizzy (pictured above as my Watson) to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, then to the Science Museum, then to Tower Bridge, then to dinner in Chinatown.  It was lovely and exhausting and I finished all my Christmas shopping in the gift shops.


Since it is my last week here, I am cramming in all the museums I can manage.  On Wednesday, I went to the Tate Modern.  I had a fantastic time, and a lovely walk across the Milennium Bridge to get there.


Finally, last night: my friends and I, stupidly, did the all you can eat deal at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant.  Here is the document of my shame.

Finally, last night: my friends and I, stupidly, did the all you can eat deal at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant.  Here is the document of my shame.


I also managed to capture a bunch of people setting off a floating lantern (again, a little shaky at the beginning).  Hummed songs from Tangled the rest of the night.


While the others were on the ferris wheel, I remembered how my camera has a video function.  It’s a bit shaky, due to my not being a cinematographer or anything, but I had to pan around and get film of the water being pretty and people enjoying themselves.


After Covent Garden, we went to the Winter Wonderland carnival in Hyde Park.  It was great fun, though almost farcically crowded.  My friends rode the ferris wheel.  I took pictures of it instead.


Had a very Christmasy Saturday.  First, Christmas market in Covent Garden.  There were reindeer.

1.  Reindeer are rather like cats with antlers.  FUZZY ANTLERS!  They have fur on their antlers, guys!

2. Giant Christmas tree.

3. Giant Christmas ornaments.

4. Giant Christmas…paella?



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