The one month of my arrival has come and past and the clock is ticking towards my departure in two months time. I have happened upon the unfortunate fact that time moves rather too quickly. Since coming back from Edinburgh, Scotland my time has been full of great new adventures. From meeting up with my Grandpa during his layover, to going to see Simon Russell Beale in King Lear, to taking picnics in the park, I have been living every moment to the fullest.
From concerts to palaces, Bath to the London Eye, from going to the theatre to the movies- all in between classes and interning- I scarcely have a time to just sit and relax, and you won’t hear me complaining at all! I have been given so many amazing opportunities to explore and learn that NO simply is not part of my vocabulary. Below are outlined some of the few things I have been able to do over the last two weeks!
The Fray concert— An amazingly talented group of guys that I got to see from the front row! Their drummer was off having his baby, so every song was acoustic and raw. We were given the chance to have a once in a life time performance that no other audience would hear again.
Lambeth Palace- Home to the Archbishop of Canterbury. With my Britian Today course I was able to take a scarcely given tour of this historical palace that has housed Archbishops of Canterbury for hundreds of year. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the head of the Church of England, and works some what like the Pope to spread the love of Jesus and lead the Church of England.
Bath- The Roman city situated outside of London coined the city of leisure and pleasure. If you are a Jane Austen fan you will remember reading of Bath in many of her novels. Back in the early 1st century the Romans discovered a hot springs and built a temple, baths, and leisure centre around the hot springs. Believed to bring healing powers the hot springs baths soon became the place to go for relaxation and healing.
Much later in history the British people turned Bath into a city that encompassed the Roman Baths, and centered on the social season. People of all classes would come to bath, rent rooms in fabulous palace looking apartment buildings, take part in glorious parties, and treat themselves. Bath became a place where no matter your class as long as you could pay you could take part in the festivities.
Back in London I have been fortunate enough to see two vastly different and equally wonderful plays. The first, The Duck House, a play about the MP expense scandal of the 2010s that was riddled with jabs and laughs about the British MPs, their behaviors, and the repercussions that did not receive. It was like watching a wonderfully, hilarious British sitcom live! Secondly, I was able to witness pure genius by the actors in the National Theatre’s King Lear. Having studied the play before attendance in my Shakespeare course I was able to appreciate the underlying meanings that spill from the pages onto the stage. Simon Russell Beale was perfection as King Lear and was supported by a group of grossly talented actors. The despair and frustration of going mad while your kin leave you naked in the middle of a storm was told beautifully and supported by a wonderfully creative set. I am still in awe of each work that I have seen performed, and am blessed that these will most definitely not be my last.
The Fray: http://www.thefray.com/us/
Lambeth Palace: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/pages/about-lambeth-palace.html
The Duck House: http://www.vaudeville-theatre.co.uk/The-Duck-House.html
King Lear: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/king-lear