24 September 2017
04:40. It was an unexpectedly great night. I met some awesome people and a cute British man sang Hotline Bling to me. I think I’m starting to love London. I’m eating disgusting microwave noodles that are making my tongue tingle. I’m actually not sure if it’s the noodles or just me, to be honest. I need sleep.
11:00. I’m heading to Westminster in a little bit and I’m going to try not to go off course too much today because I have specific photos that I need to take to send to my family. Most importantly, a photo of Big Ben solely because of National Lampoon’s European Vacation.
20:00. I just got back to the hostel and I feel like I accomplished a lot today judging by how bad my knees hurt. I got the photo of Big Ben for my parents but didn’t bother worrying about taking a good one because it is under construction. The London Eye actually looks like fun and I may try to go on tomorrow night. Ferris wheels scare me so we’ll see how that goes.
For lunch, I went to Café in the Crypt under St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square. Tables rest upon gravestones and around to the right is a second dining area with a hallway that goes along the side of it and is lined with interesting headstones from hundreds of years ago.
The National Gallery was suggested while at lunch so that was my next destination. I ended up in the National Portrait Gallery first and was absolutely blown away. One piece in particular, Blind Portrait by Daniel Coves, really moved me. I’m no art expert by any means, my knowledge is much too limited. The pieces of art that I usually connect with most are the ones that I can see some of myself in. Relatable pieces make me more interested to learn about the art and the artist.
At the National Gallery, I was so pleasantly surprised finding out that they had a few of Edgar Degas’ paintings. Degas and Dali are the only artists I’ve ever really studied so seeing a few Degas pieces made my day. In my opinion, the ballet paintings are the best. They make me happy and sad at the same time. I love ballet and it will always hold a special place in my heart but I miss dancing so much. One day I’ll start dancing again. I don’t think it will be anytime soon though, unfortunately.
I grabbed a cup of tea and made my way to St. James’s Park. It looked like the beautiful fake park in Mary Poppins. I need to come back and spend a whole day here with a friend, blanket, snacks, and bottle of wine. The leaves are just starting to change color so everything is a beautiful mixture of green and orange.