Day 5

26 September 2017

London, England

18:00 The morning started at the Shoreditch Grind. While drinking tea and eating unusual porridge, I looked for a train ticket to Edinburgh. Expensive. I booked the cheapest flight that they had available for the day which was at 20:55. This gave me plenty of time to walk a bit more and visit the Victoria and Albert Museum!

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I got to King’s Cross Station and walked to a convenient store that will hold your luggage all day for about £6. (There is a place right in Pancras Station that will hold them but I didn’t find this out until later. I walked to V&A and tried to not make any detours or get distracted because I needed to go there and was now limited on time. … After wandering off in random directions because something or other caught my eye, I finalljy made it. The architecture alone held me in awe.

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The first room I went into had all church related pieces. They were so detailed that I had to sit and study a few larger works for several minutes to be able to fully take it in.

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The Brixen Altarpiece

I got extremely lucky that while I was there that a Balenciaga exhibition was running. Balenciaga: Shaping Fasion. It showcases over 100 pieces by Cristóbal Balenciaga, his students, and designers carrying on his legacy.

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While walking through the Rapid Response Collecting gallery I noticed in one of the display cases was a pink hat. One of the pussyhats from the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. I am so proud to say that I was there and took part in that amazing movement in DC earlier this year. Seeing one of the hats and a photo on display in such a famous museum really reassured me that people had not forgotten about it and that the movement will continue.

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Pussyhat

I hopped on the tube back to King’s Cross and picked up my luggage. I headed off to Gatwick with a bit of sadness. I don’t want to leave but I know that tomorrow holds another adventure.

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