Wow I did not want to get up this morning, but I had to because we were going to Abbey Road! That’s where the image, that you can see at the top of this post, was taken. Jess, Amanda and I hopped on the train like pros and headed out to Abbey Road. I’m not like a Beatles aficionado, but I could appreciate the fact that this place was music history. I love music, so it was still very cool to see where some of the most iconic records of all time were made. We saw the road, Abbey Road, that was the cover of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road. It was just a normal road. There was a pretty good crowd there and I don’t think many of them knew that the cards have to yield to pedestrians who are walking on the crosswalk. That was funny and there was a lot of honking by the cars that were held up by the tourists. I’m sure there was an alternate route they could take if they really wanted to. We met some Canadian girls about our age, so they took our pictures and we took theirs. It was a cute little community where everyone was helping everyone take photos. Jess, Amanda and I got our picture and looked at the actual Abbey Road Studios. Not only the Beatles recorded there, but also One Direction (the song was Olivia), Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Nobody can go in the actual recording studio, but people signed all over the fence and the concrete wall. There was even a marriage proposal spray painted on the wall. We also spent a while in the gift shop buying souvenirs. They had the original record case that held the first cut of Hey Jude, which was music history! So, that was the main attraction of the day and it was very, very enjoyable. After that we came back to the flats to figure out the rest of the day.
Annie and I ended up getting together with two of our advisors and got “proper” burgers–according to the restaurant. They were really good and I had an Oreo milkshake for fun with my burger. It reminded me of America. Annie and I got some souvenir t-shirts in Leicester Square with the rest of the tourists. There were so many people around and it was hot and I was tired, so we bee-lined for the flat. It was nice to sit and catch up on some Pi Phi things and upload pictures to my laptop instead of running around the city, since I’ve been doing that for like 11 straight days. Annie found a shop she wanted to go to, so while she did that I worked and eventually went to a pub with Jess to have dinner and some Pimms. Pimms is very delicious alcohol that reminds me of like an Arnold Palmer. It’s very refreshing, so this hot day was perfect to enjoy a Pimms with dinner. I hear that you can get it in America, so I recommend you keep an eye out. We chatted about all kinds of things while football fans filed in for a game tonight. It was like being in a sports bar during a Thunder game.
After that we came back to the flat and hung out with some of our classmates and watched Britain’s Got Talent. This show is on literally every night and it’s always a new episode. They must get through a season in a week here. My favorite parts are when we are in the room hanging out with some people on the trip. We decided to go get milkshakes for our bed time snack at Exmouth Market, which is on our street. We came back to the room to chill and plan out tomorrow, which is our last day in London.
I’ve enjoyed London. I think more than I like New York City. There is less traffic, the weather is nicer, and the food is more original and less American chain-y. London is very authentic, which is grounded in its long and, sometimes, tumultuous history. I appreciate that about it.
Going to the pub with Jess
Wandering around looking for Leicester Square