Ahhh it’s amazing what a night’s sleep in the right time zone will do for you. After sleeping like a log last night, I woke up feeling like a new person. Annie and I got up before our call time of 9 a.m. to get coffee at Cafe Nero. I normally have to at least put some sugar in my coffee, but this was so good that I just added a little milk. I’m not a coffee expert at all, but I give it two thumbs up. Ordering anything or talking to any Brits is intimidating to say the least. They are so fast here. Walking, talking, driving… I already know nothing about coffee, so ordering this morning while 10 other Brits waited behind me was nerve-wracking. I’ve learned to just say yes to any question they ask me. So far that’s going well.
We had a walking tour this rainy morning with a woman named Angela. She took us to Buckingham Palace where we saw the Queen! So every year the Queen reads a speech written by the Prime Minister about all the things the government wants to get done this year. She leaves Buckingham Palace in a large processional and in a carriage to Parliament. We had a front row seat, and there were a lot of people. It was the same road that Diana’s funeral processional was and the same that they took during Will and Kate’s wedding and it was lined with guards. That was really cool. We saw the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla.
Then we stopped at Prince Charles’ old home that he stayed at when he and Princess Di separated. Angela told us that when she was killed, he immediately moved the boys into his home and the Queen took them to her favorite home off in the country to have a private mourning of her death instead of doing it in front of the entire country. Angela said that she camped out all night on the street in order to see Diana’s processional. I had always heard that people loved Di, but this was further confirmation because a true Brit was confirming all of the things I had heard about Diana.
We then walked down to Fleet Street and saw St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is huge and beautiful, which I admired from the outside, as we didn’t go in. After lunch at this yummy burger place, we went straight to sit in on a writing meeting for a TV show. The show hasn’t been announced yet, but now I have to watch it since I watched the writers talk through characters motivations, logistics and personalities. We were there for two hours and it flew by. I really enjoyed that and two of the writers were American in my room, so I felt a little less on the other side of the world.
After the writers room, we headed back to the flats where we relaxed for a bit before dinner. A group went to a pizza place, which is the only pizza place with 5 stars in London. It was a long wait for a group our size and the only seating was in this basement, but it was great. We laughed and talked for a while. The pizza didn’t come cut, so we had to saw it with our forks and knives, but other than that I understand why it had 5 stars. Getting there took an hour and a half in London rush hour, so that was a nice reminder to appreciate the suburbs. Going home didn’t take near as long, so once we got home at 10 p.m. (from dinner!), it was time to turn in.
Seeing the Queen!
The constant drizzle all day long