Today we (P, L, C, C, M, and I) went to London. P and L for the day, where as C, C, and M were returning to C and M’s place. For me it was time to check into my dorm room at the LSE. Before doing so, however, we had eggs with asparagus as well as sliced flank steak, leftovers from the prior evening. These were a very nice, comforting way, to start the day.
I spent the afternoon with P, L, C, and C, walking along the Thames, and going to the Tower of London. Within the Tower, you can do different tours, so we chose imprisonment and execution first. There were no actual prisoners or executions to see, so I felt mislead. Otherwise, it was impressive if only for the parallels to the current fear of terrorism and waves of paranoia that engulf our country. The second tour was the Crown Jewels. They’re of course incredibly opulent and beautiful. Definitely worth a visit.
By this time we were all famished and followed P (?!) to a pub where I had a cider and we all split some haddock and chips. The haddock was firm yet tender, and the chips were decent. This was my first experience with mashed peas. They were actually kind of nice. There is a bit of tartness in them – perhaps a bit of vinegar? – that livens up what could otherwise be rather bland.
In addition to the Strongbow cider (wahoo) I had a St Johns ale (?). This is a darker, headier beer, with chocolatey notes, but not as much bitterness as I pick up in Guiness. I suspect many another pint of this will cross my lips during my visit here.
We finally parted ways as a group, and I checked into my dorm room at the LSE. It is clean, if not somewhat Spartan, and located just off Trafalgar Square. The traffic can be vigorous at night, but it doesn’t much bother me. This room is a great deal for a great location.
The rest of the evening involved C and I wishing we had a map of London and watching a parade of some sort along the Thames.