All of these chairs were set up for the Tour de France entertainment stuff. I can't remember what else I did with the rest of the day but I'm sure it involved a lot of walking :)
Day 3, Saturday: Saturday started out a lot of the same. During lunchtime, I went over to St. James Park (can you tell I liked it there?) to eat the lunch I had bought. After being in the park for a while, I wandered over to the end of the Tour de France Prologue race course. The Prologue is an individual timed event where each rider is trying to make the best time possible.I watched that until I had to leave for the 5 pm group meet-up back at Kings College. The rest of my program had arrived and this was my first chance to meet them.
We took a short walking tour of the South Bank. I would have liked to get a little more information on where to find stuff like pots and pans. Oh, well. After the tour, a group of us when to a pub, Doggets Coat and Badge which was right on the Thames. Stayed up this night until 11pm. W00t!
Day 4, Sunday: I got up relatively early to go watch the official start of the Tour de France on Blackfriars Bridge. Another British Studies student was also going to watch the race so we walked there together. He knew a lot about cycling so that was interesting. All of the riders flashed by in short succession.
After the orientation, a group of us went on a walking tour. It was a very similar route to the one I had taken the last couple of days. We walked past the London Eye, across Westminster Bridge, over to St. James Park, to Buckingham Palace and back. We saw the biggest ham of a pelican in the park. He was just standing in the middle of the pathway grooming himself and posing for pictures.
And that was the end of that day.
Monday, July 9th: This day was the first day of class. We met in the courtyard of our building and walked across to the King's College building which houses everything like classrooms, the student union, a restuarant, library, computer labs, etc. Our class was going to a computer training room in the library. There, we met one of the people who has been helping organize things on the England end. He ran through our itinerary and talked a little bit about each place. Then our professors talked a little bit about the requirements of the class, papers, and such. We all set up a blog to be our reflective journal. We broke up around noon and wandered off to get lunch before the afternoon London Alive! sessions.
Erica and I were going on the A River Runs Through It tour. This tour went by boat from the Westminster pier to Greenwich of Prime Meridian fame. The professor leading the tour, Dr. Davies, is another one who would be a lot of fun in class. There were a LOT of people on this tour. Unfortunately, we missed the boat leaving the one pier by minutes and had to wait a half hour for the next one.
Once we got on the boat, Erica and I decided to sit in the enclosed area rather than the top of the boat so we wouldn't get sunburnt. (I'm so glad someone else felt the same way!) The commentary during the boat ride was informative and witty with just a twist of sarcasm. It was great.
We sailed under the Tower Bridge and were off to Greenwich. Unfortunately, that evening back at the college, we had a formal welcome from King's College to attend which started at 5.30. We arrived at Greenwich at 4. That meant we couldn't spend anytime there and we needed to grab the Tube back. Luckily, my class is going back there so we have another chance to see things.
OK, that is the end of this post even though I didn't cover my class' trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon yesterday. Another London Alive! session is starting at 1 and I still have to eat! I'll try to post about yesterday later today.