I have been on holiday! It's partly been a holiday from work and partly an actual going away holiday.
I went to London. Which is more expensive than going for the day (involving hotels and Oyster cards) but means getting to places earlier in the day and being able to go out at night without having to wait ages for a train and then getting home really late.
The best thing was that I finally looked into the 2 for 1 thing the train leaflets are always going on about. There turns out to be loads of things you can get in to for (effectively) half price for two people. So we did things that would normally be overpriced, but ended up reasonably priced.
I have lots of ordinary photos of the London skyline from the London Eye and a boat trip we took from Westminster to Greenwich. I was mostly ok on those, but once I got off my head wasn't too sure about that movement. We did freeze on the boat, but sitting inside made my head feel funny.
We went to Westminster Abbey. It was mostly graves, some grander than others. It was quite sad that some you couldn't read because they were on the floor and lots of people have walked over them over the years. The most interesting bits were all the scientists in one area. Isaac Newton had a big ornate thing, but Paul Dirac had an equation on his. Then there was Poet's Corner with lots of poets and authors. Some of these poets, authors and scientists were buried there, but most (I think) were just commemorated there.
We also went to Kensington Palace. It was a bit of an odd place, because there was a lot there, but not really much indication of what much of it was. If you got lucky then you managed to be in the right place at the right time for a talk, but otherwise you were on your own or asking a guide.
Amusingly, at Westminster Abbey we saw the graves of Elizabeth I and Mary I. I was confused at Mary I because I didn't remember another Queen Mary. Until I went to Kensington Palace and they talked about William III and Mary II. Which explained it, but I've only ever seen them referred to as William and Mary without the numbers.
One evening we went to see Phantom of the Opera - partly because we're signing a medley of it this term and we'd never seen it. The theatre was designed a bit oddly because there was nowhere where you could sit and see the whole stage. But aside from that I enjoyed it - the songs in the medley are definitely the best songs (and with some extra alto bits!).
Another evening we went to see the wheelchair rugby. This was a special thing they put on to complement the rugby world cup. Not that it was well advertised at all. It was in the Copper Box at the Olympic Park and really empty. It was really good to see live, though (much better than on TV). I like wheelchair rugby because the rules are simple and it's fun to watch. We saw GB vs Australia. Australia were narrowly ahead the whole time and ended up winning, but it was still a good match. Then there was South Africa vs USA, which was very one-sided. It was obvious which side the crowd were on, as when USA scored there was silence, but when South Africa scored the crowd went wild!
Mirrored from my blog.