Albertopolis: why it’s good to marry Queen Victoria

Back in London and back to school — 60% done with my semester all of a sudden — so here’s a short update on the week so far.

  • I got back to London with essentially no major problems in transit — other than that I actually got to Paddington before the first tube of the day actually ran! However, I made a rookie mistake and slept from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday, throwing all of my various schedules completely out of whack. I have not yet totally recovered! (The jet lag did give me a chance to plow through House of Cards on Netflix, which I recommend if you have it.)

A happy moment from the trip home

A happy moment from the trip home

  • The weather in the first part of the week was excellent, with two (rare) days of nothing but blue skies. Tuesday’s class architecture trip was to “Albertopolis” — the museums and other cultural buildings in South Kensington that were organized by (and built in memory of) Victoria’s husband Prince Albert. In case you were unaware she was extremely in love with him, which is reflected in his absurdly gaudy monument in Hyde Park.

Seems about right for a Prince Consort

Seems about right for a Prince Consort

  • We walked past Royal Albert Hall to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is a massive and spectacular collection of all sorts of trinkets and items from history. Despite spending an hour there on Wednesday and another half-hour there yesterday (when I confirmed that it was a short half-hour walk away), I’ve barely scratched the surface of how much stuff there is inside.

The impossibly beautiful chandelier in the main entrance of the V & A

The impossibly beautiful chandelier in the main entrance of the V & A

What a nice day it was

What a nice day it was

  • It’s taken a lot of energy to try to get back in the swing of things but I’m making progress. Plans for my trip in March-April are beginning to come together (one month away, somehow!). My friend Haley who you may remember from adventures in Milan is in London for the next five days so I will be exploring a bit with her, I’m sure. Tomorrow we’re going to see a match between Fulham FC and Stoke City FC — if you’re in the States, you can watch live on ESPN2 at 7:30 am! (I’m sure this offer appeals to many of you…)

A fro-yo place in South Kensington — Harry Potter readers will understand the meaning

A fro-yo place in South Kensington — Harry Potter readers will understand the meaning

All for now.

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2 comments

  1. Jeyna Grace · February 23, 2013

    That is one unique chandelier!

  2. Laura · February 23, 2013

    Even I know what snog means, silly.

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