Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Looooong First Week of December

So now that we've already been to the Christmas markets in Cologne, the flight home on December 10 has been looming large in our minds. What were we to do to keep the endless waiting off our minds?

We started off by taking our first London Walk; when we arrived in Covent Garden, the city was looking festive.

Even though we know the Covent Garden area quite well, we were still shown some cool things we hadn't come across. First among them: Floral Hall,

and a balcony with a great view of the market.

We also went in the Royal Courts of Justice and the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons. We liked this place so much (especially Teriann) that we went back two days later to spend more time there.

This is the antithesis of the Imperial War Museum — rather than documenting all the energies humans have spent over the centuries killing each other, the Hunterian Museum (named after 18th-century all-purpose scientist John Hunter) documents all the energies humans have spent over the centuries learning about science and anatomy and health. Consisting of a more-interesting-than-you-would-think exhibit about the history of surgery and an unbelievably diverse collection of preserved dissections, this museum is somehow fascinating without drifting into pedantry.

And after a fairly vanilla weekend that included a choir concert and our flat Christmas party, we saw a fantastic show, La Cage Aux Folles, on Monday night — because it was our year-and-a-half anniversary.

You won't be hearing from me for a while because we're finally going home tomorrow. And the monthly photos thing won't continue (who cares what my favorite cathedrals are anyway?). So long until the new year!

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