After getting some good sleep and recovering a little from the weekend, I awoke to a beautiful and sunny day in London. I was a bit taken aback as it was sunny, but I was looking forward to a great day. I got up and started down the street looking forward to breakfast at the Moreish again, but I made a wrong turn and missed the Moreish that morning. Instead I stopped at Cafe Nero (I mistook it for Cafe Nerd the first time) and ordered a ham and cheese croissant. They toasted it for me and I preceded to IES and ate my sandwich. I arrived before some but not all and we discussed our weekends.
We attended class by Dr. Scott and talked about the cost of prescription drugs both at home and abroad. There was some discussion about how prices have been changing recently as well as what goes into the cost of a drug. There were some interesting perspectives and ideas to come from this. My professor and many of my classmates are fans of the single payer system (form of insurance where there is only one payer, the government) and a national formulary (list of drugs and what will be paid for them). After class we broke for lunch for about an hour.
For lunch I went down to a restaurant called Munchkins. There I sat at a very patriotic table outdoors and peruse the menu. I asked the server if I should have the Bangers and Mash or the Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. I ended up enjoying a plate of Bangers and Mash. I must say there are some very good fares on the British menus. After finishing up I payed, and I must say I do not like paying for water, my drink of choice anywhere I go, and I do everywhere I go here. Sigh, oh well.
After lunch, the class had decided to go to the British Museum. I met them on their way to the museum and we went through security for our entry to the museum. One wonderful thing about many of the things here, they are either quite inexpensive, or in this case, free. Once in, we preceded up stairs to some of the galleries and saw some displays about the vikings and original inhabitants of the English Isle. After this I broke off from the group and went through an exhibit on the history of money that I was very much engaged with. I found all of the information on the evolution of coin and paper to plastic and electronic payment to be quite fascinating.
After going through the Citi Financial wing, I wandered through the museum, but I am not much of a history afficienado so I preceded out of the galleries. I then spent some time in the museum gift shop and saw some very interesting things, but nothing I was interested in purchasing. I then exited the museum and sat in the courtyard, relaxing for a bit. It was quite a nice day, sunny after all. After a bit I went back to Chapter to finish up some things.
Back at Chapter I rested for a bit and decided to work on adding pictures to some of my previous posts. Unfortunately, that was much slower going than I had anticipated. In about three hours I finished just two of the four posts I needed to work on. I will have to finish that up when I can but it takes surprisingly longer than I’d like it to. Hopefully Paris just took me so much time because of the amount of pictures I had taken. At about 1800 I got ready to leave for Victoria Station, supper, and a play.
After taking the tube to Victoria Station, I found a pub, The Shakespeare, and went in to order dinner. I had about 70 minutes until my play started and so I thought I had a comfortable amount of time. After sitting I saw the waitress busily working the entire room, as it seemed to me, alone. I got a menu after about 30 minutes and 15 minutes later she had not returned to my table. I regretted having to, but I left as I had a play to make it to.
At 1910 I arrived at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and showed my ticket. I bought a souvenir program guide and waited to take my seat. After taking my seat I drank in the theatre, and settled in, waiting for Wicked to start, turning off my phone. The performance was amazing and I was very happy to have gone. At intermission I ordered a bagel, that they were out of, so I ordered a different one and it was brought to my seat so efficiently and quite easily. It was very tasty and I was happy to enjoy the rest of the performance. Wicked was amazing and I was very glad that I chose to attend. After returning to Chapter, I turned in for the night.
Martin “Mixy” McNichols
Until we meet again