This morning had a bit of a different routine than the previous as instead of starting with class we were starting with a tourist attraction. I went out for breakfast before our 0845 meeting time. I walked back to the Moreish cafe intending to try their coconut porridge, but they weren’t open yet so I went across the street. There I ordered the early riser breakfast and tea. After breakfast I was running a bit late to meet my group back at Chapter so I met them at King’s Cross station.
At King’s Cross we hopped on the circle line tube train up to Tower Hill where we hopped off and went out to the Tower of London. Before this however, there was a dire need to find a coffee shop for some in my group… After getting everyone a Starbucks top up, we preceded to the entrance for the Tower. Again we had security checks for our bags and tickets and we went through.
On the other side we waited for the Yoeman Warder’s tour and we were rewarded with an excellent Warder, Clive. Clive told us much about the history of the Tower, including the moat, the construction and many of the executions. We saw the chapel where the traitors were buried and here the Warder parted, after telling us that the EIIR on his uniform stood for “Extremely Romantic, twice a day.” He did note that it is not an 11 but a 2 and he made sure to tell the ladies that. It actually stands for Queen Elizabeth the Second.
After the tour, we decided to go see the Crown Jewels and there was such opulence and wealth in this one room. It was very cool to see but seemed like a bit much. After going through there, we went through the original Tower of London, for which the palace is named. They had many different displays including old sets of armor and artillery that had been used in the Tower in past centuries. In the basement of the tower was a very nice and a bit pricey gift shop. I bought a few postcards and some stamps.
Since the group was all hungry at this point, as a group we returned to the Borough Market that we had seen with Brian on our tour. We walked across the London Bridge (not to be confused with the Tower Bridge) and down some stairs to see all of the bustling stalls. I wanted so very much to buy some cheese (I love cheese) and other wares but just couldn’t bring myself to do so. For lunch, I stopped at the Exotic Meat Company and ordered a crocodile burger with onions cheese and cranberry sauce. It basically tasted like a fish patty with the texture of a beef burger, and it was quite good I must say. For lunch I had some hazelnut and pistachio gelato.
After this we returned to IES for a guest speaker, Dr. Catherine Duggan of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). Dr. Duggan was a hoot and a half, and discussed the role of pharmacists in all sectors. She discussed the evolution of the RPS and how it came to be a separate entity from the regulatory body in the U.K. The RPS is comparable to the APhA back in the states from what I can tell. We talked on the evolving role of the pharmacist and how they are developing roles in many different sectors. We also discussed how partnerships are forming across borders and associations to advance the profession. After her lecture I approached her about graduating in one country and practicing in another as I would like to possibly pursue working for Boots U.K. for a few years post graduation. She wants to keep in touch with me about that and I very much look forward to doing so.
After this we departed and I had every intention of getting some work done, like my paper for this abroad class, and lectures for a class at Mercer University. This week I started an elective course for my pharmacy curriculum, titled Community Pharmacy Ownership, and it is provided through Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately I just relaxed for several hours before bed and an early morning the next day. It was a full day but I learned a lot and I am very happy for my experiences thus far.
Martin “Mixy” McNichols
Until we meet again