This morning in class, we discussed the legacies that past Olympic Games have left in their cities — some successful, some failures. I can use all of this information in my final paper for the course! We met in our groups for a bit to discuss more about our projects. It’s slowly coming together. It’s so weird having to do an entire 4-credit course in just a three week period, but everything will get done!
After class, we made our way first to St. Paul’s Cathedral. This is where the Queen celebrated her Silver and Gold Jubilees. In 1981, this is always where Prince Charles and Diana got married. It has been the funeral sites of many military men, and it held the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. The dome is the most impressive part of the elaborate building. It is built to be 365 feet above the ground, intentionally connected to the 365 days in the year. This was symbolic of the possibilities of merging science and faith. We walked all the way up to the top of the dome to see the magnificent city view. It was 257 steps up to what was called the “Whispering Gallery,” where you could look down into the lower parts of the Cathedral. More steps took you up to the Stone Gallery, then even MORE up to the Golden Gallery, totaling 528 steps to the top!
We then went to see the Tate Modern Museum, a collection of contemporary art pieces. I still have a hard time understanding most modern art, but it’s interesting for sure. The first “exhibit” we saw when we walked in was a group of people slowly singing “Electric… Electric …. Electricity” as the lights came on, and then there was a “Beer Can wrapped in Kleenex” in a glass case… That pretty much speaks for what kind of art is in the museum, a little out of my realm of understanding, but I tried to see all the hidden meanings. Seeing as I can’t explain any of the pieces, I attached a few pictures in the slideshow so you can see for yourself!
The Tate Modern is right next to the Millennium Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, so we saw both of those as well. Then we ate dinner at a great little Turkish restaurant called “Tas.” It was absolutely delicious – best meal I’ve had here so far. I had something called a pide, which was basically dough with all kinds of toppings on it. It was sunny when we left the restaurant, but it was raining a little bit – typical London weather from what I’ve gathered. It didn’t last long though, and there was a rainbow in the sky! Last stop of the day was to check out the Olympic Megastore in Hyde Park. I don’t really like most of the Olympic merchandise they have. Most of it is a little too gaudy for me, but it was nice to walk there.