Today was fantastic. I woke up at 6:45 again because I wasn’t feeling well, but the antibiotics seem to be kicking in and I felt much better throughout the day today. I just hung around the house until Tiffany woke up then we hung some laundry to dry and folded what was already dry.
We went and ate breakfast at a place Gian Paolo recommended called The Breakfast Club. Tiffany and I both tried blood pudding for the first time and agree that it is absolutely disgusting and we won’t be eating it again. After breakfast, we went to this store called Primark. There’s not really anything in America that I can compare it to. They have clothes and home goods for SUPER cheap. It actually reminds me a lot of stores in South Africa.
After Primark we came home to get ready for our busy afternoon and evening. I went to the post office and mailed some things home then took a shower. Tiffany did my hair and makeup and I felt very pretty. Afternoon tea at the Ritz was a bit overwhelming but overall an amazing experience and I’m really glad we did it. I felt really weird about the waiter pulling my chair out for me then pushing me back in and I really didn’t like it when he folded my napkin and put it on my lap for me. I never really got used to having them pour our tea for us and I eventually just started pouring my own. I was very afraid that I was going to do something wrong and get us thrown out. Thankfully, that did not happen. It was very very fancy and very beautiful. From what I’ve heard about her, I think my great grandmother probably rolled over in her grave a couple of times during my afternoon tea.
Tea lasted until about 5:15 and the doors to the theater didn’t open until a little after 6, so we took a walk through Green Park to Buckingham Palace before returning to the Ritz and catching our very first black cab to the theater. There was so much leg room and there were no people crowding us and we got to sit down. It was lovely.
The London equivalent of China Town is just across the street from the theater and we caught the tail end of a group of what I assume we’re street performers playing the drums and working a dragon puppet before going into the theater.
Les Miserables was AMAZING! Their 30 year anniversary of continuously performing in London is this October and it’s pretty cool that we got to go in a big anniversary year. The set was out of this world. There was a giant rotating circle in the stage floor that added a lot of depth to the performance and the way they used their set pieces for multiple uses was really cool.
I usually like to write a lot more than this, but we have to be awake in less than 4 hours to leave for the airport for our flight to Dublin!