On September 25th 2017 at 05:00 am, I found myself standing in Copenhagen airport alongside 29 groggy classmates. Half asleep we made our way through security and eventually onto the plane. We arrived at Gatwick and took the Tube to Queensway station, which was close to the hotel. Our first excursion was a guided walk around Peckham, an area slowly being taken over by art galleries, brunch cafés and hipsters. After taking the bus for 45 minutes back to the hotel we finally had time for a nap and a shower before going out to dinner in the neighborhood.
On the second day, Tuesday, we started by taking the Tube to Kings Cross Station. We went in to the famous platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter, but honestly it was quite disapointing. It was basically just a brick wall in the middle of the station with half a prop luggage cart stuck to it. But no matter. We took a walk around the area and stopped by the British Library to look at an exhibition. Then we walked along Regents Canal, all the way up to Camden. It was great being back there, and this time Johanne and I could show our friends the beautiful rooftop bar we had sat at last time. We sat at the bar for hours, just relaxing, talking and enjoying the surroundings.
In the evening the entire class had planned to go to the opera and see The Magic Flute, but about eight of us went to see The Lion King musical instead. It was absolutely amazing! The talent and hard work lit up the stage and so did the magnificent costumes and sets. It was truly a breathtaking experience - would definitely recommend. After the show we had a few cocktails and headed home.
Wednesday we started at Tate Britain. Me mainly focused on the Turner exhibition and the different stages he went through as a painter. My favorite pieces were actually his watercolour sketches, not the huge oil paintings. Later we met with a guide/Shakespeare enthusiast who took us for a 2,5 hour long tour of the area in which Shakespeare lived and told us more stories and anecdotes about him than I can count. We spent the late afternoon in Brick Lane sitting at a random café for two hours. We were so tired!
Thursday we visited Tate Modern and walked around their free exhibitions. They had several rooms dedicated to creating awareness about the underrepresentation of female artist in museums and galleries. There were a lot of shocking statistics regarding the matter. Then we went to Shakespeare's The Globe, a replica of the original outdoor theatre. Our guide was scottish and extremely entertaining. After the tour of the Globe we participated in a workshop using Shakespeare's own play, Macbeth. The hardest part wasn't the acting, but actually pronouncing the words. We attended evensong in Saint Paul's cathedral at 18 o'clock and then ate dinner together all 30 of us at Nandos.
Friday the 29th was our last day in London, and everyone was SO tired after the night before, that we all walked around like zombies half the day. At 1 pm we had booked something called an escape room. It is basically one big puzzle, where the objective is to escape by solving the mission/puzzle and unlock the door. It was really fun, although I was terrible at it. Around 4 o'clock we headed off to Gatwick airport and flew home.
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