So it is now November which to the Brits apparently means it is now Christmas. Any and all Halloween decorations have disappeared and storefronts are covered with Christmas displays.
So I went to NYU before class today to meet with Andrew to work on our presentation for class at Tate Modern tomorrow.
After that we made our way to St. Pancras area where we were meeting for another field trip. Today's trip was of churches all over London. My favourite by far was Westminster Cathedral (different from the abbey). This is a catholic church near Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station. The outside has wonderful bright brick work with a tall tower (campanile - something like that). The tower is apparently the one that the woman in Hitchcock's Vertigo is pushed off of. The inside is beautiful and huge. The bottom half is very decorated with side chapels, mosaics, a huge central nave and very elaborate marble work. The top half (all the vaults) is in all black brick. It is a wonderful contrast with the colour and intricacy of the lower half. It also makes the place seem larger, as it is difficult to discern where the ceiling ends. I am definitely going to go back there for some Christmas events in December.
After that I made my way back to the flat and just hung out for the evening (eating too many cupcakes and too much pumpkin cake). I have very little food left but I'm trying not to buy too much more since I'll be gone all next week.