So I had to get up early today catch a bus to the airport. Everything went off without a hitch. I got to the airport with plenty of time and was pleased to see that my flight was not delayed or canceled.
We boarded the plane late because they were being really picky about baggage. I luckily snuck through without them checking mine (it definitely would have gone over the size limit). Once again I got a window seat and the one next to me was empty. Too bad this won't happen when I'm on my way back home. Of course I didn't get any sleep on the plane. There was some snow in parts of England north of London, but sadly none in London itself.
When we landed it was raining, of course, and we had to wait for a long time to get to customs. The bright side was since I came from Ireland you didn't have to go through the normal intense customs. Someone just looked at my boarding pass then looked at my passport and I was on my way.
I got back to London with just enough time to empty my bag, scarf down some food and take a shower before heading to class.
This was a fiasco. We were supposed to meet at the Victoria and Albert Museum at 2:15. Because of another tube strike our professor told us a specific bus to take to get there. Of course I went to the bus stop and even though it was supposed to run every 6-12 minutes it was going to come for 45 minutes. So I got on a different one that would take me to Hyde Park Corner and I would walk from there. This did not work out either. There was a student protest on Oxford Street, greatly slowing traffic. So I got off near Hyde Park Corner and waited around for Chao (he was also having major difficulties). From there we walked directly to the Albert Memorial figuring we'd meet them halfway (it being about 3 pm at this point). They weren't there so we decided to walk the class route in reverse and hope to run into them. We found them not too long after that. Turns out they didn't start until 2:45 so we actually didn't miss too much.
The rest of class wasn't too bad. We looked at the Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall, some buildings along Queen's Gate then ended inside the Natural History Museum. This building is beautiful, inside and out. The whole outside is made of banded terra-cotta bricks, in blue-gray and terra-cotta colors. Inside greatly reflects what the museum houses, with plant and animal figures everywhere (the outside has a bunch of animal sculptures all along the roof). Once class was over Chao and I walked around the museum a bit before catching a bus back to the flat. Of course there was tremendous traffic so instead of riding it all the way back I got out at Picadilly circus and walked back from there.
When I got back to the flat I made myself some dinner then attempted to work on my essay. After dozing off while reading I decided to take a little nap before getting right back to it. Somehow I managed to finish the essay around 1:45 (much earlier than I had expected). All I have to do in the morning is the bibliography and citations.