Underground Abroad: Here’s to New Adventures and Friends

The struggle is finally over. I received my phone from customs and now I can continue exploring with the City Mapper app as my guide. This week I went to the National Portrait Gallery and the Southbank Book Market. The National Portrait Gallery located in Trafalgar Square takes viewers through medieval London all the way to present day. This includes portraits of the Royal Family and members of society that have made an impact on Great Britain. I always believed that once modern day photography was created, the royal family had stopped sitting for portraits. It takes a lot of time and would be easier to mass produce if it was a simple photograph. I was surprised and wowed by the fact that the Queen will sit for hours in order to have multiple portraits made during the year. When tourists reach the 20th century floor they can find paintings of Princess Diana and The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

I have waited weeks to make it to the Southbank Book Market. A few vendors will display their books and comics that range from fiction to biblical biographies of past Popes. After rummaging through the different carts, I found a 1978 edition of Marvel comics. Someone must have gotten rid of it while they were young. I will be back sometime this week to see what else I can find that may peak my interest.

The Angel Comedy Show features a series of local comedians for a free show on Saturday nights. This week the show was only supposed to run one time but so many customers came into the bar that they extended the show for another viewing. There was a hysterical French woman who found a way to make sexual innuendos funny. The British are upfront when it comes to things like this and profane language. It was a bit of a shock when the first of the three comedians began her jokes in such a way. Overall, I recommend that if you find yourself in Camden you should grab a pint and sit in for a few laughs.

This week’s play was Herons. A story that transcends time, cultures, and generations. Herons is a play about a young boy, Billy, with a broken family. After his father witnesses the rape and murder of one of Billy’s classmates, Billy begins to be bullied by the murderers younger brother, Scott. Scott takes Adele, the murdered girl’s best friend, as his forced girlfriend. The play follows Billy and how he navigates his home life and the bullying he endures at the hands of Scott and his crew. This graphic yet chillingly accurate tale of high school students can be paralleled to mass school shootings such as Sandy Hook. Though the play offers no solution for these tragedies, it does give people an insight to the lives of children and what they go through at such a young age.

Girls night took me on another trip to Brixton. We had dinner at Turtle Bay, a Caribbean restaurant. We decided to dress up a little this week. Hopefully we make our Friday night dinners our dressup night. While there we all pitched in for dinner selfies. The lighting was great for an intimate dinner but horrible if you wanted to capture the night. We all took out our IPhones and created the best lighting for a selfie with the flashlight app. Always be prepared to help out a friend in need. For dinner I had the jerk chicken flatbread and we split the Rum and Ting Board. The Rum and Ting Board came with four different types of Rum shots and one can of Ting. Together we mix and matched our use of the Ting chaser and compared our reactions to the drink. Overall, the night was filled with laughter, screwed faces after shots, and travel plans.

I’m in love. I am having a relationship with my pizza. —Eat. Pray. Love.

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About Dajé Walker (17 Articles)
Dajé Walker is a sophomore studying Secondary Social Studies Education and History at the Pennsylvania State University. Her obsessions are learning about the history of different countries, trying new foods, and improving her very amateur photography skills. She will be studying abroad this spring with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) in London, England. As an aspiring educator and researcher, she hopes to learn from every experience that she has over the course of the semester. She will be writing weekly reflections on her adventures this semester.

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