Right when I landed into London, I stank so bad that I couldn't even withstand myself. I think I might have stunk up the tube hehe. So I went straight back to Regent's College to take a blissful shower and freshen up to impress the fam! Our reunion was uplifting, the hugs and kisses - I really missed them. Every time, without fail, I have really learned to appreciate my family more when I go long periods of time without seeing them. I have taken the comforts of home for granted all these years, up until I went off to college. There really isn't anything like it, that warm and fuzzy feeling and just being extremely comfortable with the people around you. Being out in London has put a strain on my deaf world, I had gotten small glimpses of the British deaf world, but not enough to actually establish some kind of connection to become comfortable and be a frequent visitor. So, when Austin and my dad finally got out here, I felt very relaxed and relieved because I had been working so hard to keep up with everyone's conversations and patiently asking for repetition. It gets annoying after awhile.
We met up with a good high school friend of my dad's for lunch. I expected to eat at a sit down restaurant, but we ended up picnicking on Green Park, which is beautiful. Any idea why this place is called Green Park? I thought it had to do with the green grass and the British not being so clever. It actually was named Green Park because there are no flowers, go figure! One of the kings was married to a beautiful queen and she was always given flowers from various men as they strolled about. The king was super jealous, so he banned flowers. Whoo whee... that is one jealous dude if you ask me.
When in London, you have got to have a picture taken with a phone booth...after all, it is the thing to do!
The next day was a bit more crazier. We hunted for a breakfast place and there wasn't much luck so we headed over to King's Cross for some quick breakfast before heading out to our activities for the day. If you are a Harry Potter fan, your heart would have skipped a beat when you read King's Cross. Yes, this King's Cross is the very same one where Harry gets to the Hogwarts Express! Naturally, Austin and I wanted our pictures taken at platform 9 3/4. We actually had a bit of a hard time finding it, so we were walking up and down the platform, looking for this glamorous platform. What's really funny is that the workers knew exactly what we were looking for and without asking, told us where to go. After three explanations, there it was, platform 9 3/4! Believe it or not, it has a cart in the wall :) We took our sweet time, snatching pictures and trying out different poses. It was a proud Harry Potter moment :)
The next day, we went to Tower of London mainly because my dad wanted to see some King Henry VIII history. One of my friends from St. Louis, Aislyn, was in town on her spring break visiting her British boyfriend and we met up! It was SO FREAKING good to see her. She and I got into the place for free because we were the "carers" for my dad and Austin haha! I ended up interpreting the entire tour for my dad. It was quite a challenge because the guy talked fast, he was British so he had the accent, and he was very funny. Nevertheless, I think I got most of the stuff right haha. If one is at the Tower of London, one must not only see the place, but also see the crown jewels. This was my second time seeing them and they still shimmered with gems. I am still convinced they may be replicas, hmmm....