Disclaimer: Even though I have A LOT to say about today, but most of it relates to the shows and those are going to be separate so this post isn’t like super, super, super, SUPER long. Only slightly obnoxiously long.
Today was amazing, but exhausting. Exciting, but stressful. Really just a whirlwind of emotions day.
This morning I was actually able to wake-up early again, but I think it was just from the stress of still needing to finish my reading. I got ready for the day and then finished reading. I probably could have gone downstairs for breakfast, but I wasn’t sure how long it would take to eat at the hotel since I still haven’t done it. I ended up going to this little coffee place down the road in hopes of getting some coffee- maybe a chai latte- and like a muffin or something. They ended up not really having a lot of small things to eat, so my breakfast ended up just consisting of a latte- super nutritious, right?
Our class was really interesting because we had our first guest speaker of the semester. Katy Hamilton came in to speak to us about the evolution of the prom- or promenades- in the city of London from when they started in 1931 until the present. What impressed me the most was the passion at Katy Hamilton had for the proms and how excited she got being able to talk about them.
The promenades are basically a concert series that spans over the entire summer and encompasses many different artists and types of music in order to get everyone involved. The last night of the proms are the major events and they are actually publicly televised both nationally and internationally. Katy jokingly said it was the one night the British stopped being so buttoned up and just let loose. I really recommend reading more about the proms because it is incredibly interesting. I’ll attach a video at the bottom of this post so you can try to get a feel.
After class I went back to the hotel and tried to figure out what I wanted to do between now and the show. I really couldn’t settle on anything because I had so much to do, but was also mostly just excited for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 1 at 2:00 PM. Around 12:30 PM I went around the corner to this little cafe called Salt and Pepper Cafe and got a latte and a panini. As I ate the panini and continued to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime I felt the cakes on the counter calling my name. I ended up giving in and settling on a piece of carrot cake.
Around 1:00 PM I was going to head over towards the theater because I couldn’t just sit there as the time ticked closer and closer, but I realized that I forgot to print out my ticket confirmation so I headed back to the hotel instead. I ended up getting to the theater around 1:15 PM, so perfect timing. There was a line around the side that I waited patiently in just to get up to the door and have them tell me that I needed to collect my tickets not here, but around the corner.
Luckily, they did not make me wait in the long line again after getting my tickets. I walked in and was faced with shelves of merchandise that I was itching to buy. I decided to wait until at least after the show or maybe until part two to blow even more of money on Harry Potter related purchases. Despite having read the book for the play, the play was still more incredible than anything I have ever imagined. You’ll have to read my other posts to find out more though! After the show I bought a Gryffindor t-shirt and a Gryffindor scarf because I have limited self-control, it’s fine (I’m wearing the shirt now actually!).
In between the two parts I really just wanted to lay down and take a nap, but considering I was leaving for Scotland the following day and had three sources due at midnight for my research paper, sleep was not an option. My homework was not going as well as I would have liked and I asked my mom for help as I got more and more stressed.
In the middle of all this stress I also realized that I was going to have less time than originally planned to get to the train station tomorrow because our schedule for class got pushed thirty minutes. This had me close to tears as I really did not need the additional stress, but I pulled myself together and decided that in order to save time I was going to pick up my tickets from one of the nearby train stations now. I only had a hour and a half until the show started, but I had confidence that I could do it.
I ran to the tube station and quickly managed to get my tickets from the Euston train station and get back to the theater with about fifteen to twenty minutes to spare- enough time to buy the program and a special picture book program thing that I most definitely did not need. I was honestly impressed with myself if we’re being honest. The second part of the show was even more amazing. I’m pretty sure I laughed, cried, and almost peed myself all during the two and a half hour show.
When I got back to the hotel I finished doing my work in the lobby because my roommate was on FaceTime being obnoxiously loud with one of her friends. I stayed up for a little while packing and trying to get my life together before just giving up and calling it a night.
A peak into the English Promenades: