Finding Happiness in a Book

This morning I woke-up with a decent amount of time before class again and made it a point to go down and get another buffet breakfast of eggs, sausage, and fruit. Then I headed to class where we finished looking at different Romantic movie soundtrack composers and then did an audio-visual guide of a scene from Atonement the movie we are going to watch tomorrow.

Class went all the way until 12:00 PM today instead of finishing early like usual. We had to meet for a tour at the British Library in the lobby at 1:15 PM so there was not really any point to going out someplace. I ended up trying to finish writing down old Bible study notes, but I couldn’t focus so I ended up just laying down and watching Netflix. I was exhausted and just wanted to stay in bed, but I forced myself to get up and go down to the lobby for my tour because I knew it was going to be something that I was going to really enjoy.

I was right! We got escorted upstairs to one of the rare books and music rooms where we received a lecture from two of the employees that worked in the department. The showed us original scores from composed such as Bach and Mozart as well as various letters between composers and other various organizations. It was hard to comprehend how much history we were standing in front of and touching. It was an incredible experience and one that I will most likely never forget.

After we finished our lecture, our one guide brought us downstairs to show us a model of the library. Beyond all of the books that they had stored in the main building, they had underground storage that went eight stories underground- deeper than the tube. Needless to say, I was in heaven. The amount of history and original manuscripts held within the library was incredible.

The impact was only increased when we went to an exhibit showing some of the most amazing pieces of their collection. This included a Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare pieces, letters from T.S. Elliot, a whole slew of works done by Jane Austen. There was a copy of the New Testament dating back to the 4th century! Beyond literary and musical pieces of the collection they also had scientific pieces. One of the more unique pieces I found was a book on how-to-swim. It was actually the first published book that was a “how-to” for any sport. I finally dragged myself out of the exhibit because I could not ignore the rumbling noise of my stomach.

I knew that we were going to be having  dinner relatively soon, so I headed to the library’s cafe to pick up a muffin or something to hold me over. I ordered a latte and then got sucked in by the white chocolate chip cookies that were in front of me so I just ordered one of those. After inhaling my cookie and coffee, I took a back to the hotel room and hung out there until it was time for dinner. I finished copying over my previous church notes so I started doing my devotion for the day and watched about thirty minutes of a sermon and then prayed before calling Peter. My friends texted me around 6:15 PM saying they were leaving and they would meet me in Leicester Square.

By the time I got there and met up with them it was already quarter to seven. Our show started at 7:30 PM so we had to eat quickly, but I was craving Italian food. We ended up at a place called Spaghetti House where our waiter told us what he could get to us quickly so that we would not miss our show. I ordered a small plate of the pomodoro and a glass of Rosé, it was exactly what I was craving.

 

The show was great as you can see by what I wrote in The World of West End: The Phantom of the Opera. When I got back to the hotel I finished blogging for the day before and then was going to shower and talk to Peter, but I got caught up talking to my roommate for a while first. All in all it was a good day despite me not feeling great earlier on and I went to sleep mentally preparing myself for another busy day ahead of me.

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