18 May 2015

London Revisited by AteTinTin

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It seems that London has fallen pray to the random animal art craze that has taken over other cities. Seattle was the pig, San Diego was the cow, and London has it's sheep. Shaun the sheep is the name of this curious creature. They are at least cute cartoon-y sheep, but still sheep. Some of them are pretty cool. I don't plan on looking for them, but if I see them I will definitely take a picture.

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I have been dying to come to the Tower of London, since I first came to London 12 years ago. It was just too expensive for me to justify. I am so glad to have waited to come here though because they have extensively renovated it. Plus having Nigel as our personal tour guide will make this visit.

As soon as we got in the gate, Nigel put a show on! He yelled at the top of his lungs told us the doom that awaited those who try to break into the Tower. He caused quite a commotion and his act was punctuated by the Welsh guardsmen who passed behind us.

I was really tired by this time and so were the students. However the chance to see the Crown Jewels powered us through. And let me tell you the jewels were totally worth it. I mean the largest diamond in the world is in the collection. How awesome is that?! I can't believe that someone has actually worn all of that jewelry. I'm jealous.

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I never normally crave noodle soups but today was cold all day and we spent so much time walking in it that hot soup was thoroughly called for. I looked up Ramen in London and came across the restaurant called Tonkatsu. The reviews seemed good but, then I read on one review about a restaurant called Koya. He said that the noodles were much better there. Both of them were in the same area so I decided that Koya was the restaurant I'd go to.

The restaurant was very simple inside and on the blackboard, it said that this is one of the last weeks it was going to be open. So that pretty much sealed the deal for me, even though it was Udon and not ramen. A couple next to me suggested that I try the Kinoko, which was a vegetarian udon with mushrooms and walnut miso. Boy was I glad I did that. It was so yummy and the miso was surprisingly sweet. But still in good contrast with the soup.

This is exactly why I needed. Now I only have to go home, take a shower, and apply heat patches to my spazmatic back.