Ballet and Little India

London is so diverse.
These last couple days have been some of my busiest here. I feel like I haven’t even been at the center. Monday was Valentine’s Day and even though it was hard to be away from my family and I missed them a ton, I had a wonderful day. First thing after my British literature class Kaylee, Haley and I literally ran to the train station. We never waited more than 30 seconds for a lift, tube or even our train on. It was crazy! If we wouldn’t have run one set of stairs or caught one tube, we would have missed our train. It left at 11:58 and we jumped on at 11:57. Kaylee has a friend serving his mission here and we went with her out to Windsor castle to meet up with him and some other missionaries. I didn’t know what it would be like, but It was just like walking around town with any normal group of people. Windsor Castle is BEAUTIFUL. It was different than the castles we visited in Scotland. Much more palace-like. As soon as we got home, we got all pretty for the ballet. I didn’t know what to expect but I was excited to go do something so fancy with my girls. I did not expect to love it as much as I did! I was really enthralled every second and I want to go back so bad. I never thought that it would compete with my love for musical theatre… But somehow it did! Did I say that it wasn’t just any ballet? It was Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House. I just can’t tell you how much I liked it! haha
Tuesday was another busy day. Again, the second that class was out a group of us were off to a gallery. For my fine arts class we have to go to a gallery a week and do a write up on one painting we liked and one we did not. Its so fun! We didn’t get to spend too much time at the gallery because we had to catch a train to south hall for part of the program. South hall is also known as little India. It is unlike any place I have been so far in London. It is really like a country inside of a country. First off, we went and visited a Hindu temple. It was an eye-opening experience. It’s great to experience other cultures. After we spent some time in the temple, we explored the diversity on the street. It was definitely a rougher area of town, but it was fun to look around for a little bit. Their clothing stores are exquisite! All of their clothes, jewelry and accessories are so shiny and bright. All 40 of us had a scheduled dinner at an authentic Indian restaurant and I was a little nervous. It was my first experience with Indian food, and I loved it! Sure it was pretty darn spicy, but I thought it was just delicious! I loved the chicken tiki masala, spicy rice and naon! I’m going to try to get my family to try some when they come over:)

Wednesday was beyond wonderful. We went to the London temple. It was just what I needed. It was so beautiful and such a wonderful experience. We were there for 2 and a half hours and I still didn’t want to leave:) I am so thankful for temples!

Thursday was school, school school and workout, workout, workout:) it was a pretty normal day in London. Nothing to exciting- just living in one of the greatest cities!

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