In America most things come with a price, but in London people love the "F word"- "Free" that is. 

There are plenty of things to do in London for cheap college kids. Almost all of the national museums are free and parks are everywhere. Today, we took advantage of this and hit the museums. 

After class, Lauren, Kayla and I took the Tube to the British Museum. The building itself is amazing with its towering columns and intricate carvings. Inside this multi-level museum, artifacts from all over the world are represented. In fact, each floor has a different theme. For example, one hall was dedicated to Africa and another to the history of jade in Asia. We hit the highlights because it would take days to go through the whole museum and really soak it all in. In the Greek section, we saw parts of the Parthenon, which I thought was extremely cool because I love the Greek and Roman cultures. Next, we toured the Egyptian room. Here I stood about 2 feet from the Rosetta Stone. It was awesome seeing the actual stone that helped crack the code for the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Also Egyptian pharaoh sculptures scattered about the room made me feel like I was standing in a desert in Egypt thousands of years ago. In one day, I had traveled to Greece, Africa, Mexico, Asia, Egypt and more just by going through these exhibits.

After making our rounds through the British Museum, we started heading to Trafalgar Square to visit the National Gallery. First, we tried to just walk there, but we got lost so we took the tube. 

Today, Trafalgar Square was free of protestors, but full of performers. Right in front of the gallery there were two Spaniards break dancing. They roped off a little area and pumped up their music as a crowd gathered to watch. We stood right in front during their performance so we had a clear view of all their crazy handstands, spinning moves and flips. 

This was my second time touring the National Gallery so I had already seen some of the paintings, but we stayed a lot longer this time, which allowed me to see new works. It is still mind boggling to think that someone created all these detailed paintings hundreds of years ago and they are still so beautifully preserved today. We stayed here for a couple of hours and then we headed home. 

For all I did today, I sure saved a lot of money. Man, I'm glad the English love the "F-word!" 
 


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