Thursday, May 14, 2015

Free Day

On day 3 here in London the justice studies group had a free day. During the free day we went to the London Zoo, London Dungeon, and London Eye. It was a lot of walking and riding of the tube, but it was a blast to get to see these different places.
On our way to the zoo, we had to walk through this huge park, called Reagents Park. The parks here in London are a lot different from the parks in the states. These parks here, are just large areas filled with lots of trees and grassy areas to sit down. A lot of people will go buy something to eat at a local restaurant and take it to go, and just go sit in the parks, if the weather permits anyways. They don't have playgrounds in them, which is what I think of when I think of a park.
The first stop we made was the zoo. Some people may think the zoo is somewhere you go with a child, but I beg to differ! The zoo had a lot of different exhibits and it was fun to see all the different animals. We saw penguins, bugs, birds, tigers, gorillas, monkeys, giraffes, zebras, lemurs, reptiles, and many many more animals. For me everything was very exciting because I haven't been to a zoo since I was maybe 6. There were two really cool things that I enjoyed. My favorite part was the gorillas. When we were at the gorilla exhibit, none of them were really doing anything but before I came I researched the zoo and found out they just recently had a baby gorilla! The baby was super cute from what we could see, it was his nap time when we got to the exhibit.
Everyone this is baby girl Alika. (Sorry for the poor footage but there were a lot of people and it was hard to capture a good picture)

The next exhibit that was my favorite was the Reptile House. Now this wasn't my favorite because of all the snakes or anything, but because in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,Philosopher's Stone here in England, Harry Potter was in the Reptile House with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. This is the first time in the movies you see Harry Potter's magic.
This is me in front of the exhibit. 

This is the sign saying it is the exhibit.

 After the zoo, we went and ate at the Pizza Express and had some super good pizza before we jumped on the Tube to go down to the London Dungeon and the London Eye.
We went to the London Dungeons first. Here we went through the history of London crimes. While in the Dungeons we got on a boat and went through the dark and backwards to meet the guy that collects head. The Head Master taught us many ways on how King Henry VII had people killed, for example boiling a person a live. The next place we met Guy Fawkes and learned about what happened under the Houses of Parliament in November 1605. We then met the torturer and learned the different methods of torture he used on Guy Fawkes to get him to talk, some methods of torture was tearing the thumbs off, and heating a piece of metal and sticking it to the tongue, and eventually tearing the tongue out, and many different other kinds of torture. We then learned about the Black Plague that struck London in 1665. After the Plague era we learned about Miss Lovett and Sweeney Todd. If you don't know who those people are, Sweeney Todd would slit people's throats and take them to Miss Lovett, who would then cook the dead bodies into her pies. (This wasn't an actual thing that happened it is just a play). We then go to the streets of Whitechapel and learn about the recent murders that occurred in 1888. The murderer was Jack the Ripper, who choose his victims from the pub Ten Bells. We then meet the Judge, who decided that we were all guilty because we were traitors, sentenced us to death. The last thing we did was the drop of death. Which was our way of death. This ride dropped us 1.4 meters (4 feet 7 inches). This tour took us an hour and a half and it was a blast, but unfortunately I wasn't able to take any pictures.
After the London Dungeon we got on the London Eye, which is a 442 feet 10 inch ferris wheel that allows you to view London from above. This was a cool experience and we were able to see for miles. The next couple of photos are from the Eye.

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