May 25, 2008 – Sunday: London
We accidentally slept in until 1:30! I guess we are both still recovering from jet lag. We didn’t have much planned for the day so it’s not that big of a deal but it’s our last day in London and I still wanted to squeeze in as much as possible. Nate wanted to go to Hyde Park and see if we could catch the action at Speaker’s Corner. So after we got up and got ready we headed to Victoria Station to catch the 4 different tubes that would get us to the park. We stopped at the Marble Arch first and took some photos. The Marble Arch is where people have been executed for hundred’s of years (luckily not anymore). Before the prisoner was killed they had a chance to say anything they wanted before they were beheaded or hanged. Hence what turned into Speaker’s Corner. So every Sunday afternoon the corner is full of people speaking their mind. Today was no different. The people that want to speak (or yell) set up a little box or stepladder to stand on and usually they set up a sign or banner of the topic/view/religion/whatever that they want to talk about. It seems like it usually ends up being a debate (or yelling match) between the speaker and the crowd. Most people were debating about religion or politics. Some people give out brochures on different views or organizations to join and some were even giving out free hugs! It was fun to be among the yelling and shouting people and share in a tradition hundred’s of years old. After the fun at the park we headed to a cafe, had a late lunch and read for the rest of the afternoon.
We’re now sitting in the salon (aka sitting room) of our hotel. I’m writing and Nate’s emailing and researching cell phones for use in Europe. We leave for Nice, France tomorrow morning and have to leave the hotel at 2:45am! We have to catch the 3:15am train to Gaetwich Airport to catch our flight at 6:30am. If I had known how early we had to leave the hotel, I would have booked a later flight! We’re both a bit foggy still and I don’t think tomorrow’s going to make it any better.