That’s right, I was there, at the Prime Meridian of the World. I stepped on it. It was pretty cool, I don’t think my entire life is going to change because of it, but we’ll see. We were in Greenwich. At the Prime Meridian, was the Royal Observatory, the Flamsteed house which was built for the Astronomer Royal in the late 17th century. There was also a camera obscurer which is a mirror system that magnifies the view. We could see people running on the street from on a high hill (sorry I don’t have the exact height, but I climbed it and was winded-you get the idea). At the bottom of the hill was the house that Queen Mary lived in.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
how does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle-shells
And pretty maids all in a row
Yep, that Mary. We went into The Painted Hall, which was her cafeteria of sorts, and it was phenomenal. Everything but the floor and the windows was painted. Some of it looked 3-D but it wasn’t. There was even a painted window in a place where a window should have been, had the building been made symmetrical. It was amazing. We were all blown away.
Moving on from that history lesson, I saw a show last night, Avenue Q. It was basically a perversion of Sesame Street. There were puppets and actors, foul language and lots of making fun of Americans. It was pretty funny. I cracked up a few times and recommend it to anyone who can handle a little rude, sarcastic and honest humor. There were multiple actors playing several puppets and they were just gifted in their voice overs. I was impressed and you would be too :).
A few things I have seen recently include: two shepherd dogs jumping 6 feet in the air but all I saw was their heads coming up over a wall of bricks. And they were doing it over and over. It was pretty cute. I saw two cabbies fighting from their steering wheels. That was kind of funny too. They just drove their separate ways. I’ve seen lots of dog poop along the sidewalks. Apparently, there is no such thing as picking it up. People have definitely stepped in it. I saw a little girl pick her nose and eat it. I guess you see that anywhere in the world. Humans must have an innate precondition to do this, not that I ever did it. Today, behind the previously mentioned cafeteria and chapel we saw a movie being set up. Supposedly it is Wolfman with Anthony Hopkins. That was neat! Lots of carriages and lights and equipment.
I booked my flight to Ireland recently and am going with a good group of people. I’m really excited!!! I don’t know where I’ll go besides Dublin, so if anyone has any recommendations, please do tell. I’m going to Berlin for 8 days starting on my birthday which will be neato. So I’m going to two countries in my heritage, which is pretty awesome and I feel very lucky that I can do so (Thanks parentals).
More later! Ciao!
8 thoughts on “THE PRIME MERIDIAN OF THE WORLD!”
WOW Nose picking and dog poop. I can’t wait to go to England! Just kidding! You will probably come home with a British accent, you know> I went to Georgia when I was 15 and came home with a southern accent and everybody was making fun of me. Here’s my add; 18487 SW Annamae Ln Bton 97006 USA Love ya
I’m so jealous of you right now Brittany!
Just thought you’d want to know that your blog style kicks greg’s in the ass… tell him to step it up immigration blog style! Work is sad w/o you two…
ooh guess what i made yesterday? s’more cupcakes with homemade marshmallows that i used my kitchen torch to roast. there super fabulous, i wish you were here so i could share them with you!
Great blog entry Britt, thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Wow, the Prime Meridian…you might as well head home now ’cause it doesn’t get any cooler than that! Dublin: take the Guiness tour, checkout the Porter House, Sinnott’s, and Copper Face Jack’s (after hours…on second thought, skip Copper Face Jack’s). Nice shopping area near Steven’s Green. If you can bum a ride, Trim castle is a nice doable country drive to the west. I hear the western coast is beautiful too, but Trim castle is as far as I got. As always, take lots of pics! -Paul
AHHHHHH!!! I’ve always wanted to see Avenue Q!! Lucky duck. And I’m so happy that you get to go to Ireland, just like you wanted! But Berlin instead of Paris? C’mon. No, I’m just kidding. I’m sure Berlin is fantastic (Paris is fantastic-er). I miss you and so does Mickey!
Britt Are you going to Paris at all? I’d hate to see u miss it!
I just started reading your blogs, and so far your travels/experiences have been quite fascinating. I am at most jealous and happy for you! I can not wait until I am able to experience England and Ireland as you have been and will over the the summer. Although I have not visited Ireland myself, from the British Isles class I told you about, I would recommend (if you have the time and money) visiting the Aran Islands – a group of three small limestone islands off the coast of County Galway across the shipping lanes to Galway Bay in western Ireland, of which John M. Synge wrote a book about his experiences there in 1904 titled respectively, The Aran Islands – and also the Wicklow mountains, a place of remote beauty and subtlety. I’ll be looking forward to reading the rest of your posts and especially of your time in Ireland, Wan an Brittany!