A Dickens of a Day

Day 2 in London was cold and rainy, but we had a great day! The weather did not cooperate with an outdoor class in Russell Square, so we met in our flat. Chelsea presented her idea for a thesis and we spent a couple of hours discussing Chaucer.

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After class, we had a brief break and then ventured out into the streets for our first walking tour of
London. Dr. Firenze presented some history of London in the tube station, out of the rain. On our way to meet our guide, Dr. David Tucker, we visited St. Paul’s Cathedral. We sought shelter from the rain inside the cathedral (sorry, no pictures allowed inside).

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After visiting the cathedral, we met Dr. Tucker for a walk through Shakespeare’s and Dickens’s London. Below are some images from our journey.

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After finishing our walk, we had a bit of time to change into dry clothes and head out for our private tour of The Dickens House Museum. At the museum, we enjoyed a glass of wine in the cafe before the tour. The students had to take the tour of the recently renovated museum without us because of the size of our group. However, after the students were finished, we were allowed to take a quick look around. Below are some pictures from our time at the museum.

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After touring the museum, we headed our separate ways for the evening. Despite the cold and rainy weather, it was a great day.
Dr. Saraceno, Dr. Musa and Dr. Firenze are very impressed with the group of students we have this year. Even though the weather conditions were far from optimal today, the students did a great job and both of the guides we worked with commented on how attentive, engaged and pleasant our group was.

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Tomorrow we will have our morning class and then head to Shakespeare’s Globe for a tour and to see a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. We will also have a chance to meet the actors after the play.
Dr. Firenze and Dr. Saraceno decided that today’s modern media example would involve the evolutionary theme of male-male competition. They re-enacted some famous scenes illustrating the techniques that can be used to ensure reproductive success.

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Of course even the best competitor is no match for a massive ice berg.
Cheers from London!

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 28, 2013.

One Response to “A Dickens of a Day”

  1. Re: The techniques to be used to ensure reproductive success – can you say “Failure!”

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