Natural History, Flesh-Eating Beetles, a Giant Squid, and a Commencement

It was another great day in London! We met outside the flats at 9am and walked to Bond Street Tube Station.

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We arrived at the Natural History Museum and enjoyed a private tour of the Darwin Center. We saw some of the 80 million specimens in the museum’s collection, including some specimens that were collected and labeled by Charles Darwin. We saw flesh-eating beetles at work on a fish in the Dermestarium, and “Archie”, the giant squid who is nearly thirty feet long.

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After our tour concluded, we celebrated our six students who are graduating from SUNY Broome: Maci, Ann, Jake, Allison, Lydie and Kate. These students will miss the “real” graduation today in New York, so we held our own commencement ceremony in the great hall of the Natural History Museum, right next to the statue of Charles Darwin.

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After commencement, we headed outside to find a good spot to have our class meeting. We discussed what we saw and learned at the Museum of London and made plans for tomorrow’s pilgrimage to Canterbury.

The students have a free evening tonight. Some plan to see a show while others will visit Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament and the London Eye. Everyone is feeling pretty energetic after a getting some sleep last night.

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Dr. Firenze and Dr. Saraceno decided that ice skating after the long trip across the Atlantic might not have been a great idea. Apparently, although they both started out strong, both routines ended badly. Dr. Saraceno was pretty annoyed but, as usual, Dr. Firenze remained his cheerful self.

Cheers from London!

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 22, 2014.

One Response to “Natural History, Flesh-Eating Beetles, a Giant Squid, and a Commencement”

  1. To paraphrase the renowned historian Dr. Melvin Brooks – Geezers on ice! The perfect execution of their signature move, the triple klutz with a broken axle.

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