After 12 hours of sleep, I was ready to take on my second day in London. The city reminds me a lot of New York City, but much more charming. This morning, I found the quintessential red phone booth, checked in for my All Hands meeting, and had a latte and a pain au chocolat.
Then I hopped on the tube and headed for The British Museum. This amazing, huge museum is free to enter, with a suggested 5£ donation, which makes it very popular and crowded. Sadly, the Japanese print from 1831 I wanted to see, Kanagawa-oki nami-ura, wasn’t on display. (You can make an appointment on Wednesdays for a private showing.) However, thousands of treasures from around the world were on display. I liked the Rosetta Stone, the Three Nereids from Xanthos, Greece 390-380 BC, and a Ghanaian tapestry made of flattened soda bottle tops.
The only British exhibit I saw was the Waddesdon Bequest which was an amazing collection of 300 objects left to the museum in 1898. Quite remarkable.
I always love strolling around drugstores and grocery stores when I am abroad. They usually have great things you can’t find anywhere else – like the sunscreen (P20). It’s not approved for the U.S. but provides all-day protection in one application. I also checked out Marks and Spencer, part department store part fancy grocery store. They have a whole aisle devoted to biscuits!
The day ended with the opening reception for my meeting – London-themed. The food was amazing and the wandering musicians were great. I was able to put lots of faces I’ve seen via video calls to actual people. It was an awesome way to start our week together. Cheers!