The first day of class was today and we went to the British Museum afterward. I love that the museums here are free. For our art history class we read about the Elgin Marbles, which were a part of the Parthenon in Greece. The Parthenon was a temple made in honor of Athena, Zeus’ daughter. He got a Greek goddess pregnant and killed her, I think. Then he became pregnant but inside of his head. She literally sprung from his forehead, Sunny says. She is considered a perfect woman because she was not born from a women. So the British Museum has these Elgin Marbles because Elgin brought them to England. The British government bought the marbles fair and square. Now Greece is building a big fancy museum and wants to Elgin Marbles back. They argue that the viewer can enjoy the Marbles better if they are all together in a Greek environment. I disagree; I like the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum. My arguments are simple:
More people can see them in London. Millions of people visit the British Museum every year.
The British Government bought them. If Greece had had more pride in keeping them, the Marbles wouldn’t be in London in the first place.
I enjoyed the Marbles just fine in London. I actually thought it was really neat to see something like that in the British Museum.
Lastly, Greece is tearing stuff down to build this museum of theirs. Obviously, they don’t have much care in conserving things if they’ll tear down the old to build the new, and they sold the Marbles away.
I know little to nothing about art, so I don’t know how educated my arguments are, but I really enjoyed seeing the Marbles. I’m glad they are here in London. Here are some of the pictures I took of the Elgin Marbles.
Class came way too early the next day. After heading the wrong way on Bus 38, we were thirty minutes late. Being late on the first day can be expected, but that doesn’t mean it is appreciated. Class was fun. You heard me right; I liked class. We talked about three poems that I didn’t understand when I read them. But after some fun with Eric, our incredibly adorable teacher, I not only understood the poems but even liked them. You heard me right; now, I even like poetry. London could change me for the better. I even took notes on art history vocabulary and hope to use it soon.
After class, we visited the British Museum. It was incredible to see parts of the Parthenon called the Elgin Marbles and Egyptian artifacts. We made looking at art really fun!
After class the teachers and I went to the Museum Pub across the street from the British Museum. I had my first glass of Pimm’s. It is a type of summer brew with lots of fresh fruit put in. It is delicious. It was so fun to drink with our teachers and get to know them. They are both PhD students at KU and have great things to say. We’re so lucky to have teachers that have so much knowledge to pass on and do so in a fun way.
After a pub crawl, we headed over to Pizza Express, where we had our first group dinner, which I want to rename Family Dinner. It was a great way to get to know the people on my program better and the night was filled with many laughs.
Then post-dinner was our first night of clubbing in London. Club promoters are all over trying to get you to pay them to take you to a club. We got suckered in and got taken all across town just to find out the club wasn’t open. It was a disaster and everyone was mad. I wish we would’ve been smarter. Then finally we went to Jewel, which was a pretty club with dancing and lots of seating. The ceiling was covered in mirror tiles and the chandeliers were beautiful. The people were a good mix. There were loads of Hen parties, which are English bachelorette parties. They dress up in what they call “fancy dress,” what we call costumes.
After Jewel, some of us went to Tiger Tiger, which is a dance club. This is where I was later left by the group and had to roam home alone. It was pretty horrible, but I learned a good lesson in trusting people and communicating. I am thankful everything turned out fine, but I was not happy to be left in such a big city. I made it home safe and sound. Thankfully, I am used to navigating and traveling alone.