This day was my absolute favorite day in London, and perhaps my favorite day in the entire UK so far. It started out by going to the 4 Designers Lecture Series (the reason we went to London). The speakers were quite good-- first a German modernist speaker named Matt from Projektt Triangle and the second speaker was named Frances from D&AD. Afterward, we broke into smaller groups and went on a studio visit. Our studio was called Brand Environment-- a small firm that deals solely with branding. The studio was great, but their work was a bit drab. Afterward, we all stopped for a coffee at a lovely cafe and chatted.
Once we split ways with the studio group, I walked around with Dan Buxton for a long time-- we got to know each other a lot more on this trip, and I am so glad. He is honestly just the most lovely person. One of my favorite moments from all of London was when he and I had a pint on a balcony in Covent Square Garden, overlooking a market and listening to a street performer who had a thing for Bob Dylan.
Once we finished our drinks, we went and had a fantastic dinner with Fergus at Zizzi-- a great italian joint. Shannon met up with us there, as we had planned to go on the London Eye together, a giant ferris wheel by Big Ben. When we got there, we found it to be closed, so Dan gave me a proper foot tour of London instead. We walked around for hours and did some site-seeing. This was so incredibly fun for me. Didn't mind feeling like a tourist one bit.
Just when we absolutely couldn't walk anymore, we had a sitdown in Picadilly Circus-- an area that reminds me a bit of a timid Times Square. We got a call that our friends were going out to a bar near the Odeon. We freshened up at the Hostel and met everyone at a bar called Yates. We got sloppy drunk, and it was just so enjoyable to be out with my classmates. Every time we do something like this together, we get a little bit closer and I feel a little bit more at home.
By the time we left the bars, the underground was closed. We made a 45 minute walk home, trashed and lost. Dan had his arm around me the whole way, and I couldn't have been more happy, despite the fact that my feet were swollen to the size of tanks.
Never have I fallen asleep so swiftly. Absolutely the best day ever.