This past weekend was mostly spent outdoors, enjoying some of the final remaining days of warm weather.
On Wednesday I saw Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare at the Globe Theater. The theater had an exposed, open roof, mimicking traditional Shakespearean plays. Much Ado was humorous, engaging while ending on a serious note. Even though I had read the play in high school, it was challenging to understand their thick British accents and subtle humor. When the audience burst into laughter, my American friends and I smiled and glanced at each other in bewilderment.
My professors have encouraged me to become more familiar with European media, especially reading the local tabloids and watching commercials. But a lot of British media is depressing, highlighting everyday struggles of lower/middle class citizens stuck in mediocre jobs. Whereas in America, our TV is full of glamorous, beautiful people accelerating in their careers and love life. It all comes back to our history: the English feel guilt about their empirical acquisitions and enslavements; compared to America’s youth and hopefulness. The more I familiarize myself with British history and everyday culture, it will be easier to understand current mass media trends and stories. Especially as I near my internship start date, my I am utilizing every resource to meet locals and explore London.
On Friday, I went to the Queen’s Gardens in Regant Park. The well-manicured hedges and lawns opened up into a beautiful rose garden.
On Saturday, I went to Oxford and Blenheim Palace, home of Winston Churchill. Similar to Windsor Castle, the palace was quietly tucked away, surrounded by a man-made lake and acres of gardens. Oxford was a bustling college town, full of shops and different sectors of the university. I ate a delicious pub lunch of steak and mushroom pop-over with mash and veggies and chocolate beer.