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29 September 2013

Art and Dinosaurs ● by Jess

Jon and I are becoming quite the experts on finding free stuff. Of course, around here its not terribly difficult as it seems like most everyone appreciates a good freebie (since everything is outrageously expensive-- like 50% more than NYC). We've been wanting to check out some of the free museums for several weeks now, and finally got a chance! We spent the day at the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) and the Museum of Natural History. 

Jon was pretty jazzed about this statue. When I asked him to tell me why he liked it so much (so I could share his zeal on the blog), he began a lengthy oration about metaphorical truth and falsehood and about all the glorious symbolism. Honestly, he's still going on about it... I'll spare you the details and just tell you it was *awesome.*

Outside the V&A, you can still see the scars in its façade from bombings during WWII. Its amazing being here because even people our age are so much more tied to WWII; the memories are much clearer and are very much more present then they are for young people in America. 

After enjoying all the lovely art at the V&A, we hopped across the street to the Museum of Natural History. Holy cannoli, this place is gorgeous! The main hall was like a castle... or Hogwarts... or some glorious real life combination that is actually filled with science!! To be honest, I think I was more excited by the architecture than any of the exhibits, but we still had a ton of fun (and were probably the only adults there without children). 

Jon's current obsession with Ayn Rand has made Atlas his Greek superhero. Also, it was really fun to see Jon's inner little-boy-johnny come out as he got really excited about the dinosaur exhibit. Our kids will have no choice but to share their dad's enthusiasm. 

We found a statue that roughly depicts how I look when I wake up in the morning. Also, we realized that there are monkey's carved into the stone that go all the way up the arches and ceiling in the main hall. So cool!

On Saturday there was an epic NFL party on Regent St. We didn't get a chance to go, but it was definitely a little bit homey to see American flags up there with the Union Jack. Its been really funny seeing so many people wearing football (I guess I should say American football) jerseys since. So great!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so jealous of all the amazing things you two are experiencing! What a blast! Thanks for journaling it for us so we can share.