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A few weekends ago Max and I went to the British Museum at the center of London. It is *HUGE* and it's completely free to get in so you can wander in and out as you please. It's a museum of old artifacts from all around the world and it's divided up into rooms according to countries: Tibet, India, Greece, China, Italy, etc. The Japan room was closed, which was unfortunate as it was the room we were most interested in. It was amazing to see objects that were over 3,000 years old and to see how the styles changed throughout the years. London is such a cosmopolitan city that for nearly every room we went into there were people of that country's descent looking at their culture's history. The thing that really took my breath away was the courtyard which they've completely enclosed with a glass roof. It is stark and very beautiful. Another impressive part of the museum was the British Library, which is a huge circular room lined with bookcases filled with thousands and thousands of books. This is the kind of library with very tall ladders, the kind I always thought existed only in movies or, well, books.



After only making it through 6 or so large rooms we were getting hungry so we decided to eat at Max's favorite Japanese noodle restaurant, Wagamama. It is all underground and everyone eats at the same long tables. I ordered "amai udon" which is noodles with prawns, tofu, peanuts, beansprouts, and lime. Max ordered chili chicken ramen, and we both had Japanese beer (Kirin). I was a little disappointed with my meal, next time I'll order what Max had. :)

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On May 10th, 2001 04:50 am (UTC), vulgarlad commented:
i've been craving Wagamama in the worst way lately. there just aren't any noodle houses anywhere in boston that come even close to comparing (IMHO).

~the lad
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On May 17th, 2001 04:18 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I do think it's one of the best in London. There are some small cheap ones scattered around that do rival it, but not in atmosphere.
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On May 10th, 2001 06:15 am (UTC), atlaz commented:
You forgot the gyoza :)
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On May 17th, 2001 04:18 am (UTC), nomi replied:
ah yes, thanks for reminding me. :)
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On May 10th, 2001 07:58 am (UTC), banshee commented:
Wagamama's yummy!

Now I'm hungry!
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On May 17th, 2001 04:19 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Is there one in N.Y. or did you go to the one (er, several) in London?
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On May 17th, 2001 07:00 am (UTC), banshee replied:
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I went to one in London. :)

We do, however, have a Belgo.
(mmn!)

I need to get back there!
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On May 18th, 2001 10:08 am (UTC), nomi replied:
We have a loyalty card for Belgos filled with stamps sitting in our kitchen. Moules, frites & Belgian beer here we come. :)
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On May 18th, 2001 10:11 am (UTC), banshee replied:
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Ack! I just found out ours closed...
Guess I *do* have to come back to London!
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On May 18th, 2001 10:22 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Closed!? Was it not popular enough? I can't imagine it wouldn't be popular unless the quality slipped.
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On May 10th, 2001 08:49 am (UTC), sorrento commented:
Last time I went to the BM it was during winter and it was totally empty (except for one quiet school class). Very surreal.
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On May 17th, 2001 04:21 am (UTC), nomi replied:
That does sound surreal! It was pretty packed when we visited, especially the Egyptian section. We didn't stay there for long, too crowded.
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On May 10th, 2001 01:13 pm (UTC), pry commented:
The list of famous people to have used that library is quite amazing, just to be standing on the same ground as those people really made me want to visit.
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On May 17th, 2001 04:21 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm sure it's a long list, I don't know very much about the library. I'd like to revisit when we have more time.
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On May 17th, 2001 05:18 am (UTC), pry replied:
People like Stalin and George Orwell.
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On May 18th, 2001 10:05 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I love places like that.. something about touching and seeing the same things as those people you've heard about your whole life have touched and seen.
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On May 10th, 2001 07:45 pm (UTC), gael commented:
The BM
Wow! The British Museum sounds fascinating. It's one of those places you hear about your whole life "this or that is housed at the British Museum". I suppose it's rather like the Smithsonian. The library sounds incredible. I would love to visit it with you and Max someday!
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On May 17th, 2001 04:23 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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Apparently you used to be able to spend as long as you liked in the library reading old books (swoon), but it didn't look like they were letting people use them when we visited. I hope they haven't closed them off to the public!
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On July 24th, 2001 12:29 pm (UTC), keith_london commented:
Hi Naomi - Re: Wagagmama - Just for fun here's what it says on the menu for the dish you had: amai udon the flavour of this dish is both sweet and sour. udon noodles teppan-fried with egg, fried tofu, prawns, leeks and bean-sprouts. served with crushed peanuts and lime. squeeze the lime juice onto the noodle for extra flavour I'll try this next time I go!
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On July 25th, 2001 05:16 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I liked it, but it wasn't quite as flavorful as some of their other dishes. I'm addicted to chili chicken ramen now, however, so I'll probably end up eating that most Wagamama visits. :)
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