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. :)
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!
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!