07.29.2009 15 °C
WOW! Sorry for the late update, but there was NO wifi in Liverpool. Ok, there was, but it was either expensive, or didn't work, or I actually couldn't find it anywhere! But anyways I'll update this baby now lol..
I got into Liverpool in the middle of a very sunny day! So I quickly checked into my YHA hostel (boooo) with ten pound wifi for 24 hours (double booooooooooo) and headed out to Albert Dock to walk around. It was a beautiful day, something I totally took for granted, but really enjoyed walking around and soaking up that bit of vitamin D. I went into the Merseyside Museum as well, and looked at exhibits on the Titanic, Lithuania, and the International Slavery museum. It was all really cool. After that I went to Liverpool ONE, a huge outdoor shopping complex, but I didn't buy anything. Aren't you proud?!
Yesterday morning I got up, had breakfast, and didn't let the pouring rain stop me from going out and walking the town. I went to the Cathedral; I guess it's the biggest one in the UK or something? It was pretty big! Had tons of different chambers and halls and stuff, it was beautiful. I also walked around in the gardens, which was more like a very organized, sort of decorative graveyard. It wasn't a regular graveyard, though. Most of the graves were around the edge of the walkways and stuff, and I kept wondering if they had to move a bunch of the graves to make the gardens, because I'm sure they weren't buried that way in the late 1800's, which was what most of the headstones read. It's so sad there are so many kids who died back then, and you see so many huge headstones of lists of kids from a family who all died under the age of 2. It seems like the parents just kept trying to have kids, even though they would have 10 who died. It's really sad! I also saw gravestones for the orphanages of Liverpool, where a lot fo kids died between 5 and 15. It's really hard to imagine what life was like back then!
I then found a vegetarian cafe called The Egg, where I had an awesome lunch. I kept wandering around the city, eventually making it back down to the docks to go to The Beatles Story museum, which was really cool. I lied and said I was a student to get 4 pounds off the admission price, which I haven't done since I got here, but just couldn't resist! It was a huge difference compared to most places, and the guy didn't even question me so whatever. Probably won't do it again though, I was literally sweating after. I can't lie for the life of me!
The museum was really cool, really, really well done. I (shamefully) know absolutely nothing about The Beatles, past The Yellow Submarine and that Paul McCartney's vegetarian (all that matters really ). But I learned a ton about them and it was cool, because after they go through their whole story together, there are little rooms dedicated to them separately that go through their own individual successes, so that was neat. I really enjoyed the museum and all the cool music and crazy videos from when they were in their prime.
That night I made some dinner, then I had a crazy, overwhelming urge to go to the gym, and there was one down the street so I got all ready to go, only to find out that they were just building a gym down the road. Damn. I went for a power walk anyways, which led me to the theater, which led me to watching "The Proposal" which was really cute! There were some dumb parts, but overall I laughed a ton, so I was happy. It was the first time I had to walk home alone in the dark though, but I stayed under streetlights and made it safe and sound.
This morning I made the almost 7 hour train/wait/train/wait/etc.... trek from Liverpool to Cardiff, so once I got in I was exhausted, and in some serious internet surfing time, so I did just that. I finally got up and got some sushi at a really cute little sushi bar where it comes on a conveyor belt and you just take what you want it was so cute! Apparently they're everywhere but I thought it was the coolest thing. Anyways, finally heading off to bed now, having a bit of a longer stay in Cardiff so that'll be nice!