04.11.2006 - 04.11.2006
Okay, I know it's the fourth, but all of the parties were today because no one wants to celebrate the historic capture of a terrorist on a Sunday.
Last night we went to the ULU student union down the street. They have a bar there and we got to play pool, which was great fun as most of us had been itching to play for a while. The best part of the night, though, was when we imitated Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks skit on the way home. It's a good thing we didn't run into any gangs of keep left signs...
In addition to being Guy Fawkes day tomorrow is also a big day for climate talks in Nairobi, which would explain why a large group of protesters marched past our flat this afternoon. We followed them all the way to Trafalgar Square, which is where the Stop Climate Chaos event was taking place. The whole square was packed with people. Lots of people had anti-Bush signs and one guy from the WWF was dressed up in a panda suit. The host of the event was some weird comedian who kept on booing the helicopter covering the event for polluting the air. There were some interesting people talking, including a woman from Kenya whose village hasn't gotten any rain in the past three years. We also heard KT Tunstall perform her Black Horse and Cherry Tree as well as a cover of some Jackson 5 song.
This evening we went to Alexandra Palace to watch the fireworks for Guy Fawkes night. When we got off the tube there was an enormous line for the bus, which we had to wait in. It was unpredictable whether or not a bus was going to stop. Finally we got to the front of the line after all too long a wait. The next bus stopped at the other end of the bench, but by the time we walked up to it it left. Then it stopped again at the end of the block, so we all ran down there thinking this time it would open its doors, which it did not. When it took off again we decided to walk, which only took about 25 minutes. The event was, in Adam's words, "like the state fair inside of a palace". There were food vendors and even rides inside this huge room. We got free Pimm's and warm apple juice, which was cidery and yummy. Then we went outside to watch the fireworks, which were, well, fireworks. It was free fun so everyone was happy. On our way home we stopped at Sergio's restaurant, Iguazu, and tried some traditional Brazilian drink made with sugar cane and rum which was limey and yummy. Ike also got poker chips today so I got to beat him and Adam with real chips and not the spare change he keeps in a ziploc bag.
Happy Guy Fawkes Day everyone!