Since getting home from Galway, I took a riding lesson, and learned how to ride in the European style. You can read about that interesting experience here.
Since the semester was winding down, we were able to take quite a few days off to head to London. There is soooo much to see and do in London that I was really glad we took those couple of extra days. We definitely did not see and do everything that was on our to-do list, but I am so glad that I got to do what we did manage to fit in (which was a lot. We were basically sprinting around London for 5 days!).
So, we left Dungavan bright and early, hopped our flight to London, landed, took the train into the city, took the subway to the stop nearest our hostel, and then proceeded to get lost. Really that was a good day for us. We had a tendency to get lost a lot, so us getting almost all the way to the hostel before loosing our way was a huge improvement for us!
We did eventually find our way there and checked in. I think this is one of my favorite hostels, called Wombats, of all the ones we stayed in. The staff was great, the rooms were spacious (even if we did have some unfortunate roommates), and they were super secure. If you’re ever in London, stay there.
We were super lucky that we were staying right in the heart of the area where Jack the Ripper killed all those prostitutes! Since I enjoy that kind of macabre stuff, I thought that was really cool! And since we were in his old stomping (killing) grounds, it only made sense to check out the Jack the Ripper Museum right around the corner from the hostel!
I loved this museum! I think it’s one of my favorites of all the ones we went to! It was so interactive. And Jack the Ripper is a special interest of mine. I really think he’s interesting, and actually did my senior project on him in high school.
The museum was set up in an old house, with each of the 6 floors representing a different facet of the murders. The first room was Mitre Square, where the police found Catherine Eddowes, the second woman killed. All the rooms had wax figures, or things you could interact with. There were also speakers projecting sound into the rooms (sometimes it got to be super scary).
We then went up to the next floor. The next floor was a sitting room, with things the different personas they claimed Jack had where present. There was medical equipment, knives, and other creepy things!
In some of the rooms, they had costume pieces that were period appropriate. Of course, I had a blast with these!
We then went up to the next floor: the police station. This room had actual artifacts from the murders. There was the actual whistle Police Constable Watkins blew when he found Catherine Eddowes body in Mitre Square. There was also his notebook, handcuffs and truncheon he was carrying that day!
We then went up the creaking final set of stairs to the bedroom. This room was terrifying because they had a voice that kept singing! It got really eerie sometimes!
They also had pictures of all the women before they were mutilated hanging in this room.
We then trooped back down all the stairs to the basement of the building. In the basement was the Mortuary. This room was terrifying. It was dead silent, and through like three sets of doors. I really expected zombies to pop out at us!
On the walls down here they had the original autopsy photos of the women. These were a little creepy, and hard to look at.
We then hiked back up to the lobby and gift-shop area. I bought myself some souvenirs because I love Jack the Ripper stuff! The lady working the front desk there was beyond wonderful! She went above and beyond to make sure we had extra info!
We went back to the hostel, picked up Heather, who needed a nap while we ran to the museum, and headed off in search of Indian food. We ended up on Brick Lance. We actually ended up at an Argentinian restaurant, not Indian, called Moo Cantina. I’ve never had Argentinian food before, and it was delicious! We ended up drinking quite a few margaritas before heading back to the hostel to get some sleep!
Stay tuned for more of our London adventure!