Migrated post from Blogger.com. Refer to Europe 2009 Blog Migration.
Events of Day 3 in London:
- I headed out later today… 9:30am instead of before 9am like Monday/Tuesday. Joined younger brother of my host on bus ride to Convent Gardens. This was my first ride on a red double decker bus!
- Explored Convent Garden & Leicester Square, but not for long since it was raining lightly… Dropped by one of the Westend cheap theatre ticket stalls. Here I got a stall seat/ticket for the matinee show of Wicked (2:30pm)
- I then caught the Tube from Picadily Circus to Marylebone, where my friend met up with me and brought me back to her place for lunch.
- Lunch was a relaxed affair; a most delicious home-cooked meal!
- After a few hours with my friend it was time to head to the Apollo Victoria theatre (Victoria tube station)
- Wicked took up 3 hrs from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. A most enjoyable show, talented actors and scripted storyline. Brilliant music although it’s not the kind that’s easily stuck in your head…
- Tubed it back to Borough, had enough time to freshen up before we my host drove us out to Hemel Hempstead (my godmother’s brother’s home) for a home-cooked meal.
Thoughts for the day:
- The expected rain has finally hit! Not heavy but enough to restrict exploration efforts around Leicester Square…
- The bus ride is definitely better than the Tube, but you need to know the routes and connections…
- Having home-cooked meals were a great change from all the eating out…
- It took quite a bit of effort to get a prepaid SIM up and running – finally got credit added…
- I’m so glad I saw Wicked – I had been previously disappointed that I had missed out in Melbourne but this experience more than made up for the loss!
- Ended the day with speculation on whether my hosts’ dad may have known my mum back in KL in years gone past.
Seeing this post triggered a quick search and re-read of the 2014 posts that mention Wicked. The main article to link off to here is Defying Gravity! which provides a bit of a song analysis. In re-reading that article, you may notice I have taken this opportunity to provide a short analysis on musicals and their signature (dominant) songs.