Another day, another museum! Yesterday me and my classmates attended the British Museum, which is dedicated to human history, art and culture. There was so much to be seen in this museum it was almost overwhelming. I am truly so fascinated by the extensive amount of artifacts there were, and felt that there was much to take in. I was particularly interested in the Egyptian death and afterlife mummy exhibit. These date back to around 1300 B.C. I’ve never seen mummies in real life, and was in awe of how intact they stayed all these years. It’s truly wild to think of how old they are, and was fascinating to learn about. I got to take in more information about how the bodies were transformed into mummies, which is pretty crazy, and kind of freaked me out a little bit.
What also amazed me was the Rosetta stone. The British Museum has the only surviving piece there is of the Rosetta stone on display in a case. The stone was originally part of a bigger slab but broke off, and the rest has never been found. The stone has three types of writing inscriptions that are in a hieroglyphic writing style. It really blows me away that this was their way of communication in Ancient Egypt. I feel lucky that I had the chance to see this piece of history.
Later in the day we participated in our most touristy event yet: A hop on hop off bus tour, as well as a boat tour! I have always been slightly embarrassed of the idea of those bus tours. They seem way too tourist-central, and while I am a tourist here… the hop on hop off bus was a bit much for me to swallow. However, I ended up having such a fun time with my peers! We got a history lesson on the attractions around London and got to see the city from a birds eye view. After the bus tour we hopped right onto the boat tour. This was breathtaking as we got to take in the sights from the water.
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