This weekend was my second to last in London and it was one I was particularly looking forward to because I saved a most special treat. I saved, you guessed it, THE DOCTOR WHO EXPERIENCE. For those of you who have not had the great honor of watching Doctor Who before today, please, do yourself a favor: stop reading and go watch it. Everyone else may continue reading.
The Doctor Who Experience is an interactive adventure with the Doctor through a series of sets from the show. Essentially, the Doctor is once again stuck in the Pandorica and it fell to us, the audience, to rescue the Doctor. He condescendingly referred to us as “not Amy” or “shoppers,” but none of us minded because the Doctor is just that awesome. We got to walk into the Police Box and, yes, the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. We got to “fly” the TARDIS, sexy beast that she is, to a safe landing…and when I say safe I mean that somehow we manage to land it inside the hull of a Dalek space ship! Whoops. After a terrifying interview with the Daleks we managed to escape and save the Doctor! Jammy dodgers for everyone!
After the adventure was over we were let out onto the exhibition floor with old sets and costumes from every Doctor! It was geek heaven. Check it out:
If you love Doctor Who and ever visit London it’s totally worth a trip. But until then, remember that Christmas Day there is a new episode AND here’s a youtuber eating fishsticks and custard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8htMWfgl10UEnjoy.
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.