March 11th: London

We grab some sandwiches at the Somerfield on Berwick Street and eat them on the way to Charing Cross Road. Today is bookstores day, as we take in as many as we can. Unfortunately for me, they mostly deal in expensive firsts, and when they have the books I’m looking for, they’re way more than list price. We go to Sainsbury’s for some frozen dinners and back to the hostel to heat them up. I’m shocked that the chicken vindaloo I got is actually spicy. Two American girls are in the kitchen – they hadn’t seen any sights, just there to party. We leave them behind and head off towards the British Museum. If you desire to see the history of Western civilization in two or three hours, that’s the place to do it. I found the Rosetta stone and the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon particularly memorable.

Later, we returned to Moon and Sixpence for some fish and chips before we went to The Avalon to see Heather Nova. She’s never played the D.C. area, so I was happy to finally catch her. She was amazing, although Seth was more impressed with Howie Day, who recorded loops while playing guitar and accompanied himself with up to five layers of vocals, percussion, and guitar.

[Originally published at GoHither.Net]