I woke up today after 09:00, showered, dressed, and then got to work reserving places to stay in Edinburgh, Dublin, and New York City, as well as reserving seats on the train and airplanes I will take to get to these places over the next two weeks. This took up quite a bit of my morning and I did not leave the hostel until 13:00. I then walked to the Angel Station and rode the tube to Russell Square Station. From there, I walked southwest to the British Museum, which I entered shortly after 13:30 (good thing its open late on Fridays, till 20:30. Next, I proceeded to walk through all the permanent exhibition rooms (I had neither the time nor the inclination to pay to see the temporary exhibitions). This museum was wholly impressive and had artifacts from all around the world, helping to illustrate the entire history of human civilization. The Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek, and Roman collections were particularly great, and I enjoyed the artifacts and accompanying history on England and the Celts; however, I wish the museum had more to offer in regards to the history of the British Isles. In many ways, this museum served as a reminder to many of the places I’ve been on this long and exhaustive trip of mine – especially the Asian wing, showing artifacts and pictures of sites such as Borobudur, Wat Pho, Angkor Wat, Bodh Gaya, Ellora Cave Temple, Sri Dalada Maligawa, etc. The most important relic in this museum is probably the Rosetta Stone, but there were many other awesome objects worth seeing: pieces from the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), remains from the Nereid Monument, pieces from the Parthenon (the “Elgin Marbles” – the ones that Greece desperately wants back), Nineveh Palace Reliefs, the Cyrus Cylinder (considered to be the world’s first charter of human rights), the Royal Gold Cup (or “Saint Agnes Cup”), a Holy Thorn Reliquary, an Easter Island statue, the Benin Bronzes from Nigeria, one of those hoax Crystal Skulls (a nineteenth-century AD European creation that was purported to be of Aztec origin), and many, many more treasures. I spent nearly seven hours inside the museum and moved rather quickly. If one were to actually read every placard and spend time studying the pieces, one would need three days or so to visit the museum. I did manage to walk through each room of the permanent collection, but it was at too quick of a pace, even by my standards. After touring the museum, I exited the building after 20:00 and walked back to Russell Square Station. Next, I rode the tube back to Angel Station. From there, I walked north along Upper Street and through Camden Passage, trying to find a place to eat; I wanted an authentic English pub, but each one was spilling with crowds, drinking the night away (just like yesterday’s experience at the pub and restaurant I ended up at); so I settled on a hipster place and had spiced tortilla chips (with tzatziki, guacamole, and salsa), sweet potato fries, a fish pie (made with cod, salmon, scallops, tiger prawns, onion, and peas, and topped with English mustard and cheddar mash), and beer. After dinner, I stopped at a local Starbucks and had a pumpkin spiced latte, which I brought back with me to the hostel. As I drank my seasonal latte, I researched the best way to get to Stonehenge and looked up the sites I wanted to see tomorrow. I then typed out today’s journal entry and eventually went to bed after 01:00.