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  • Day2

    Albert Memorial / Kensington Gardens

    April 23 in the United Kingdom

    The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who died of typhoid fever in his early 40's.
    The statues in the 4 corners represent Europe, Asia, Africa and America

  • Day2

    Royal Albert Hall & Albert Memorial

    May 30 in the United Kingdom

    Nach unserer Kaffeepause waren wir schon fast ausgefroren und froh darauf, wieder auf die 'warmen' Straßen Londons zu wechseln. Von der Brompton Road aus zackeln wir quer durch verschiedene Gassen in Richtung Kensington Garden.

    Dabei lassen wir uns natürlich die Royal Albert Hall nicht entgehen. Zum Glück nähern wir uns dem Gebäude vom Südosten her und haben so einen uneingeschränkten Blick auf das runde Gebäude mit einem Umfang von 210 m, das 1871 vollendet wurde. Da wir keine Tour im Gebäude machen wollen, umrunden wir es außen und stellen fest, dass etliche Teile des Gebäudes eingerüstet sind und gerade renoviert werden. Schön, dass wir auch den anderen Teil gesehen haben.

    Mehr interessiert uns aber mittlerweile eine riesige "Turmspitze", die am Rande des Kensington Gardens gegenüber der Royal Albert Hall steht. Wie es sich herausstellt, handelt es sich dabei um das Albert Memorial, dass dem Ehemann von Königin Victoria gewidmet ist. Der überlebensgroße Prinz Albert sitzt unter einem Baldachin mit 58 m Höhe. Das Postament wird geschmückt mit einem Marmorrelief mit Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft und Kunst, ebenso wie mit Figurengruppen, die Industrie, Handel, Ingenieurswesen und Landwirtschaft darstellen. Die Ecken des Aufgangs zum Postament schmücken Figurengruppen, die Europa, Asien, Afrika und Amerika symbolisieren. Ein beeindruckendes und wirklich gelungenes Memorial, das zum Verweilen einlädt.
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  • Day2

    Stadtteil Kensington - Imperial College

    June 12 in the United Kingdom

    Vom Hyde Park ging es in den Stadtteil Kensington, in dem wir auf sehr schöne und große britische Wohnhäuser, nur aus Backsteinen, gestoßen sind. Die auf den Bildern festgehaltenen Wohngebäude aus Backstein waren genau gegenüber vom Imperial College im Londoner Stadtteil Kensington. Auch dieses College, gegenüber von der Royal Albert Hall, sieht wunderschön aus. Auf dem Weg dorthin sind wir auf diese sehr amüsante Straße gestoßen. Vier Spuren: Einmal für Vierbeiner, dann für Zweibeiner, für Drahtesel und für Autos.Read more

  • Day10

    Letzter Bericht aus London

    June 4, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    London ist auch nach einer Woche immer noch hektisch, komplett überfüllt und sehr riesig. Es ist gibt einfach zu viel dort. Ich habe probiert möglichst viel zu sehen, aber bin im Endeffekt nur von Ort zu Ort gesprintet. Ich hatte mir für die letzten 2 Tage folgendes Programm vorgenommen: 6 Museen, Hyde Park, Tower Bridge und Notting Hill. Na ja, die Hälfte habe ich geschafft ;-)
    Vom Hyde Park war ich echt enttäuscht, der Greenwich Park hat mir wesentlich besser gefallen. Der Hyde Park wirkte so trostlos, da ein paar Bäume und dann kommt lange nichts auf den kaputten Wegen bis auf ein oder zwei Staturen. Das einzig interessante war das Albert Denkmal (vorletzte Bild).
    Von der Tower Bridge war ich echt begeistert, wie es vielleicht auch zu erkennen ist :-P
    Ein paar Worte zu den Museen. Das Science Museum war sehr fesselnd. Meine Empfehlung, wer nochmal in London ist, sollte dort hin. Im Gegensatz zu dem Darwin Museum (Natural History Museum), das könnt ihr euch sparen. War dort echt enttäuscht, da ich mich dort im Vorfeld an meisten darauf gefreut habe. Als ich gerade gehen wollte, haben sich zwei junge Leute mit asiatischen Wurzeln mitten in der Dinosaurier Halle des Darwin Museum das Ja-Wort gegeben. War auch mal was Neues, warum auch nicht? :-)
    Victoria and Albert Museum war okay, aber einfach viel viel zu groß. Bringt für alle Museen viel Zeit mit.

    Als ich auf dem Weg zum Hyde Park war, bin ich in eine Seitengasse gegangen um nach einem billigen Getränkeladen zu suchen. Witziger Weise stand dort auf einmal der Reisebus der englischen Nationalmannschaft. Habe auch ein paar bekannte Spieler einstiegen sehen. Worauf man nicht alles stößt, wenn man zufällig eine Seitengasse einschlägt ;-)

    Eine weitere coole Sache ist mir am Belgravia Square passiert. Habe dort einen wunderschönen Park entdeckt und bin mit fremden leuten einfach hinein gegangen. Habe mich zwar im Vorfeld gewundert warum es dort alles abgezäunt ist und es zusätzlich noch eine hohe Hecke gab, aber na ja, bin einfach mit rein. Der Park war wunderschön mit einem Tennisplatz und kleineren Gärten im Park selbst. Habe den bisher ältesten und dicksten Baum in einem Leben gesehen. Auf jeden Fall kam ich nicht wieder raus ohne Schlüssel und musste erst andere fragen, ob diese mich rauslassen könnten. Es stellte sich im Nachhinein heraus, dass dies das Diplomatenviertel ist. Aber immer war in einem echt schönen Park :-)

    Durfte noch 1 Tag länger bei meiner Gastfamilie bleiben und habe im Gegenzug dafür ein bisschen Holz gehackt und Rasen gemäht heute.

    So, morgen geht es dann richtig los. Erste Station ist Canterburry.
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  • Day3

    Diaries about Water

    November 9 in the United Kingdom

    The first full day in London started off with trying to do some form of reading for the up and coming assignments due in three weeks time (emphasis on trying). Anyway after realising that I would have to do that reading tonight I left the house and set off for the RGS building in Kensington.

    Harry, Viv and Paddy, the family friends I am staying with kindly lent me one of their oyster cards for the tube so I feel like a proppa saf Londoner now (at least when whipping the card out, otherwise not that Cockney).

    Getting off the tube I immediately remembered why I love London so much: street musicians. In the underpass a violinist was playing some classical music, further along and up the steps a guitarist was singing a Beatles song. The guitarist had picked a picturesque spot in front of an ice rink under trees that were decorated with so many fairy lights, it made my room look less ultra-basic girl. It was a marvellous soundtrack for walking along Exhibition Road, passing the Natural History Museum and Science Museum.

    Arriving slightly early at the RGS building just opposite the road of Hyde Park, I had an hour to kill before the evening lecture would begin.
    The gallery next to the entrance hall exhibited a selection of images from one of the early British Everest expeditions, in 1921. The expedition aimed at mapping out different approach routes and would lay plans for future attempts of climbing Everest.
    The prints shown in the exhibit were made from the original negatives, and as squashy-old-photo as that may sound, it was as if I was looking through a collection of black and white photos taken on a recent NatGeo expedition. Only the climbers, wearing rope around their waists as support, hinted at the fact that the pictures stemmed from almost a century ago.

    With this taster of great expeditions the doors to the map room opened and tea and coffee was being served. It was a slightly surreal situation at the beginning as a group of army cadets, all dressed up in uniform were gathered in the room as well, taking a break from their memorial service. Slight fear and amusement of being underdressed to the nines or having crashed a Poppy tradition crept up but, luckily, at the little water dispenser I met Naomi Hart.

    She is an artist, working mainly in painting and drawing, who collaborates with scientists for inspiration and projects. Something I hadn’t thought of in that way before but in a way makes complete sense. On Sunday she will be talking about the use of art within expeditions to portray the cause.
    Emily Nagel, who returned from her Volvo Ocean Race around the world race just this July (it took her 9 months to complete) was also in the map room and stated that she really loves boats and will be talking about them tomorrow.
    There were several other people I briefly met, such as Andrew Pindar, who organises logistics for sailing expeditions, and Ceri Lewis, a marine biologist from Exeter University, who studies the impact of microplastics on the Ocean‘s biodiversity.
    So many people and that was just the tea and coffee bit...

    Finally the bell was rung by a man in a suit walking round the room, and we were ushered into the Ondaatje Lecture Theatre. I was sat next to two women, who turned out to be the first main speaker’s mother and aunty, flown in from Ireland.
    The purpose of this first lecture was to give an introduction on expeditions and also to introduce projects supported by the RGS Land Rover bursary.

    The winner of the bursary from 2018, Dr. George Busby introduced his Mobile Malaria Project. The project will run from February to April 2019 in an adapted Labrover. The team will drive from Namibia over Zambia and Tanzania to Kenia, promoting and communicating their research on molecular surveillance of malaria, in hope of minimizing the disease. By trialling their process of genetic sequencing and doing so in a mobile manner, the team are aiming to empower local researchers.

    The concept of travelling with purpose has been stated from the get go of this seminar and was carried on through the first main speaker’s address. Fearghal O’Nuallain, an Irish geography teacher working in London presented his Water Diaries.
    His introduction to his life of expeditions started with a 30.000km cycling endeavour.
    After having pedalled around the world, and proven for himself that Earth is in fact, round, he returned home with a shifted perspective on life, something he called the ‘overview effect’. This effect caused him to realize no boundaries, seeing human conflicts as frivolous and enabled him a deeper empathy for the world around us.
    He also recognized the difficulty of exploring in a non-imperialistic way. There were moments he felt embarrassed coming into a country as the white explorer.

    As the winner of the bursary in 2017 Fearghal had returned from his expedition as was now presenting it. The aim of his project was to learn about current water issues and to bring these findings back to his classroom, so an education-focused approach rather than highly scientific. A series of expeditions would lead up to the sponsored one in Jordan.

    The first began up a 6088m high mountain in Bolivia and, following the natural course of water, led down a glacier, along streams and rivers straight into salt flats, where the water evaporates and is carried back to high grounds, closing the cycle.This is where water issues for local communities became clear, as the people of the Las Pas glacier in Bolivia, rely on the glacial melt for their water supply. Due to the glacier having melted completely, leaving nothing but dry rock, the Las Pas people are struggling for water.

    A second expedition to New York State would clarify the connection that could develop to a physical feature such as water. When travelling with the Hudson river for such an extended amount of time, Fearghal slowly started giving the river a personality, from it‘s young self to it‘s aged form by Coney Island before merging with the sea.

    The reason for choosing Jordan as a destination for the Water Diaries Land Rover expedition was the immense pressure on water resources the country is facing. With its increasing population and the changing precipitation patterns it presents an ideal land when addressing water shortage issues.
    The Land Rover acted as a mobile classroom and compiled information on water stress and receding glaciers and their impact on dependent agricultural communities.

    A question asked at the end of the talk was, what the contrast from travelling with a vehicle to cycling was. In short, the answer was that walking would enable the explorer an intimate understanding of their surroundings, cycling would broaden these impressions slightly and driving would put particular locations in focus. For this cause of collecting information on the ways of water and bringing these findings back to a classroom context, driving would enable the locations rather than the journey to be focused on, brain power would be fresher and kit choices wouldn’t be as restricted.

    So why water?
    It is the most basic and precious resource. The issue of water shortage is not spoken about enough, despite it being an implication of climate change besides CO2 emmissions.

    All in all, the message of today, for me, was how important travel with purpose is, how many purposes there are, and that these aren‘t necessarily the imperialistic white saviour of the day missions that I sometimes worry I dreamt about when I was little.

    Most importantly that we must explore, stick our finger into the world, rummage around and report back, because after all, who believes in things they have never seen or heard of before?
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Royal College of Art, ロイヤル・カレッジ・オブ・アート, Kraliyet Sanat Koleji, 皇家艺术学院

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