I realized today that I really wanted a t-shirt with the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan on it. I had seen it on some t-shirts earlier in the week, but didn’t really think much of it. Today it dawned on me how genius that slogan is and how much it will apply to my life in the next year. Unfortunately, between my archive appointment at the V&A and then making it back to the British Library, I didn’t have a chance to track one down. I think I’ll have to order one online.

Anyway, the day was spent doing research and wrapping things up here.

The archives place I went to this morning was quite the trek away from King’s Cross. On top of that, I was surprised to find out my connecting train only runs every 20 minutes, as opposed to every couple minutes like the other trains. I was in the process of trying to figure out how to walk to the archive place when the train appeared. Woot.

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I spent the next six hours taking pictures of newspaper clippings and watching video archive recordings.

I am so thankful that my dad got me a new digital camera for Christmas last year. Who knew it would come in so handy? I would have died if I couldn’t take pictures of these clippings.

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Once I’d exhausted myself and my camera battery at the archives, I trekked back up to King’s Cross to return to the British Library. I spent another couple hours listening to the audio recording of the play I’m studying then decided to call it a day.

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I grabbed dinner and some plane snacks at Marks & Spencer and here I am packing up my stuff.

So am I ready to go home? Do I want to stay here forever? Well, I’m ready to be home, but if my apartment and Charlie were in London then it would be the best of both worlds. I feel like there is still so much to see and do here. I only touched the tip of the iceberg! I know this means that I have plenty of reasons to come back and visit. Hopefully my research will also create many excuses to travel back to London.

Tomorrow presents my final challenge of this trip. I need to figure out the Heathrow Express and get myself back onto US soil. I also promised myself 24 hours of laziness and cuddle time with Charlie for Friday. I need some downtime!

My alarm will be going off at 4:15am tomorrow morning — it’s time for bed!

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