Posts Tagged ‘Rosetta Stone’

‘Ello mates!

Hello, all! As you might be aware, I am currently studying abroad in England, for a brief three weeks, taking a literature class through Cedarville. There are about twenty of us students, plus two professors, making for a lovely experience :) I have been out of the range of Internet for the past couple of days, so I shall now provide these tardy updates…

 

‘Ello mates!

Our first day in England has been busy, busy, busy! We landed in Heathrow around 8:30 am and met our representative from Brethren Colleges Abroad, who will be assisting us when we arrive in Cheltenham. She helped us make our way to our hostel, which is close to the Thames river. (Remember, that’s pronounced “tems”, not “thayms”…don’t want you walking around London, looking like silly Americans, now do we?)

Our hostel

Having never stayed in a hostel before, some of us are experiencing a wee bit of culture shock. The rooms are fairly small, full of many beds, and the stairwells are fairly narrow, and our room is on the third floor. However, we are very fortunate not to have to share our room with any strangers. The main floor of the hostel is super-cute, complete with couches and a restaurant. It feels very adventurous, staying here! I like it J There are bright colors everywhere, and the staff here are very helpful.

For lunch, a group of us went to a local pub called the Grosvenor. The interior of the pub was exactly how I pictured an English pub – a bar at the center, with tables and comfy couches and chairs throughout the rest of the establishment. The floor was covered in posh red carpet, and the walls were covered in retro posters. Seeing that it was only 11:30 am, the only other customer was an elderly man who appeared to be a regular. The man who ran the pub was incredibly kind and tolerant of our ignorant, jet-lagged, tourist ways. I got some vegetable soup with “crusty bread”, as the menu said, and it was especially delicious!

 

As today was our only free day in London, it was my goal to traverse to the British Museum to see their extensive collection of Ancient Egyptian antiquities, including the Rosetta Stone. Although it was raining, a group of 6 of us students decided we didn’t want to take public transit to the museum (which was on the opposite side of Central London)– no, we would walk to the British Museum. I had printed out directions before leaving home, and was confident that I could lead us there with ease.

Well….

The directions from Google gave incorrect road names, so we got turned around. Several times. In pouring rain. But it was an adventure! We ended up inadvertently walking past Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben – a major highlight for our day. Even though our walk took a full hour longer than we expected, and we looked like drowned rats upon arriving at the Museum, we did finally arrive! And it was worth the effort. Rick Steeves was right when he called their collection “the greatest collection of civilization, anywhere”. Dozens of mummies, Assyrian sculptures, Babylonian engravings, statues from the Parthenon, and tons, tons, tons of beautiful old books. And, of course, the Rosetta Stone. It was amazing!!!

The Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Big Ben, with the London Eye peeking up behind

Big Ben, with the London Eye peeking up behind

The exterior of the British Museum

Museum interior.

Museum interior.

Pillars taken from a Babylonian temple

Pillars taken from a Babylonian temple

A tiny fragment of the Egypt collection. This section of the museum also appeared to be a library, housing hundreds and hundreds of beautiful old books.

A tiny fragment of the Egypt collection. This section of the museum also appeared to be a library, housing hundreds and hundreds of beautiful old books.

The Elgin Marbles. These were taken from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin. Due to some sort of restoration, they cannot be returned to the Parthenon itself, so they remain in the British Museum.

The Elgin Marbles. These were taken from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin. Due to some sort of restoration, they cannot be returned to the Parthenon itself, so they remain in the British Museum.

The Rosetta Stone! This stone presents a decree, written three separate times in three different languages -- Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs at the top, Demotic script in the middle, and Ancient Greek at the bottom. When this stone was discovered, Egyptian hieroglyphs were untranslated. This stone allowed researchers to first translate and understand Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

The Rosetta Stone! This stone presents a decree, written three separate times — Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs at the top, Demotic script in the middle, and Ancient Greek at the bottom. When this stone was discovered, Egyptian hieroglyphs were untranslated. This stone allowed researchers to begin understanding hieroglyphs, and thus has proved priceless in the realm of Egyptology.

To avoid getting lost again (and killing our feet), we took the Tube back to the hostel. It was a much more historic/rugged experience than taking the Metro in Washington DC, and very enjoyable. (Plus, everyone here has British accents, making almost all experiences much more fantastic ;) )

 IMG_1328

Our trip this far is a little bit like summer camp. Our room in the hostel contains five bunk beds, which offers a good chance to chat with the other students – many of whom I don’t know very well. It also has involved lots of adventures that wear you out (i.e. walking all over London), and very little sleep (we had an overnight flight into London, so we are all still jet-lagged). And, like summer camp, it has been lots of fun!

 

Thank you so much to everyone for your prayers! I will do my best to provide more updates in the coming days and weeks

 

Love,

Taylor

 

Soli Deo Gloria

Archives