This weekend feels like it’s taken ages to arrive. I’ve really started to get into the swing of things being an Au Pair and after a long week I was ready to have a couple of days to really enjoy London (which I know I do a lot of anyway.)
I could’ve had a proper lie-in this morning but I decided to get up and actually eat breakfast for once in my life. My host family have gone away this weekend, so I went downstairs and ate a bowl of my M&S Chocolate cereal whilst watching Friends. It wasn’t long until I was ready and out of the door and on my way to Piccadilly. I spent my morning sitting in Leicester Square with a Strawberry & Cream frappuccino from Starbucks – the Starbucks voucher that my Auntie, Uncle and cousins got me as a leaving gift has been a life saver recently, I get to treat myself without spending any money. I love vouchers.
Late morning, I took a walk to Orbital Comics, the Eisner Award Winning venue for a range of comic books, graphic novels and hard-to-find comic artworks. It was great that I didn’t have to rush off anywhere and I spent a good while in there browsing through shelves until I had settled on Wytches and Paper Girls. Considering I’m only an Au Pair, I was very brave spending £17 on Graphic Novels but the two of them combined with my Starbucks voucher means that I won’t have to spend a penny all week.
After my mooch in the book shop I went back to Leicester Square for a cup of tea at Costa before I went to see The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. I have always wanted to see Phantom on stage so today has really been a dream come true. I fell in love with the Phantom all over again and seeing it on stage, in front of me, was like watching it for the first time. I have always loved the 2004 film version, but I know that nothing ever compares to a stage production and today I finally saw Phantom the way it should be seen – in all it’s glory. Now, of course I’m so used to Gerard Butler but Ben Forsters portrayal of the famous Opera Ghost was, in my opinion, perfect. He has a voice to die for and he didn’t just seduce Christine, he seduced the whole audience.
Harriet Jones’ Christine was also on point and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when she so beautifully tells our Phantom, “Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of life have you known? God gave me courage to show you, you are not alone”, before that long awaited kiss. I’ve always been team Phantom as far as this love triangle goes, so it was difficult to keep my excitement contained as I had no one with me to fangirl with.
I honeslty had the best time seeing my first ever West End musical, especially since it was my all time favourite. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more musicals while I’m here in London