December 15, 2005

London, Imperial and a nice day out.

Well, yesterday I went to Imperial college's postgraduate open day.

Got up at 8, drove to coventry station. That's lazy I know, I should've cycled but I thought I'd probably be too tired when I got back to coventry to cycle back to campus. Once I discovered the parking fee for £6 for the day I decided to definately cycle in future.

I acually got there early. My train was at 10:20 but I managed to catch the late 9:50 one at 9:58. Arrived in London Euston at about 11:30. Wandered off the platform and wandered around for a few minutes trying to work out where the entrance to the underground bit of euston was. I found it, worked out how the underground system worked and jumped on to a tube train to Green Park. Changed there and got on another for South Kensington. Got off, wandered around outside the station looking for street signs, failed to find any. I had a map but couldn't work out the orientation so gave up in the end, found the sun, noted it was almost excatly mid-day and walked in the opposite direction – North. This lead me to the university, very quickly. It's quite worrying that I still use this method of naviagtion, it does work though.

The uni is ok, much like warwick would be if its campus was merged with a city. There are some building sites, some old buildings (not the really old fancy kind, but the old decripid metal kind) and some shiny new buildings. The actual open day wasn't all that much help. The main part was well organised but just the same as you'd expect to be said at any open day. The physics part was fairly unorganised, the same as here. It was just a small room with some posters with a few people from each group standing around talking to people. This is what I wanted but there was only one bloke from the plasma group there, who was helpful, but a theorist and not really who I needed to see. It turns out they have a group open day in feburary so I shall goto that aswell. In fact, when I first got there, there was only one person at the table. She turned out to be waiting for the quantum optics group so we talked until the proper people turned up and turfed her off the plasma table.

At 14:20 I decided I ought to start heading back. The ticket I had wasn't valid between 15:00 and 18:00 so I had a choice between hurrying back or waiting around until 18:00. Next time I probably will wait and have a look around London, since I havn't been in a good many years.

Entered South Kensington station at ~ 14:35 and arrived at coventry at about 16:25.

So really the day was fairly unsuccessful in terms of PhD aquiring, but was a nice day out.

My thoughts on train and tube journeys later…

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