Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum!

On Saturday night, Nate and I took a little walk to the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum not far from our apartment. It was such a fun museum! We saw some of the craziest things! I was laughing because the whole time I was walking around with my mouth open. I was in shock at each thing that I saw and I kept on thinking, Ya right! This is unbelievable! That could never really happen! But everything in this museum is true, which is what makes it so great. I captured some of my favorite moments on camera for you all to have a sneak peek......

This band that was playing was in the front lobby. They are wax people of course. Look at the lady on the right with the gold rings around her neck. We watched a little movie about a village in Thailand who believe that the longer your neck looks, the more beautiful you are. So starting from a young age, the girls wear these gold metal rings around their neck to make their necks longer. They start with one ring, and then every year they add 1 more ring. They stop at 25 rings. We saw pictures of these ladies necks and they looked disgusting. Their necks did really look longer, but we saw an X-ray of one of the ladies and really what had happened was their spines and vertebrae were compressed down making their necks appear longer but really, they are just ruining their back bones. Crazy huh?

This was a fun part of the museum. There is a farmer in Wisconsin that takes on animals that are born with genetic malfunctions. Usually these types of animals would be killed off right after they are born, but this farmer pays money to adopt them and care for them at his farm out of the goodness of his heart! Sometimes they die suddenly anyway, but there are a lot of these animals that live to a long age. Then when they die, he donates them to the museum for people to be made aware that some animals are born like this. First, we have the 2 headed sheep and then the 2 headed cow who also has legs growing up out of his body!

This is an art piece that is made completly from stamps! The person that made this had a medical disorder that made them fearful of leaving their home and going outside so they stayed in practically their whole life. They used their time making pictures with stamps!

Here is a picture of Nate with John F. Kennedy made completely from butterflies and other bugs!

This picture is made purely from gumballs! From far away you can see the picture, but up close, it just looks like a bunch of gum!

Here is a man that had the longest nose ever known to man. I don't remember his name but this is a wax replica of him and his long nose! Now I thought my nose was big!

This is a picture of Princess Diana, and guess what it is made from!...Dryer lint! How cool is that?

These pictures are made completely from 1 pence coins. Crazy how they get to be so many different shades over the years.

This is a crazy one.........They had her faced with her back towards us and then after reading the plaque which I posted below, you could press a button and have her turn around. Wow......poor lady! The world's ugliest woman, "The Mule-Faced Woman!" But she did end up getting married! There is still hope for everyone! :)

This is what Nate would look like if he only had half of his body......they showed 3 really inspiring short films about people who have been born like this- with only half of their body. It is amazing the things that they were able to do! Play football, roller skate, and even have a normal child!

I know, I know.....this is not my best shot.....but focus on the lady to my right. If you look closely, she was born with 2 brown irises in each eye! Crazy!

Can you imagine how hot he would get in the summer? Dang! That's a lot of hair! Some people complain about how their hair is too thin and they don't have enough of it. This guy has way too much! At least he used himself wisely by joining the circus!

This is called a chastity belt! They used to make ladies wear this metal bolted lock "diaper" when their husbands went away to make sure they didn't cheat on him! Can you imagine? What about honesty and loyalty, instead of force......

The World's FATTEST Man! This is what he ate:

Wow! Now I'm full.......I guess he wasn't aware of Weight Watchers.....

This is really cool! If you are reading this, you better try it.

The world's tallest man! This is what he looked like compared to me! I am 5'2, so can you imagine? Dang!

Nate says he wants to be buried in one of these when he dies...........I guess we will have to see. :)

Shrunken heads! They were pretty cool to look at, but very disgusting! Just think, a real head!

This is the mirror maze which was way fun. You can't even tell where you are going because there are so many mirrors. You have to be careful because you sometimes mistake a mirror for an opening and then bang your head againest the mirror. Ouch!

This was definitly a good time! We would recommend this museum to anyone! So much fun!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

London Ghost Bus Tours

Every night during the month of October, we see this bus outside of our window. It is like a red double decker bus but it is black. It has a big sign on each side that says, "The Ghost Bus Tours." It is parked outside on our side of the street so we see it often walking to and from the apartment.This last Friday, Heather and Steven, Paige and Will, and Nate and I went to the 9PM tour. We stopped at Mooli's before hand and got a bite to eat, and then headed on our way.
It was a fun ride and we were very entertained. They drove us around the town and told us stories about the haunted areas of London and murders and things that have happened here. The two men giving the tour were very entertaining.

FHE Group

It has been so fun since we moved to London because there are actually a ton of young LDS couples here. There are 9 couples that have been married 4 years or less that just moved here for school or work. It is really fun! We started an FHE group where we have a lesson, activity and then a treat to share with everyone. It has been tons of fun getting to know each other. Paige made the cute RIP brownies. They were very good! Thanks to her mom for sending the brownie mixes! :)
Pictured above from left to right is: Jess, (Her husband Chris had to work that night) Emily, David, Will, Paige, Nate, and me.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard

Last week, Jean and I went to the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. It happens every even day of the week at 11:30 AM. However, in the summer months, it is every day. We got there a little too late so didn't get the best spots, but it was still amazing. We saw the band playing and marching down the road with all the horses and everything. Pretty cool to see this kind of stuff just literally 5 minutes away from our apartment!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Tayyabs Pakistan Food

Nate and I were in the mood for some Indian/Pakistan food. We have heard that London has really good places for these types of cuisines so we wanted to search it out. Nate found this restaurant online and it had rave reviews. It had 600 reviews from different people and pretty much everyone loved it.

It was a Wednesday night and it was so crowded! Body to body people in there....and on a Wednesday! We have heard that it is always like that. There was a 30 minute wait, but we got in fairly quickly since there were only 2 of us. We didn't have a clue what to order, since most things on the menu, we didn't know what they were, let alone even read them! So, we turned to the table next to us and asked what they got and what they reccomended. They were very helpful and were regular customers to Tayyabs.

For the "chips and salsa" of the meal, they brought out a little dish of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, and then these tortilla looking things but that were really crisp like a chip. Then they gave us 3 different sauces to dribble on top. Kind of different. So this is what we ordered.......

Coconut sweet Naan bread. (It was steaming so it fogged up my camera!) With this food, you break the bread into pieces and use it to eat with your main dish. You could either order rice or Naan, and we got the Naan, which was an excellent choice. I didn't take pictures, but we also got a chicken appetizer that had really good flavor to it. I didn't LOVE it because it was on the bone, and I am not a fan of eating meat off the bone, but it still was great, and Nate loved it.

Main Dishes: Nate got a lamb curry, pictured on the right, and I got a spinach potato curry pictured on the left. They were both excellent and had amazing spices and flavor. So different than anything I have ever tasted.

Naan bread #2. This is a garlic cheese naan bread which was amazing. Better than the sweet one. The drink on the right is called a mango lassi, or mango milkshake. It was so good. Pakistan is one of the highest producing countries of mangos so they are famous for this drink.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

London Pics

Jean and I were riding the red double decker buses down to St. Paul's Cathedral one day. We were stopped at a light and I decided to take some pictures of what I see everyday in London. I thought it was cool how on the left side of the street you see a long line of buses all in a row. You can tell by these pictures that it is very busy here and there is always a ton going on. That's what you get for living in a city I guess!


Nate discovered Mooli's from his app on his Iphone, Urban Spoon. He was looking up good Indian food that was low in price that this came up. It got rave reviews and everyone said to hurry and go there before it explodes and expands and becomes more crowded and expensive because "it is going somewhere." It was started by a lawyer and a business man who were sick of their jobs and wanted a change. They took a risk and opened this restaurant. Their risk was successful and now it is a popular restaurant in London!

They have wraps and salads that are Indian flavors. The spices and sauces they use are so creative and interesting. It tastes like nothing you have ever eaten before so it is hard to compare it to something else. I think that is what makes it so popular is because it is so different and unusual but very addicting. The first time I went with Nate and I got a chicken wrap with lentils and pickled turnip and Nate got a beef wrap. The second time I went with Jean and got a chicken vegtable stew with a coconut pepper broth and their homeade roti bread. If you ever get to London, this place is worth a visit.

Saturday, October 22, 2011