I had a hazy plan in mind for today as I went to bed last night: sleep in, take it easy, get some laundry done, and, if there was enough time after all of that, head over to Covent Garden and the London Transportation Museum. Well, I managed to sleep until about 8:30, then got up, took it relatively easy in that I did not allow myself to look at the clock or hurry myself too much, got all my laundry things together, and headed out the door. The laundry facilities are actually in the same building as our rooms are, except that to get in that area you must go out to the street and back in another door. To get in that door you must swipe your key, then you do a u-turn left and go through another door, then down a winding staircase and through a couple more doors. All in all, it feels like you might be descending to a dungeon. Except when you get there you pay, and at the end of it all you get to go out with clean clothes and (hopefully) all of the belongings you had brought in with you. I had a bit of trial-and-error the first time I did laundry here, in that I found out the wrong way that the washer requires exactly £1.20 and doesn't give any change back, but though the dryer may say "0.20" you can give it more and in fact should if you want to get more than about 10 minutes' worth of drying. This time, however, I came prepared with the exact change I needed, and was able to check email and a few other things online while everything was working as it should. I managed to finish my laundry and have it put up a little after 11:00, and then set out for the London Transportation Museum.
There's also a lot of fun to be had on the London Transportation Museum website, from shopping (all the goodness of the original, plus extra personalization options), to exploring the collections (there's some extra things which are only online, like a really neat film collection 1910-present), to curating your own exhibit with items from the museum.
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