Yesterday, we took our last field trip in our Psychology class. We started by traveling to the London Museum. Our primary focus while at the museum was to see the London Stone and look at the mystical things that surround the stone. The stone has been placed at the center of London for may years and has played a main role in many different books and plays, especially one play by Shakespeare. While there, we did some research and learned that the mystical/magical qualities that the stone supposedly holds are actually all a myth. It is a legend that has been passed down; however, it was interesting to see the stone with the thought process of believing that there is something magical and then seeing it without. When I thought there was a magical or mystical quality to the stone, I looked all around, trying to find it and see what was so special about the stone. Once I found out about the myth, I only viewed the stone as a stone and nothing more.
While we were at the London Museum, we also got to go around and explore different exhibits. One of the exhibits included the Olympic Torch from when the Olympics were held in London in 2012. It was amazing to see the torch up close and I was so happy I got to see it in person!
After the museum, we met up with our class and teacher and started our journey to Highgate Cemetery. When we got off the tube, we realized we had a long walk ahead of us. We had to walk up a very steep hill to make it to the cemetery. After the long walk (with a lot of breaks), we finally made it to the cemetery. The cemetery was definitely an interesting and new experience. I have never really been to a cemetery before this experience and it was a little spooky to me. I got to see Anna Mahler’s grave, which was super cool for me. Anna Mahler was the daughter of a famous composer: Gustav Mahler. Other famous people were buried there like Karl Marx, but overall, it was pretty creepy for me. I had a weird feeling the whole time I was there and I was happy to leave. I felt like we should be respectful of those who had died and it felt weird to think of the cemetery as a tourist attraction. It had also rained that day, which made the atmosphere even thicker than on a sunny day.
Overall, our last field trip was very memorable and was full of some new experiences! I had a good time and it’s truly hard to believe that we have already completed all of our field trips!