My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 2

My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 2

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So this is to continuation of my experience of being at The Oval in person and watching the second day of the test match.

If you haven’t read my blog reflecting on my experience on Day 1, you can click on¬†My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 1 to find out more.

I had a different kind of excitement about the second day because I was in the opposite end which felt closer to the action.

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When I got to the Laker Stand, I felt like I was a VIP or a special guest, it wasn’t far from going past the Hobbs Gates, there were two guards outside and when I found out I was in the right place, I was over the moon, I couldn’t believe it. I was so ecstatic. When I got to my seat, it felt like I was in the Royal Box or in a first class carriage. The atmosphere was so peaceful, there were only a small limited capacity so I wasn’t that disturbed. There were also seats with companies names on so I knew I was with articulate minds lol. On the right of me there was the Beer Garden and only people from that particular stand could access it which is why it felt exclusive. The tip I would give to anyone going to the Laker Stand would be always keep hold of your tickets, I went out the Laker Stand to fill up my water bottle just around the corner and when I came back to the Stand, I needed to show the guards my ticket to get allowed back into the stand.

 

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While I was watching the game, I used the earpiece that my cousin lend me so I had the treat of listening to the commentary at the same time.

In overall reflection,

I didn’t enjoy the experience as much as I liked, there are a combination of a few things that caused this.

First off, I went to the two days by myself because I didn’t feel there was anyone in particular that I would see myself going with and because of that I did feel a little bit isolated in some respects. It didn’t really put me that I was going by myself because my main attention would be to watching the match and my mind usually freezes at that point. If I did have a mate there, I would be thinking what can I talk about in the duration of seven hours? Not a lot lol.

This experience has given me the realisation of what it would be like travelling to Lord’s which has put me off from going to the test match in September and it also impacts on what I can expect if I was traveling to Australia. I think it’s safe to say I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked.

In terms of the day itself, I don’t think I could sit through a day anytime soon, it feels very long-winded in many respects which has put me off from going to Australia because the trip from London to Sydney would roughly take 12 hours alone followed by sitting a minimum of six days or a maximum of 10 match days. If I can’t sit and enjoy two days then how I am I going to through the rest of the days.

One thing that bothered me about both days was the crowd. The one thing I find hard to cope with in general on match days is a crowd of people going to a specific event. For instance, when I was at uni and coming home in the evenings, sometimes England would play at Wembley Stadium and I go past Wembley Park (nearest station to the stadium) that would always bother me. Recently when Joshua was fighting Klitchsko at Wembley Stadium, I was coming home from Kensington so I had a mob of fans on the train who were very loud. The atmosphere of having a large crowd has always bothered me in a small places. I do accept that these situations are likely to happen and I have to mask my feelings. I’m quite glad I’m not a season ticket holder in the football sense because the crowds on the train every week would likely put me off so I’m just glad I don’t go out on match days and avoid it as much as possible. Having said that, this won’t put me off going to Old Trafford, San Siro or Lyon to watch a football game. As long as I can travel to at least one game then I’m happy.

I can at least admit that by writing this blog , I have been open to expressing my feelings and giving my reactions. I tried something but unfortunately it didn’t work out to the way I wanted.

Unfortunately we can get cases like that in different things so it is up to us as an individual to just experience it.

It is a shame but it’s out the way now so I won’t lose sleep over this. I basically compare this experience to an internship role I performed in a digital marketing agency, I was interested to know what it would be like to work in digital marketing but after the two weeks I came to the realisation and conclusion that it wasn’t a career I wanted to pursue.

It can be about trial and error, if you aren’t going to try to experience new things then you don’t have the way of knowing. I felt like that in the way of thinking last year on going on my first date, if I hadn’t gone to Dublin then potentially I would have no way of knowing whether the girl was going to like me or not. I’m just glad I can sit here now and be on good terms with her. She gives me inspiration to better my life ūüôā

And I’m glad now that I found my answer that I can just enjoy cricket from my bedroom or living room and not have to go to watch it live.

My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 1

My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 1

Hello everyone.

This first part of my blog will be discussing my experience of going to the first day of the test series at The Oval cricket ground between England and South Africa.

My purpose of going to The Oval was to have a first-hand experience of what it is like as a spectator to be watching a test match close-up as I feel it is important for me to accomplish this feat as it was one my goals I wanted to achieve.

I love watching test matches on TV, when I was at university, I would literally stay up during the night around Christmas time to watch test matches that aired in Australia and be up during the day to watch test matches shown in South Africa.

My love of watching test cricket was what drove me to go and watch the test match at The Oval Cricket ground so I felt that this was an opportunity to accomplish this achievement.

I initially went for the first two days of the test match.

What felt special about going to the test match at the time is that it was the 100th match to be hosted at the ground which I find remarkable. I’m not going to bore everyone with cricket facts because my audience is not specifically cricket fans lol. Why I find it remarkable is that it is second best to Lord’s cricket ground (if you are wanting to watch cricket in London that is) so I didn’t think there would be many test matches held at the venue but cricket has exceeded for over 100 years.

So on the first day, I was feeling excited about going and I was relieved than anything to have some time to relax and put the pressures of work aside.

When I got to The Oval, I think I arrived on the dot at 11 so I had to rush to my seat. If you saw my previous article of my visit to Lord’s, I was a bit cautious on going to a cricket match.

One of them was that i was concerned someone had already taken my seat and the feeling of getting sun burnt AGAIN. I didn’t actually mind where I was sitting, I wanted a straight on view of the pitch rather than a side on view and be close up in each of the two days with opposite views. On the first day, I was by the OCS stand so to me it felt further away than the opposite side. I certainly felt that it was a bit quieter which was ok.

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Some of the drawbacks I experienced was that I was concerning on the game too much with my eyes so in one of the pics that was taken of me on the day looked like I had a black eye which wasn’t great. I also wasn’t familiar to what to expect in a day of a test match, I knew it would last a day but it felt a long day, here is like the times:

11am – 1pm (first session)

1:45 to 4pm (second session)

4:15 to 7pm (third session)

In total that is roughly seven hours of play to watch in a day. For me it felt mentally draining to actually watch all of it. What I didn’t do on the first day was have a proper meal. I only brought about two breakfast bars which wasn’t a lot so that is one thing I specific learnt, always come prepared.

One unexpected surprise was meeting my cousin and uncle at the game, I was happy to see them both at the game and thank them both for their¬†hospitality they showed. If it is the only time I’ll see friends or family at a cricket match then at least it will go down as a memory to savor.

Disappointedly, the rain came down during the latter end of the day so some of the play was stopped. When the play was suspended, I took my mind off the match and spent some time walking through the ground, it wasn’t an ideal experience going through the crowd but I wanted to explore the different parts of the ground in the mean time. By the time it was close of play, the rain poured down very heavily, I was glad when I got out of there when I did but there was also people rushing out as well going to the nearest tube station as it was around the time people would get travel home from work as well so that wasn’t ideal either.

The things I took away from the first day were:

  1. The opportunity to see FAMILY,  Family is SPECIAL MOMENT IN TIME (SMIT lol)
  2. The second thing, I needed to remember to put suncream on for the day after
  3. Remember to prepare a packed lunch
  4. Listen to the cricket commentary to entertain myself with
  5. Bring loads of water

Part 2 will be up shortly

Taster at Lords

Taster at Lords

 

In this blog, I am going to be writing about my experience of watching a cricket match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

I was excited that I got a ticket to go to Lord’s to watch a ODI game between England against Ireland, it felt like getting a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

I gained a ticket from entering a successful ballot draw.

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I felt like there was no other cricket arena suitable apart from Lord’s as it is a nearby cricket venue. The match itself felt meaningful to me to go and watch because I have a story between those two teams, I am English myself so I was rooting for England in a lot of ways but on the other end of the dice there was Ireland, my mother comes from Ireland originally so I was half rooting for Ireland to do well.

I was seated at ground level directly where the Mound stand is, just by the cover area which is South west direction of the pitch.

When I first sat in my seat, I watched some of the England team train at the end I was at the ground, I recognised Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett. I tried to look at where the coin toss was but I couldn’t see where they were as either they were too far away from me or where I was seating I couldn’t see them through the people on the field.

By the time England finished their batting, it was time for an innings break so in this time, I walked outside the grounds of Lord’s, I liked going through different parts of the ground, the only thing that was in my mindset was learning about the history about the game so I went to the Museum and I enjoyed my time and learning about the history of cricket.

By the time I came back from lunch, some of the people had taken my seat so I felt like I was forced to sit somewhere else. At this time, it did feel uncomfortable about where I was sitting as I was on my own and felt like I just had to take an empty seat so I did feel it was unfair.

I didn’t stay for the full match, I was there until about an hour before it finished because I knew England were going to beat Ireland at that point in time so there wasn’t a real reason why I would have stayed anyway.

The downsides of going to Lord’s which was that I underestimated the weather, it does sound obvious if it’s about the rain but haha it was about how warm it was. I didn’t put any suncream on beforehand because I was anticipating that it was going to be cold and chilly. By the end of it, my face went to bright red so I didn’t look great to go to work the next day.

Although I had a good view of the match, I didn’t feel as though I enjoyed it so much, I feel because there was people talking at either side, I didn’t enjoy the noise and the atmosphere.

Through the experience, at least I was glad to get the opportunity to go to Lords and sit through a match day. I’ve been there and done what I achieved to do.

Aims of 2017

Aims of 2017

Hello folks.

You may have seen my bucket list already.

It is a crazy list but one way or another I hope to complete what I set out to do in the long-term.

Now, that brings me onto what I have set out to do this. I’m probably may or may not achieve these aims but all these aims is what I have in mind for 2017.

  1. Become and Stay Loyal To My Job

I am very thankful to have a secure job at last. I’m going to commit a whole year to this job without thinking about applying for full-time jobs. I’m going to show everyone at the company that I’m not a one trick pony¬†and ¬†I can remain loyal and that has a wide range of skills to offer. I am overly ambitious so let’s see what promotion opportunities the company has on offer. Already, I have completed three¬†months that I’ve been in the job and I’ve not been dissatisfied.

2.  Learn and Develop my Knowledge on Foreign languages

I have already started Italian. Ciao! I want to be able to learn some more Italian and build my knowledge on that. I just love the language. As well as that, learning French is also a MUST and German is good for its criteria, Swedish would be a bonus.

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3.  Build on my own Self-Confidence

A friend on Facebook suggested for me a while ago to get therapy help. I was quite fond of the idea at first but I was building on my own confidence so I’m glad now that I am not following up on that idea as I don’t feel that is the right help I need. At the end of last year, although I started a new job and quite pleased on getting paid. I still wasn’t having much confidence in myself.¬†Slowly but surely I am hoping to build up my self-confidence. I can maybe set high expectations upon myself but if you haven’t got any expectations or targets then upon that there is no motivation. Without motivation then what is the fulfilment of life? I am what I am but some of the things I need to do is somehow remove negatively that is surrounding me, be better prepared and just accept there are failures and I need to somehow correct those faults.

4. ¬† ¬† Opportunity to watch a day’s play¬†at Lord’s

One of my biggest interests is Cricket. Having loved cricket from an early age and an enthusiast of the sport it would be a dream to go to the Home of Cricket and be able to watch a Test Match. I have already signed up to the Lord’s ballot this year and¬†got tickets to watch England against Ireland in a ODI and England against the West Indies on Day One of a test match. I have brought tickets for the first four days.¬†It’s on my bucket list so I’m glad I got one objective complete from the bucket list.

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5.     Go travelling

This is by far one of the most ambitious aim in mind because I need to do this at some point and I never travelled anywhere really nice so it will make a change I suppose.

I have written down a shortlist of places I want to visit. It’s more of a Bucket list to be honest lol. If anyone wants to accompany me then¬†feel free to contact me.

I doubt that this would be achieved but I know that the England Cricket Team are going to play at Australia at the end of the year and I can’t really resist much temptation of going to Australia and experience it firsthand. It’s not the idea of watching the test match that interests me but “ME IN AUSTRALIA, THAT’S EPIC”. Not only just being in Australia sounds good to me but to spend¬†Christmas and New Year in Australia, that’s something you don’t expect. If you told me that a year ago, I would have said you were crazy.

There is a song I like very much like called “Live While We’re Alive” by M√•ns Zelmerl√∂w and that is basically what I want my life to be, making the most of the opportunities that we have in life.¬†Before I can do any of that, I need to find a partner or mates to accompany me to Australia before I can plan any plane or hotel bookings. I’ve already registered my interest on a site called Travel Buddies and LonelyPlanet so I want to make this wild dream to be a reality. As I am writing this, I found some England Oversee Tour websites which will enable me to¬†travel¬†with fellow cricket lovers.

6.      Search for Romance or Love

One of the ways that I can feel better about myself is finding someone who is willing or wanting to give me a chance as I would if I was giving someone else the same opportunity. I have found dating/romance as a bigger struggle then finding a job which is quite frustrating. Having said that, there is a rare gem lurking out somewhere. This is my time now to reach out.

This time last year, I took a chance by travelling to Dublin, it wasn’t the outcome that I would have wanted but the experience¬†is only to make me stronger and I’m going to learn to expect the unexpected.

To feel better about myself or one of the main ways of improving my self-confidence is by searching and seeking.

I’ve visually observed people’s futures when they stay single for a long time and I can’t see it being enjoyable, pleasant for them. I truly feel it’s dull and a shell of themselves if they haven’t found the right person.

I want to improve my life for not being single.

I don’t really know who might come along but¬†I want to be inspired by my partner to be independent, ambitious, be adventurous and many other things that can come along with those qualities otherwise it’s going to be a struggle.

7. Try and Take Better Care Of My Teeth

I brought a new toothbrush for Christmas last year, the OralB 9000. I am wanting to make sufficient changes to my lifestyle including¬†to avoid junk food as much as possible and fizzy drinks. I am wanting to prevent gum disease, avoid bad breath and limit the amount of mints I take as possible. I can’t say it’s not been too bad. I am only taking one mint per day at least and clean my teeth both morning and evening on various settings of my toothbrush. But I know that this is a long-term thing which is not something I’m proud of as an Aim.

 

If you have any aims of your own, feel free to share your own !!!!

Living with Autism

Living with Autism

Hello everyone.

Welcome to my latest blog.

I won’t give too much away but this is just¬†me welcoming you in through the door to my world.

Today, I am going to be talking about living with autism.

Feel free to share this with friends, family or people you know who have autism.

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I haven’t heard the term of Autism till about three years ago at least. I vaguely remember when I even heard of the word and I wasn’t frank or consider what it meant.

The term Autism itself is also known as Asperger’s syndrome.

Some of us in our lifetime will have encountered autistic people whether it was their attention or not. All I can say is, I know an autistic person when I see one but often it is hard to try to identify those of a majority because it is hidden away somewhere.

Maybe not all of autistic people are normal but have special talents that shines through from making a difference. As an autistic person myself, I want to be remembered through breaking barriers, overcoming adversity, be a positive role model and not be ashamed about who they are or aspire to be.

I don’t normally make it public to say that I am autistic. Ok I’m making it public knowledge now on this blog but I don’t really go and make it an everyday conversation. It is something that I have often been sensitive and worried about because often I can see¬†it can give out not the right impression. But then again, I have felt that I shouldn’t have to tell everyone everything about me so that people can read me like a book.

When I was filling in job applications, in the majority of the time I didn’t put down that I had a disability. On my dating profiles, I want to be perceived as a normal human being finding the 1. That is why I feel it is a sensitive issue because if I told people who I was the A word, I kind of worry that they would get the wrong end of the stick or leave me¬†and find someone¬†else.

But at one time, I remember going to a job interview in London near the West End and the interviewer (assuming it was the Manager) knew I was autistic¬†without mentioning the word autistic. At the end of the interview, he lend me ¬£5 for lunch, that is probably only time I have ever been offered cash or money in an interview, it was a humbling experience for me and I very much appreciated the gesture. A family member who has a child who is autistic knew of my condition and recommended me for my first permanent job for which I wouldn’t have gotten if it wasn’t for her so I’m truly thankful for those who have empathy because life isn’t easy. If there was a recruitment agency for autistic people setup, it would make my day to see how much it would mean to each individual because I believe autistic¬†should be given a chance to succeed. Although, I seen on documentaries that autistic people get welcome news of entering¬†a new house or a new job, I can see it means a lot to them because it is life changing and a memory that will last a lifetime.

I very much like those scenarios quite a lot because those are people who truly understand what autistic through in life.

Life hasn’t been simple or normal for me whatsoever or in other words it hasn’t been bittersweet.¬†In¬†one instance, I was not allowed into a traffic light party on my 20th birthday because the bouncer thought I was drunk due to my speech. I later got an apology and a refund from that but since then I have not wanted to go clubbing or nights out because the¬†experience has given me bad memories ūüė¶

Although I interact with people at work, I found it hard to¬†form friendships outside of work, I don’t really have any best mates at the moment but I’m sure things will change for the better. It is important to remain hopeful.

I¬†have empathy¬†what autistic people are like and I also have emotional feelings when I see them on film or colour. I know what struggles they¬†go through and it hurts me because there are people who are fortunate (like myself) who are earning a living and those that aren’t and can’t help it.

When I do reveal to people that I am autistic like I am doing now, I am sincere or genuine because it is true to myself.

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First Date in Lincoln Inn Fields

First Date in Lincoln Inn Fields

Hello folks.

Following on my previous post on my experience at the Hunterian Museum, I’m here to write about my recent dating experience which occurred on Saturday 28th January 2017.

Initially, I’ve only been on one informal date beforehand when I travelled to meet a girl in Dublin but I don’t look at¬†these things a date because it feels pressurising.

On my initial second informal date (if you want to call it that), I met a girl on Match, got chatting and agreed to meet in person. We would first meet in the Fields Cafe in Holborn and go to a museum afterwards (turned out to be a bad idea in the end). Beforehand, I was quite excited to meet the person, had some shared interests. It didn’t bother me in the first place that the distance was longer than expected. After all, I wouldn’t turned down the invitation in the first place.

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We sat down in the cafe it didn’t go down too badly, I just feel I was engaged in the conversations and I didn’t feel she was making too much of an effort, I found her to be quite shy and I¬†didn’t feel I had learnt much from her in terms of personality. She does remind me of her in some ways, I can be quite quiet and unassuming in group conversations but I try to excel in individual conversations. We then went to the Museum together but we didn’t initially speak much once we were there, we went off in different parts of the museum. A museum to me is a school of learning so I wanted to be at ease and wander around independently¬†and I hoped that by the end of it that we would then meet up and discuss what we liked about our visit or the day in general but that wasn’t what it turned out to be.

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After an hour and half or so, I received a text from her saying she had to go to support her sister because her sister’s boyfriend was having a row. I had sympathy from reading the text but I felt it would be conducted¬†more genuinely.¬†I didn’t find her story of leaving me in the museum alone to be¬†a good sign of acknowledgement. Perhaps if she had made an effort to find me in person then I would symphasise with her in that way but I felt she took the easy way out and didn’t acknowledge my presence on the day which I took it as a sign of¬†disrespect and it hurt my feelings. Perhaps from an¬†historian’s point of view, you could say she was being clever. She hadn’t mentioned to me about family relatives beforehand so it could only be made as an assumption.

When I meet with her in the cafe, I didn’t feel that we had much chemistry or I didn’t feel that I learnt anything greatly or dramatically despite sharing things in common¬†before our visit. I’m looking beyond that, I’m not really looking for someone who comes from a history or art background or someone who is¬†mainly interested in history and museums or solely into sports. What I am looking for is someone that shares interests in all or any of those but someone who is beautiful, enthusiastic, intelligently minded, adventurous, brave, ambitious, ¬†compassionate and doesn’t mind taking risks. I didn’t feel that I missed her at all or felt anything.

I left her texts wishing that her sister was ok and wished her a good weekend. By the time I got home on Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon, I didn’t receive any texts from her so I don’t feel she cared whether I got home ok and how the date went so it was a shame really.

The next day after meeting her, it was my decision to text her to say I wasn’t wanting to be in a relationship with her and wished her good luck. I was being brave and¬†called her twice beforehand but went to answer phone.

I don’t have regrets about the¬†actions or choices I took. I didn’t feel that the day was a mistake but a great shame that it wasn’t to be. ¬†I just believe the decision of going to a museum on an informal date wasn’t the best, more of a disaster really as it isn’t really that of an activity that you can engage very well.

I may have been convinced by her story that she needed to support her sister but truthfully, I just believed she only did just as an excuse of an easy way out. I just don’t like the thought of a date wanting to leave me be. What would happen if both me and her was on holiday to somewhere and she had to go off back to London without me and left me stranded¬†without realising the risks and consequence of this? How would you feel if this happened to you?

Some of the days have passed now and I’m disappointed¬†about giving the rejection, I’ll¬†contact her¬†in the near future and hope¬†she is alright and ok. I just care about those I’ve hurt. It is not nice as it has happened to me once before and it took me a while to recover from it all. I’m not banking on a response but it’s worth a try I suppose. Never say Never.

What this experience has told me, I’m only 26 and going on dates has been hard to come by so I relish these opportunities to meet people on special occasions. I’m just waiting for the right girl or special person¬†to come into my life at the right time and who knows, it may lead onto something serious or just a flash from the past. Who knows.

Thank you for reading my post and leave you comments below.

My visit to the Hunterian Museum

My visit to the Hunterian Museum

Hey folks !!!!

In this blog, I am going to be talking about my visit to the Hunterian Museum in the West End of London.

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I initially went to the Museum as an informal date. More on that in my next post. Initially I liked the experience of going but I think my date stood me up lol. I shouldn’t laugh about it to be honest because it is a hurtful thing to do to lie to someone but I guess it is¬†for the best because the person has no regard of my feelings and their mind is made up.

So anyway, back to the subject.

Before the visit, I hadn’t known what to expect or know anything about the Museum so I was prepared for anything.

Once I went in there, there was some interesting exhibits/objects. The first thing that drew me was looking at some animal body parts in clear jars, hmm. I was left speechless, I had no words to describe that.

The things that were of great interest was learning about gigantism because it is something I can sympathise or relate to. When I think about the word gigantism, there is one man who springs to mind which is the wrestler and actor Andre the Giant. Although Andre was around before my time, I followed his career through looking at videos and a documentary on YouTube. Andre for me was a gentle giant and an inspiration in life. What I respect about Andre is that he led life to the fullest, he was larger than life which meant the spotlight was on him both on and off the screen at the whole time. It is tough to deal with as well as various basic things like sitting on a chair, providing food and drink, buying shoes and clothes, sitting on an airplane as well as sitting down in a car. I would have liked to have met Andre and put my hand to his hand and compare the difference.

On show at the Museum was the skeleton of the “Irish Giant” called Charles Byrne. I thought it was a spectacle . The femur or the upper part of the leg reached my shoulders and I am about 6 ft 1.

On the top floor, there were some disturbing images of plastic surgery which I couldn’t look at, faces looked horrible. There are cases where people get there face eaten off, for instance, I don’t know how I found it but there was a case where a monkey ate off a human face, it’s SICK, look it up on Google.¬†But the story I read about in the Museum was a face got ruined by a¬†dynamite explosion. The less said the better. What I also found disturbing were graphic videos of operations on the TV screen shown at the Museum, I’m just glad that I didn’t choose to have a career path of a Doctor or Surgeon because I couldn’t watch the tv screen let alone someone’s leg or shoulder being opened up.

 

One particular object that I thought was unique was a copy of Issac Newton’s death mask. I didn’t expect that to be exhibited at the Museum.

I said to my date during the visit that there should have been a painting of a Napoleon Bonaparte in with the group of small people. There were two paintings of dwarfs, one Irish and one Italian. There was a painting as well of a small titled person from Poland,

A portrait of a Yak, Kangaroos  was so random. I like the idea of yaks for some reason, particularly when I was at university when the Himalayas was brought up. Meanwhile,  a painting of kangaroos was not what I was expecting particularly as kangaroos came from Australia so given that before the 20th century it would take almost forever to get to Australia by boat so the painting was unique and rare.

Overall, the whole experience of visiting the Museum was very enjoyable despite my date leaving me half-way through. It was exceptionally interesting and enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the medical profession.

Hope you found this blog informative. Let me know what you think below !!!