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Pictures taken during June 2018

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The international terminal at BWI
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I've got my passport and I'm ready to go
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Got my seat
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It's London!
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It's a pub!
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Topaz is ready for a beer after a day of travel
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Grabbing a drink at the pub with Uncle Stephen, Aunt Dani, and Topaz!
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Uncle Stephen looks super excited
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The staircase at Stephen and Dani's flat was pretty cool
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Uncle Stephen playing a little guitar to wind down
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I was impressed!
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I should probably play more piano
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Stephen and his guitar
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Topaz enjoyed the music and chilled out
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Aunt Dani waters the flowers
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Playing some Celeste!
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Nice quiet street
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Is this even a street? An alley?
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What do you call these, row houses?
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Nice looking roads
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Fancy building
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Selfie in a selfie!
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The cars are on the wrong side of the road!
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Topaz is in charge of navigation cause his signal is better
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Looks like London, I guess
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We'll come back ehre for lunch
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So many chimneys
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Hey they have a replica of Goddard's rocket!
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The business end of a Black Arrow rocket from the British space program
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A V2 engine
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I think this is an RL-10 engine
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This is a pretty half-hearted recreation of the lunar space suit.
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Gemini model!
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The zero-g adapter for a coke can
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Looking up at the LM door
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Hey I know that plaque
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Captain payload!
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Nice LM. Seems a little small though
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Neat, an ion engine
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This mask was somehow used in an x-ray telescope
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Meanwhile, at Tony's house..
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Ugh, the worst picnic
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Topaz's collection
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Don't drill a hole in your head
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Topaz with one of Babbage's difference engines!
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Output comes from here?
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Neat printer
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This calculator must have blown people away at the time. It makes me excited to see what my devices look like in 30-40 years
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I forget what this does. Some sort of calculator, I think
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This is a neat room
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Someone should've consulted with the PR department first
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Cool clock
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Imagine maintaining this..
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Better than the alternative
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Topaz was way into the computer displays
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Stolen from Jeff's house?
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Tons of little cards!
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Mining bitcoin?
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So many wires
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I feel like this UI could be improved
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Old timey math books
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Big manifold on the ceiling
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It's crazy how back in the day a lot of stuff had to be dedicated hardware
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I love that this is in a museum
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Holy crap it's a cybiko!!! I never could get these to work very well
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An Apple Newton. I've never seen one in person
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I think Omar uses this computer for Overwatch
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This is Tim Berners-Lee's computer! He used it to create the World Wide Web! It's the first ever web server
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More details about the WWW and Berners-Lee's computer
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Such a humble little box
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Every nerd who's set up a web server is familiar with this sticker
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This keyboard created the web!
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Topaz had to get a photo with it
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One of the first ever computer mice
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Product of the year!
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The Altair! This is what Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs started on before Apple
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Vic's new AMV server
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Autoproducts prototype
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Giant error message, with Topaz for scale
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Early GPS receiver
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I didn't realize atomic clocks could be so small!
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Some sort of earth observation spacecraft
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Radial engine
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Engine, APU, engine
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747 slice!
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It's tall
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It's Charlie Brown! The Apollo 10 Command Module
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Flown to the moon and back by Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan, and John Young
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The recovery hardware
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More shots of Charlie Brown
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RCS thrusters
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I think the parachutes come out of these tubes
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Crunchy heat shield
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Lots of holes were drilled for analysis
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This heat shield has seen some things
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Busting out the wide angle
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I want to touch it!
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One can never have enough photos of Apollo hardware
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It's too bad they lose the shiny exterior during entry
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Of course, I got my photo with it
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Topaz helped take some other group photos
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Peeking inside at the controls
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I'm not sure who sat in the middle but this is his headrest
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Bundles of wires
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Hey cool, a Cray-1!
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So many cables
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So many rivets!
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Hey remember Apollo 10?
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This V2 wouldn't fit in the room
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A model of BepiColombo, the ESA's upcoming Mercury mission
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Watson and Crick's actual DNA model!! It's a shame the plaque didn't mention Rosalind Franklin..
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Babbage's Differential Engine Number 1!
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Closeup on Babbage's engine
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Model of the Huygens probe that landed on Titan
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Topaz got some silicon! Time to get to work on a CPU
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Funky mirror
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Hey I know that name
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Elaborate windows
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That's a good looking beer
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Nice pub! The chairs could be better
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Proper fish and chips in London
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We are here
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I've got to see that
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Neat flower
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Strange dog statue
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This squirrel came right up to me!
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Wandering around Kensington Gardens
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A statue of Queen Victoria in front of the building where she was born
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Everyone loves ducks!
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Ducks! And baby ducks! Or geese or something, whatever
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The physical energy statue. Neat
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Dogs kept finding Topaz
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He's got a ball
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Well aren't you shiny
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Elaborate statues
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I've heard of Albert Hall!
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Nice statues
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Hey it's Albert
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Shops and stuff
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Back on that alley
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Another pub
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Want beer?
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The outside of that pub
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The pub pug??
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Good place
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Twilight in London
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Traffic is backwards!
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Think they'd give me a test drive?
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I think this is the first pub we stayed at, the other day
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British fire truck
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Can you imagine working in this tiny little booth?
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Heading down to the underground
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Riding the Underground
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Hey it's the Shard
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I was grateful for these signs reminding people who aren't used to drive-on-the-left countries
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Hey we made it!
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It's the Tower of London!
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And some sort of crazy glass egg!
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Weird chairs
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Those are some deep windows
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Got my ticket
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Slush Puppie!!
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Don't worry, the stone lions are very slow
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I think this is a moat
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Well that's a tower, is the the towel?
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This stuff is old
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The Shard feels even more modern when in the Tower of London
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Waiting for our tour
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Topaz is ready for the tour to start
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Our Yeoman tourguide was something else
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Talking about the history of the tower
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Our tour group
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Piling in
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"And if you look over there.. it's more really old stuff"
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That's a lot of people per group
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Crown Jewels, neat. Also, "way out" instead of "exit" is strange
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Listening to our Beefeater guide
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Don't hang out in Bloody Tower
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Old rocks
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Topaz is learning
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Cool archways
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Old crumbly walls
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The White Tower. This apparently counted as a tower back in the day
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Site of the old gate
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Big raven
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Lots of old buildings
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I wasn't listening all that closely, but they may have said the Queen stayed or stays in one of these houses? I don't know. There are guards though
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Big clock
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Our guide liked to punctuate sentences with sudden unexpected yelling. It kept us on our toes
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Modern guards
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Fancy gun
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This would fit in on a Minecraft server
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It's that old crumbly wall again
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Weird swoopy fence
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The ravens!
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Another angle on the White Tower
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Old alley
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Booooo, no photos allowed. I assume it's because they don't want people lingering but I can shoot and move!
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Old land new
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Looking out into the modern world
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I probably should have written down who wore all this armor but whatever
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Chunky dude
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Lots of armor
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Fancy gloves
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I think it was the pole that killed him
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This horse is FREAKING OUT
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Can you imagine the pinches you'd get wearing this?
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Saber from Fate would be a fan
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Old timey books
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The king's private church
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I think this is that book from Gummi Bears
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Oh no, sea ponies!
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Topaz and the original blockchain
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Old timey guns
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This isn't even that old! It's just a fancy gun!
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Narrow hallways
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Scale model of the compound
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Ye Olde Kinect
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More old/new. That's a weird building
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I think this was to represent people who were executed here?
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I wonder how much longer this wall can last
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Wandering around between the walls
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I think these windows are set up to be able to shoot out of without getting shot
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Inside the walls
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A recreation of some king's bedroom
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Narrow staircases
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Big door
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Fancy king
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More fancy ceilings
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I've heard dubious things about the structural integrity of this bridge
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Wide angle shots are handy for getting a lot of the compound all at once
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Don't use this on an iPad
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Chess has been popular for a while
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Well, tour's complete and we're back outisde!
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Topaz and I had fun at the Tower of London!
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She's stealing Big Ben!!!
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London Bridge!
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Black taxis
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Another one of the pubs we checked out. This one had a lot of businessmen in it
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James probably wants to live here
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Lots of words
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We made it! Don't falll down
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Seems fine
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Just another day in London
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London's good for "old and new" shots
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Old church
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The spaces here are so strange! The buildings are so crowded!
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Origin of the phrase "the Clink"
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Cool lighting and street art
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The latest in our pub crawl
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Topaz got some expensive scotch
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It's the Underground!
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That gap I keep hearing about
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Mel's sister is doing alright
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What'd you call me?
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The pub near Stephen and Dani's place. We stopped in here a few times
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Inside the Drayton Arms
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Nice clean subway
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Churchill looks like a real grump
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British Parliament
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Tall towers
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Westminster Abbey
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Hey Topaz, where are we?
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Hey Cromwell, I know that guy
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Is that an MP5? I have an airsoft version of one of those!
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Intricate building
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More of Westminster Abbey
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Anti-Brexit protests
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Richard Coeur de Lion. But I thought it was Monty Python's King Arthur at first
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I wonder if anyone's ever tried to climb this
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No nothing!
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Nice shot of Parliament and Big Ben from the bridge
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The London Eye
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Big Ben looking good, even with the scaffolding
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I love Mr. Pancake!
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Tourist crap
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Shrek's Adventure?
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The London Eye is big
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What happened to the old one?
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This is an intense sculpture
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Looking out over the Thames
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How old is this camera?
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Horse Guards??
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This is a better ping pong table than we have at work
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We were hoping that Cards Galore was a nerd shop but it's not
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Mind your head and mind the gap
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American Candy!
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Cool graffiti
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Bootleg NASA
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Fun way to spend the afternoon
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More cool building art
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Camden Market
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Seems to me like Times Square with a different accent
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Looking down the street
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The Cyberdog lobby
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Heading downstairs
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The music is exactly what you think it is
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The Stables Market
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Outside Cyberdog
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This is a cool idea. Sort of inside, sort of outside
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More tourist crap. But at least it's Japanese tourist crap
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Holy crap, they meant it
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Looking around the market
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Nerd watches. Hunger games, Harry Potter..
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These fancy donuts were not good
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One of those classic double decker buses
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Crypto ads on the underground
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Going back up to the surface
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Eww, gross
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LEGO undergroudn?
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Wow, full scale train car
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Apparently you can only buy these here
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The building is secretly made of LEGOs?
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This doofus was taking photos with his iPad
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This reminds me of Times Square
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Wait, what?
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No comment
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Quiet little neighborhood
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The Mayflower! This pub existed when the Mayflower left for the new world
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See? You could see the Mayflower from its windows
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It feels old in here
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The Mayflower's bar
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Old style ales
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I'm really happy with how this shot came out. Right next to the back porch of The Mayflower
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One more shot in The Mayflower on our way out
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More historical information about The Mayflower
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Outside The Mayflower
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Topaz wouldn't get on this for a photo
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Wait, what??
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Thanks for the warning
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Sounds like a party
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Woogedy lines
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I have never seen a sulphur hexafluoride warning sign before
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Our last destination for today: The Prospect of Whitby
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This was the oldest pub we could find in London. It was in business before the first permanent European settlements in North America
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Inside The Prospect of Whitby
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Ominous view out our window. People were actually hanged here back in the day
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The view from our table
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Topaz is really into this place
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The Cyberdog bag seems out of place
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The walls need some work
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Our amazing dinner. Classic fish and chips and Guinness
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Topaz talking to Kate
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One more shot of the bar on the way out
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The Prospect of Whitby!
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Someone forgot to log in to the train
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The entrance/exit to the subways
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That's one hell of a gap to mind!
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Cabling on the Underground wall
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Unwinding with a little FTL
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That sounds expensive
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Neat statue
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You're going to have to be a little less obvious
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These candy names are ridiculous
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As are these
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Some European candy
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I love toffee! Percy Pig was alright
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That's one way to generate business
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They're gonna get the clamps!!
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Percy Pig
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What.. does that even mean?
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I swung through the Science Museum again. Nice LM
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The V2 is hilarious
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Charlie Brown again! Apollo 10 was a cool mission
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I found a moon rock!
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And here it is
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How is this difference than British dry cleaning?
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Neat pumps
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Aero was pretty good
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Cool sake thing at Stephen and Dani's flat
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I left this crane at the Drayton Arms
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But we're nowhere near Chernobyl!
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Inside the expensive sushi place
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Topaz checks out the menu
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I liked the seating pits. But I made sure to get one with a back
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Topaz taking sneaky photos of the sushi chefs
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I'm ready for sushi
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Classy sake
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Topaz likes sake
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Sake is good
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Now that is a sushi spread
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Delicious. Pricey, but delicious
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We ate too many of these camembert bread things
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That's a big eagle
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Seats for scale
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The current ambassador
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And one of the first!
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The building is brand new
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Giant artwork
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I like the texture
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I already forget who this guy is. I think the current ambassador
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Uncle Stephen showing us around
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George Washington!
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Lots of ambassadors
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Old paintings
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This place feels so empty. It's like they haven't figured out what to do with it yet
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Closeup on the art wall
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Topaz's badge
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Onwards to the Health Unit!
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Uncle Stephen's office!
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The view from the office. Inside the sails!
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The sails are a cool view
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A dubious artifact.. Pretty cool to get a message actually signed by the president, not an auto-pen. Too bad it's this president.
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The view of London from the embassy
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Exclusive bar
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Cool tower
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Different parts of the embassy are themed after different parts of America. This is the desert area.
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Holy crap, flown patches!
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A bunch of flown patches!
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A flag flown on STS-51-I, and signed by Joe Engle!
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Charlie Bolden was on this flight and he went on to become the NASA Administrator
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Cool decorations
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Whoa. This place is serious
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Awkward blank spot where former Secretary of State Tillerson used to be
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The embassy sure is a striking building
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Checking out the exterior
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The sails outside the embassy
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Cool looking map
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The sailless side
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Waterfall. It's literally a moat
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Sneaky security features hidden in the bushes
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Lots of new construction in this area, in response to the embassy
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Looking between the building and the sails
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This pub stunk
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Comfy looking chairs
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The bar
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Fancy lemon holder
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Formula 1!
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Welcome to London
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Uncle Stephen has become a scotch nerd
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He walked us through the different varieties
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Neat bird
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Old scotch
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Uncle Stephen's having a good time
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Topaz is also a scotch nerd
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I think this was called the "legs", the streaks down the side
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Uncle Stephen takes a sip
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Good looking drink
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Cooking up dinner
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I biffed up the pour a little
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PEDOLPHIA. There was originally some question about like.. "what's the worst thing" and Aunt Dani made a pretty great typo
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A typo that came back again and again for the rest of the night. Good one, Dani
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Topaz found some sushi in the airport
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If you insist
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This is one hell of a duty free shop
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How we got to Reykjavik
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Topaz seems unsure about this bus
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Neat looking airport
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This place looks like Mars! I love the truck and its dust trail
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Nice little house
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The only style I know
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I only want HappyCars
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The view from our hotel room. Very cool
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We asked for a room with two beds and they gave us a way bigger room for free
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Now you can work and hide in the curtains at the same time
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Icelandic Engrish!
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Bright colors are a must around here
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What'd you call me?
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Walking in to Reykjavik
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Hmm.. not the Monaco I know
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This is where most of the action in Reykjavik, and really in Iceland, is
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Topaz needed a hat and was having fun
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Getting near the water
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This is one sturdy food shack. I hear these hot dogs are great
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More shops
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This is it!
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Whoa. Calm down, uncle
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No Taakos in the Chicken Zone
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I appreciate the "please pay here" sign
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This Viking beer was fantastic. I can't find it anywhere!
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Lots of people out and about
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We didn't check out this video game museum but it looked cool
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Nice art!
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I took a picture of that church everyone takes a picture of
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Angry seals
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This milk dude is so weird
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As we all hope to be
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That hockey powder the Giant Bomb guys hate!
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Our hotel
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