21 January, 2011

S11 Scavenger Hunt #1: Rules, Regulations and Routemasters

This is the first installment of the Spring 2011 Scavenger Hunt!  Throughout the term Elsie will post things for you to find.  This is just for fun and a different way to get out and see London.  This term Elsie has decided to theme the hunt.  It will have to do with transportation.  As the deadline for entries will not be until the end of the semester, take your time and keep your eyes peeled.  In no particular order, here are some guidelines for the hunt:
  • All entries must be submitted in photo form.
  • The back of the photo must have the location it was taken and the entrant's ID# (don't put your name on them).
  • All entries from an entrant must be submitted at the same time.
  • All entries are subjective and will be judged by Elsie on the degree of immersion that they represent.
  • Unless stated otherwise, all entries must be photographed within the UK.
  • Please make sure you have permission to photograph your entries.
  • You don't necessarily need to submit entries for every object in the hunt.  It's quality that's important.
  • Teaming up with a partner (no more than 2 working together) is allowed, or you can go it alone.
  • The entrant must appear in at least 5 photos, showing them interacting with the objects that they have found.
Your first mission, should you choose to accept:
London has an amazing history, both ancient and modern.  The Routemaster bus was produced for London Transport in the 1950's and 60's, but was taken off the road in 2005.  This classic design allowed passengers to hop on and off the bus from the opening at the back and was a double-decker.  It was operated by 2 transport personnel, the driver at the front, isolated from the passengers, and the ticket checker in the back.  Often, if you pick up a souvenir model of a bus, this is the one you find.  These days there are plans for a new, modern Routemaster that is more energy efficient, but they haven't been put into action yet.  For now, the route of the number 9 bus is partially operated with the old Routemasters as a Heritage Route.  Now that you have all mastered using your Oyster cards, try out one of the old Routemasters and get a photo from it.

Your second mission:
I'm sure by now you have found some really breathtaking views of London.  It's different from American cities where much of the skyline is often made up of skyscrapers.  London gives the impression of being much more wide than tall.  There are some exceptions, such as Canary Wharf and the Gherkin, but for the most part, London sprawls to the north, south, east and west.  Walk up to the top of Primrose Hill to look across Greater London, or go to Greenwich Park to take in the City.  Or hop a train to Richmond and look at St. Paul's.  Yes, I mean St. Paul's Cathedral in The City of London.  You need to find the right break in the trees in Richmond Park at King Henry's Mound.  The only stipulation for this one is that your or your teammate must appear in the photo (there are a lot of images of this view on Google, so no cheating).

Good luck!
-Elsie

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