It continues. I have done so much exploring, getting lost, and learning (without even stepping into one classroom). London is a very interesting town. The Thames is impressive. The architecture is beautiful (both old and modern). So far I think I've explored only one tenth of London. It is all a little overwhelming. I've stuck only to the Thames and ventured up to The Strand and LSE (which is right off The Strand). I went to the store yesterday (got lost about eight times) and got the essentials.
I also go a mobile (which is essential). I signed up for a pay as you go (PAYG) plan. This is quite odd. PAYG is more popular here that in the States. You can "top-up" your balance at nearly every convenience store. You are supplied with a card similar to a credit card. After requesting how much you want, you present your card which is swiped. Your phone number is pulled off the card, the balance is added to the network, and you pay your money like normal. It's a very sophisticated system. The kicker, you ask? I didn't choose my service through vodaphone, virginMobile, or even Tmobile (or O2 or Orange, i could go on). I went with Tesco. You ask yourself, "Self, why does Tesco sound so familiar? Oh yeah, that's where I got my groceries from last night to cook my dinner." From what I can tell, the equivalent would be if Alberson's, Costco or Safeway were to offer cell phone service. Cah-razy!
As for the phone itself, it is exclusively available only in the UK. It is part of the joinRED project. There is an effort right now encouraging retailers to design consumer good to raise awareness of global AIDS, specifically in Africa. Each portion on each item sold goes to AIDS relief and research. In addition, with every phone call I make, a portion of my tarriff is donated to the same fund. It is a rather groundbreaking and I can't wait to see what develops.