Today we woke and had our breakfast at the hostel, which was surprisingly good. The ten of us in our group hopped on the tube, which is quite an adventure at rush hour. The pushing and cramming on the central line left a few of the guys saying they would never again complain about car insurance payments. I told them about the tokyo subway and how they have officials on the platforms whose only job is to physically push people into the train so that the doors can close, packed like sardines. We made it to The Prince’s Foundation a little late, due to a closure of the tube station we were supposed to stop at. When we arrived, Noel Isherwood gave us a brief lecture on Poundbury, a town on the outskirts of Dorchester that has been designed and built using urban planning techniques that are decidely anit-suburban. The idea is to go back to the old model of a small city in which all major necessities can be reached by a maximum fifteen minute walk. The building practices used all sustainable construction, meaning the buildings are built with stone and brick and other materials, which will actually last for centuries, rather than for just decades. It was interesting to see such a grand-idealed project that has actually been brought to fruition. More info on Poundbury can be seen here. We did a lot of walking today, and I have a feeling we’ll do a lot more tomorrow when we go to Oxford. When we got back to London, a few of us did treat ourselves to a nice meal of Indian food on Brick Lane near my old neighborhood in East London, the stomping ground of Jack the Ripper. Seeing all the “Jack” tours reminded me of the Ghost Tours of the French Quarter. Boo.