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Sarah is a junior majoring in journalism and art history in Meadows School of the Arts. During summer 2011, she is participating in SMU-in-London.

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Hard Rock Cafe

“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”

Balloons honoring Founder's Day at the Hardrock Cafe in London on June 14.

In the words of Queen, this is exactly how I felt as I approached London’s Hardrock Cafe on June 14. A tradition of Founder’s Day (June 14), Hardrock Cafe gives the public a little taste of life 40 years ago.

After standing in a line that wrapped around the corner, our group of eight reached the front door in an hour. As I stepped inside, I felt like I had traveled back to the ’70s. Rock and Roll hits from the ’70s and ’80s were playing, waiters and waitresses were dressed in oldies-attire and prices matched the menu prices of 1971, the year Hardrock opened.

TVs throughout the restaurant were playing music videos of the greatest rock ‘n roll hits. When a waiter (or waitress) heard a song that piqued his (or her) fancy, he would jump on the bar and give us a live performance. Words cannot describe what my eyes witnessed. Needless to say, if you weren’t able to make it on June 14, you should try to come next year.

A photo of the guitar used by both a member of The Who and Eric Clapton hangs on the wall in the Hardrock Cafe in London (Photo/RACHAEL).

Lining the walls were guitars, clothes and other paraphernalia from the world’s greatest rockers including members from Led Zeppelin and The Who, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Our group of eight ate for a total of six pounds and some odd pence. My cheeseburger and fries was 40 pence (and it was rather tasty). For those of you in America, my meal is equivalent to approximately $1 (maybe a little less). Thus, our grand total, for eight people, was less than $10.

And, to make the whole experience that much better, we were offered tickets to Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks for a whoppin’ one pound and 50 pence. Jealous? Thought so. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard the news. Rain or shine, I will be there!

SMS girls: You will not believe who I saw yesterday: Hannah Metcalfe! Although I was awful at giving directions, she finally found me. For those of you who did not go to SMS (my high school), Hannah was our foreign exchange student for our senior year. I hadn’t seen her since 2008 as we parted ways – she headed back to London and I moved to Dallas. It was great to see her. Hopefully the rest of you will get to catch up with her at our five-year reunion. Scary,that’s in two years…

Later that evening we went to our second play: “Betty Blue Eyes.” 100-percent better than “Blythe Spirit”, yet still rather boring. Have the Brits heard of Broadway? I want to see the “Lion King” but I’m scared it won’t uphold American standards. However, in this play it was reiterated that WWI and II are still prevalent in the lives of the Brits. While the play takes place in 1947, the Brits are still facing high unemployment and food rationing. However, Betty, a plump pink pig with blue eyes, tempts a husband and wife. Does Betty live? Or, do the townspeople enjoy a delicious feast filled with ribs and sausage? Guess you will have to watch it (or google it…).

Anyhoo, today I am going to the world-renowned Harrods. I should probably leave my credit cards at home.

And, tomorrow, I leave for Portugal! And I shall reiterate: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”

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