London! Ever since I was a child, I had dreamed of going to London – and here I was! This was my first time in United Kingdom – in fact, not just me, but for all four of us; Ben, Adam, Nishant and me. While the journey to the city was highly eventful in itself (Ben and I ran for all legs of the connecting flights and almost missed our international leg; did not get our bags on the flight and a whole lot of other misadventures), once we went out on the first weekend, it all was worth it. Watching Adam take countless selfies at every place we visited made me realize that it was not just me who found this place fascinating!
During one of these tours, near Big Ben, we came across this strange street of gambling, which we named “where’s the ball, find the ball” (cleverly named after what the person kept saying). The person managing the game let us call him the fingersmith (you’ll see why), had three small cups in front of him and a ball. He kept switching the position of the ball under one of the three cups, and the challenge was to figure out where the ball ended up. While a fairly easy game to make money, it seemed highly addictive since people went on playing multiple rounds. The fingersmith would act as if he was losing every game and made the person playing feel extremely confident of himself/herself. Then, in the last round, he would trick them into choosing the wrong cup or switch the cup without them realizing, thus winning back all the money and more. It was really interesting just to watch how he would use people’s psyche against themselves.
Could we have beaten the mentalist at his own game? Well, let’s just say that the 30th of May is our last day in London, and we have a lot to look forward to!