Day 3 began on sort of a rough note. I accidentally set my alarm for 6:30 PM rather than AM. Cam and I somehow woke up at 9:00 however, the group had already left for Kew Gardens. We immediately hopped on the tube and headed for Kew Gardens to meet the group there. This was my first time on the tube and I found it very easy to navigate. The map is very clear, and we had no trouble making it to the gardens. My favorite part of the day was visiting the temperate house which is pictured below. The temperate house was really cool because it housed plants and trees from temperate regions all around the world. After the gardens, the group got lunch at pizza express, which i thought was amazing. We even got to cut our own pizza.
The most difficult challenge when it comes to navigating through London has been their street signs. The street signs have been either, challenging or impossible to find. When I have found them, I noticed they were on the ground. When there is heavy foot traffic, these signs cannot be seen until you’re standing in front of them. Another street sign I have not seen are one way signs. When traveling in London, it is a headache trying to remember which direction traffic will be heading. To make it worse, there are a bunch of one way streets that have no signage at all. I have been looking both ways multiple times just to make sure I will not be hit by any of the cars. A solution to these problems would to be have a uniform system for presenting directional information. For instance, using a system similar to the United States, were the signs are always hanging off the ground, and easy to read. In a tourist city, good communication is important for good design.