I realize that this is not the most exciting entry because I am just making bullet points of everything we did. However, I dont want you to miss out on anything. This is just a little note about the different things we did in London. It was a great trip and we were able to do so many neat things!
Sunday, January 23, 2011: (We rode the Eurostar train from Brussels to London, England) *British Museum: Here we saw the Rosetta stone and lots of articles from all around the world. We also saw the dum dum guy from Night at the Museum. *Westminster Cathedral: We were trying to go to Westminster Abbey to see a free organ concert there but, by mistake, went to Westminster Cathedral and took the Lord's Supper during mass. We did not realize what had happened until hours after when we were eating at Pizza Express. This is where I had my first margarita pizza (cheese pizza). *We walked around at night and saw Big Ben, the London eye, parliament, Westminster Abbey, etc.
Monday, January 24, 2011: *We had a group morning bus tour scheduled so we got to see all of London including things like: Hyde Park, John Adams House, Buckingham's Palace, St. James Park, St. Paul's, etc. (I enjoyed seeing all the sites and getting to hear historical facts about each site) *Melissa, Liz, and I went to Harrods to look around. I got lots of tea for Marshall's mom and my mom! *We went to the Victoria and Albert Museum (I loved seeing the jewelry and fashion clothing throughout history). We also ate our lunch that we packed from the Hilton breakfast right outside of the V&A, it was fun to people watch. *After the V&A, we were tired so we just hoped on a double decker bus, and luckily enough it took us back to our hotel! I thought we were in a sketch part of town, but it turns out our hotel was right around the corner. Liz and Melissa got a laugh out of that one. *We went to a service at St. Paul's, that was held by Westminster Cathedral. It talked about unity between the churches. This was a neat experiance. Not to mention, this was now the 2nd church service we went to in London. *We saw Billy Elliot as a group….I am not a fan of this play! I liked the dancing but everything else was bluuuuuuhhhh.... *I got lost on the Tube (of course), but was found by Melissa and Liz! I am sounding way more dramatic then it really was.....i just hoped on and the door shut before they could get on....so I just waited at the next stop for them.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011: (our FREE DAY!) *We went at 10:00am to get tickets for Wicked! We got 90 pound seats for 27pounds!! Best deal of my life! I think Wicked was my favorite part of London! I LOVED it! *We also ventured back to St. Pauls to climb all the way up to the top of St. Paul's which is 520+ steps.We were all exhausted! Long story....but we were 18 for the day. *I got to interview a man at the Salvation Army International Headquarters. I randomly came across the headquarters so I decided to stop and see if I could meet with someone, this was a neat experiance to get to spend time learning about the Salvation Army. (It also will be great for my paper I have to write) *Tate Museum- the modern musuem *Tower of London.I loved the tour and LOVED seeing the crown jewels! It was raining and cold, but still worth it. *Went to a Westminster Abbey service (yes, this is the 3rd church service we went to) *Saw WICKED @ 7:30!
Thursday, January 27, 2011: (Head back to Maastricht) *We walked 30 minutes, until we were just about frozen, to take a picture on Abbey Road.We were successful, but then had to book it back to make our train! *Me, Melissa, and Liz made a wonderful friend Katherine who we hung out with a lot in London. She is super fun, and oh not to mention she is engaged to an Austrailan!!!
-During our London trip we fell in love with the Hilton breakfast. This is where we learned about mini nuetella packets! -We also wonder why London has limited free WiFi....we were not happy about this!
London was so much fun and we loved being able to freely travel around. We saw lots of new things, but were all ready to get back to our new "home".