During the summer of 2007 I made the All-Star Cheerleading squad that received the award to participate in performing in London’s New Year’s Day parade. This was a very educational and enjoyable trip. We were able to participate in the parade, tour the city, and meet new people. This trip was very special to me because there has never been anyone who actually went to London for cheerleading from our little town of Post.
The flight took ten long, exhausting, hours to land in Gatwick, England, and from there we rode a bus for about an hour to our hotel. There were a thousand or more girls and boys who were involved, from all around the United States. The daily activities were already planned for us. The first day we got settled in we were able to roam around the Tower Hotel, to go ice skating and view the Crown Jewels. The first day I learned that their police system primarily consists of armed soldiers, the country is a monarchy, their money is worth double here in the United States, and London’s time is seven hours ahead of the United States time zone. We visited Saint Paul’s Cathedral which was very miraculous, and were able to go underground to see numerous tombs and the brilliant artwork. Also, me and a couple of the girls climbed about five hundred and forty stairs to reach the top of the Cathedral. The sight was incredible and we had a great view of all of London.
Furthermore, we also rode the London Eye which was four hundred and forty three feet tall and very enjoyable. The Eye is like a Ferris wheel but in an all glass capsule which allows you to view all around the city of London. On New Year’s Eve we took a night cruise on the Thames River where we were able to witness the raising of the Tower Bridge and enjoy a fun night of dancing. The day of the parade was chaotic we spent numerous hours getting ready. Each group of All- Stars had learned a dance to a different Beatles song. Our particular dance was to “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and lasted about three minutes. We walked in the parade which was about three miles and performed the dance twenty times.
All in all the trip to London was very educational and a great life experience. I am very grateful to have that experience and would love to travel all over the world. I learned that there is a much bigger world out there and so much in life that we are missing.
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