I was thrilled when my small-town school announced that they were going to be taking a trip to London England over Spring Break. Thursday March 24thfinally arrived and I met my fellow classmates and friends at the Traverse City airport. After saying goodbye to our parents our excitement only grew when we realized we were heading off to London for nine days without our parents. Hello Freedom! After landing in Detroit we had to wait for five hours before embarking on the next leg of our journey. However, the time didn’t dampen our spirits. We made the most of the wait by shopping and riding the moving escalators and monorails back and forth. When we finally boarded the plane we were all excited and knew that in less than 12 hours we would be out of America and entering London. As we flew over America, dinner and movies came and went but sleep never welcomed us.
As the sun began to rise we finally landed in London. After going through security at London-Heathrow we boarded the tube for the very first time. Trust me this was not an easy task since we landed at rush hour and we all had heavy suitcases. However we made the most of it and watched the town between breaks of being underground and in tunnels. After getting off the tube at Russell Square we dropped our luggage off at our new home — The Hotel Euro. When dinner finally came the majority of the group was running on over thirty hours of no sleep and beginning to feel sick. However, when we entered the ‘water closet’ at the restaurant it only made us dizzy. The ‘water closet’ was covered in mirrors. They were on every wall and it looked like a fun house! Then when we got back to Russell Square we decided to take the steps instead of the elevator. Big Mistake! The steps were in spiral format and there were 175 of them. We eventually reached the top and made our way back to the hotel.
The week in London flew by it was filled with many adventures and exciting days. One day started out on a cruise on the River Thames. It was amazing being able to experience London from the river. After our feet touched ground we were off and running to our next destination: Buckingham Palace! Another day was spent at the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The view from St. Paul’s was breathtaking and was defiantly worth the 528 steps to the top.
Another great part about the trip to London was the fact that we were to spend a couple of days outside of London. One day we experienced Stonehenge, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Lacock and Avebury. It was fun to see Stonehenge in person and Salisbury Cathedral was breathtaking. Lacock was amazing due to the Harry Potter connection. Another day was spent at Brighton where we were able to take in the sights of the ocean along with the pier.
The final day in London came all too quick. This day was spent by going to Platform 9 3/4, High Gate Cemetery, and then experiencing a West End play. We were able to witness “The Woman In Black” – The scariest play ever put on stage.
The experiences that I gained from this trip were amazing. I’m so happy that I was able to have the opportunity to visit this wonderful city full of culture and I look forward to going back one day!
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