My First Trip Abroad - My Family Travels

It was the summer after my freshman year of high school when we decided to take a trip to England. I was so excited and I had wanted to go there for a few years. We dropped the dog off at my aunt's house and made our way to the airport. My parents went all out and got first class seats; this reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry gets the amazing first class seat while Elaine is squished in the coach section. The flight was overnight so the jet lag wouldn't be too bad but it still affected us. Once we got into Heathrow airport, we got onto a train to London. When we came into the station, i felt i was in Harry Potter; we weren't in the same train station but it still felt like it. We got into a little black cab headed for our hotel.

On our way to our hotel, i was amazed. London, to me, felt like a cleaner and nicer version of New York City. The buildings were old with modern amenities with the bustle of a big city. The old and new co-existed wonderfully. Our hotel was in the Southwark area of London. We were all so exhausted from the flight that we all took naps. When we woke, we felt great and walked aong the Themes River for the rest of the day. It was beautiful. The resturants in London were also very good. We decided not to take any tours or do normal tourist things but we made sure to stop by all the important sites. We went to Big Ben and Parliament, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and rode on the London Eye.

We also went on day trips out to see Windsor Castle and Stonehedge. My mom thought "it was just a bunch of rocks" but i loved it. I have been interested on Medival history ever since learning about it in school and i just abosrbed all the old and wonderful things of London. We also saw the Magna Carta which i was thrilled about. I was so sad to leave after our days in London. Our jet lag was terrible when we got home. I ended up going to bed at 8:00pm and waking up refreshed at 4:00 am. I felt at home in London. It was amazing. Now, as I'm writing this, I want to go back!! I cannot wait to go there again and see even more of what London and England has to offer. 

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