London day! CBL specially planned us a walking tour of London to see famous attractions and visit some interesting places. Early in the morning we all woke up to an earlier breakfast than usual (but not by much). I was quite excited for the trip as London is also a place filled with historical landmarks like Cambridge, but even more because it is also the home of an empire spanning continents and ages.
We all piled onto the bus. It was quite big but we had a problem with the seating. There was missing two seats, so two of the counselors had to take another route to get to London. On the road, which took about 3 hours to get there. A longer time than the train, but a lot more fun as you travel with friends.
It was really annoying that my friends were on their phone on the whole trip either blasting weird music at top volume or taking snapchat photos of each other and sharing them with each other. Then at around 11:00 we arrived in London, near the London Eye. We crossed the bridge crammed with people; I could barely see the orange umbrella our counselor was holding up to help guide us through. Our first stop was at the London Dungeon. The outside looked sort of boring and not interesting but once we walked in it was a whole different story. It was dark and musty-smelling and built of stone (or stone looking materials). The people in there were dressed like people ranging from the 16th century to the Industrial Age London homeless man.
I won’t spoil the exhibit to you but it was like a museum/show that takes you to the dark and little-known parts of London from King Henry the Eighth to the Black Plague to Jack the Ripper. Quite scary. Some of the “acts” were a bit too rehearsed and not real but the acting was brilliant. We were hungry so the tour guide (the same guy that showed us around Cambridge two days ago) took us to the park for lunch. All my friends gathered around to eat our packed bags we brought from Cambridge. I did not like the ham and cheese sandwich so I ate the popcorn and seeds that were also packed.
The tour guide took us to see other landmarks like the Big Ben, which had a quite strange origin story and Queen Victoria’s Palace. My friends wanted to dare me to step into the fountain to touch one of the reliefs carved there. I didn’t take the gamble on being arrested, being that the palace had so many guards in there. We walked along to the parks and monuments dedicated to people like Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln. Finally, we went by the Supreme Court of Justice, and the tour guide talked to us about how the government in the UK worked, with Parliamentarian seats and stuff like that.
That was our whole day. Everyone got back to the college tired, but some of the delegates found strength to go play rugby and soccer afterwards.