Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Im in London, and they have pigeons
So, I apologize for not posting anything since I have arrived, I have had some logistics issues which may continue, so I may not be posting periodically, Though, I currently plan to post on occasional days, multiple days to keep the blogs organized and easier to read lengths. So let us start out with the trip out. It snowed. It snowed in sections Nebraska, and it snowed at Denver International Airport, and they had to deice the plain before we left. Yes, it is May, and it did not feel like it, until we got into London. Before I go there, let me just say the British Airlines flight was awesome, complete with 2 meals, free drinks, and movies. The only issue, it was hard to sleep, but why sleep when you have movies to watch. Anyway, we arrived in London, we were greeted by some of the awesome staff members of the ISA (International Study Abroad). They are the group that Dr. Nobiling has been working with to set up a lot of our visits, also to help us get acclimated and get around London. An example of that was they gave us all oyster cards to use as 2 week passes on the underground (their subway system).
Anyway, the people of the ISA drove us to go see Windsor Castle, which is nearly a millennium in age, and is the oldest royal residential castle in Europe if not the world. This is since this is the Queen’s main residence outside of Buckingham Palace. No, the trip/tour did not include meeting the queen, but it did include a step back into history of the castle. We saw restorations and original paintings of various royalty. We also saw the set up and the design of rooms, some meant to intimidate (a lot of guns and swords), and some meant to honor, including shields for the knights of the Order of the Garter. Before we went into the castle, we also looked at St George’s Cathedral. It is not a large place, but still unbelievable in so many ways. After that we finally found our way to the hotel and had dinner.
After that Dr. Nobiling took us out to use our Oyster cards, and figure out the Underground so we knew what we were doing when we actually would travel. So we got off at the Tower Hill station. We got off and walked for a bit, and only Nobiling knew why. We stopped and she pointed out a wall, that was built by the Romans, also nearly a millennia ago. That was pretty cool, but we were tired, and she wanted us to continue walking. Then we came across a building I recognized, the Tower of London. It was so late, we could not go in it, but I did not care, I was staring at the freaking Tower of London! Little did I know we were not done, nor did I know what was right around the corner, The Tower Bridge. From there we had a beautiful view of the river Thames and a new attraction in town, the tallest building in Europe, the Shard. Great way to finish the night, and at that point we all got some well needed sleep.
Oh for the record, YOU CANNOT GET AWAY FROM PIGEONS! They are over here to! Where can I go to get away from these things?