The entire London Field trip was a blast! We left the campus pretty early, since breakfast started at 7:00. When we finished we brought packed lunch that was a sandwich and an apple. Before we got onto the bus, we separated ourselves in pairs so we could have sort of a buddy system, making sure no one gets lost. The bus ride to London was about an hour and a half, so not that long. On the way there I listened to music with my buddy, and read on a book on my kindle.
We arrived at a park just apart parliament building which was a beautiful sight. We grouped into our course subjects and walked to Westminster Abbey, the area around Parliament. We could see Big Ben, and many old architectural buildings. It was interesting because in the park there was one pavilion styled similarly to an Orthodox Church pattern, and I never understood why it was there!
After Westminster Abbey we walked all the way Winston Churchill’s government bunkers during World War II. At first, government officials were considering leaving, however the Royal Family decided to stay in London. This inspired Churchill to build bunkers for government workers who were staying during dangerous bomb strikes. The entire area and memorial was very inspiring, this was where the U.K would strategize how to protect their people! At the gates a large stature of Churchill stands proud and awesome.
We walked in front of Buckingham Palace, and also the royal park, where we walked around and ate lunch. After lunch we made our way to the London Dungeon. The London Dungeon is a fascinating experience. Here we lived all of London’s horrors and miseries, such as Jack the Ripper, The Great Fire, and many, many more. They portrayed these experiences in a very a scary and humorous way.
The traffic on the way back from London was terrible, and it took us nearly 3 hours to arrive back at Somerville! Once we got back we only had ten minutes to get lunch if we ate at the cafeteria, so we had to rush quickly. After lunch, I hung out with some people and we walked all the way to Magdalen College to listen to a concert and walk in the deer park. When we got back, I had to stay up late to write the blog post from yesterday, and then went to bed 🙁