Friday, March 11, 2016

London: Oliver Cromwell's Head, Westminster, Wagamama and Our First Show

Today, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, we began our day eating breakfast at the hotel. There was a surplus of different kinds of English Breakfast foods in which we all indulged. After breakfast, we walked up the street to the tube. We got off the tube at green park and walked through the park to Buckingham Palace and took a squad picture in front, featuring the New Hampton sign. We then walked to Westminster Abbey where we were guided around and learned of different tales (including Oliver Cromwell who was buried, but three years later was dug up and had his dead body hanged in front of everyone. His head was then promptly cut off and boiled in salt water. After that, it was placed on a pike in which it stayed for fifteen years until a great wind blew it off). 

Shortly after touring Westminster, we saw the changing of the horse guards at Whitehall Palace. Next, we traveled to Trafalgar Square and climbed on some statue lions. We then went into the National Gallery for a short while, followed by lunch at Pret a Manger. After lunch, our journey took us to the British Museum where we saw the Elgen Marbles, Bog (window) Man, and many other artifacts Britain has acquired throughout the years. 

For dinner, we ate at Wagamama. This night, we saw our first play. We saw "The Curious Incident of a Dog in Night Time" at the Geilgud Theater. Everyone was thoroughly satisfied by the day.

- Emma W

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