After arriving in London mid-afternoon local time, the group did some brief sightseeing en-route to the hotel. After freshening up, the group enjoyed dinner at the hotel and prepared themselves for the expedition through history that lay ahead of them.
Photos have been added to the photo gallery of the students as they prepare for their departure and arrive in London.
Today started by our early morning arrival in Dubai. We had a good 3-hour stopover, which provided some much appreciated time to stretch our legs and talk as a group. For us to get to the doors of the plane we had to go through four sets of security. We then boarded our 8-hour flight to Heathrow Airport, London. Everybody was very excited to get on the ground after 22 hours in the air and many hours in airports. Needless to say we were all exhausted. Our friendly guide Naomi met us at the exit, holding up a welcome sign. We loaded our entire luggage into our tour bus and went on a short tour of the sights of London. It was exciting to finally be in London after the long journey.
After we drove out of the airport beautiful terraced houses started to appear along with the trademark black taxis, red double decker buses and red telephone boxes. Once we reached the city it felt like we were playing Monopoly. Park Lane, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square among some of the streets we could recognise. We were all shocked by the sheer number of people in the city and the traffic. We managed to see Harrods, the Natural History Museum, and the beautiful parks that were scattered with amazing red tulips. Expensive cars were the majority along with the myriad of get on off buses. We saw some of the war memorials in London. It was nice to see that they were so present in the city and many people see these every day along beautiful memorials such as the Animals in War Memorial, New Zealand and got a brief glance of the Australian Memorial.
After we arrived at the hotel we went to our rooms to freshen up for dinner. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant. We spoke about our journey and excitement for the trip. Many students have never seen London before hence the next few days will be eye opening. After dinner we had our evening briefing before heading off to bed.
By Isabelle Jardine and Lillian Ward
This page was last reviewed on 20 Apr 2018 at 02:23PM