I was able to get a few hours of sleep on the plane. After watching Safe Haven (which resulted in LOTS of tears), I was exhausted and ready to sleep. However the lady to my left had other plans. She decided to be THE ONLY person in the cabin with a light on. She took out bits of paper and began writing what looked like her autobiography. However, I was mistaken... She was writing song lyrics. So she then preceded to sing it. Aloud. It was neither the time, nor the place- I wanted sleep. Out of the 7 hour flight I got about 3 1/2 hours of sleep.
After meeting with our group of about 25 kids (all ultimately going to Prague or Austria) we hopped on a bus and headed to the hotel. Our driver, John, was a witty old man who knew so much random, useless information about London landmarks- plus, he was hilarious! I am rooming with Laurisa- she is from Rochester, NY but lived in Ukraine until she was 9 (speaks fluent Russian and Slovak). Michelle, Erika (also from Long Island), and I went to a small cafe for lunch. None of us knew how the check/tipping thing goes in London so we basically just winged it. The waitress either got an amazingly high tip, or a crappy tip. Then we toured the Hyde Park, which our hotel overlooks. Next, we took to Oxford Street to check out the shopping scene. Tomorrow is a tour-filled day of all London's most famous landmarks. Stay tuned!
First thing we crossed off our bucket list!
Our hotel for the weekend
Very VERY friendly pigeons