Adventure is out there-Part Two

England and Scotland 018Welcome back. If you’re reading this, that means you liked what you read the first time and want to continue the journey with me. Well, let me tell you, day two was just as rough. We were still jetlagged and so we didn’t want to get up however, the alarm wanted you to get up. It was early in the morning, and we were warm and comfy in our beds, when out of nowhere, a rooster was heard. I shot up out of bed thinking someone was in our room ready to murder us, when really all it was was the alarm Michelle set on her phone. After that, I was wide awake. And all Michelle did was roll over, turn the alarm off and fall asleep. My twin, Morghan, and I don’t like being late and breakfast was approaching, so Morghan takes a pillow and whips it across the room and it hits Michelle just as she is starting to get up. The pillow connects with its target and Michelle falls onto the floor. That was the first funny thing that happened that morning. The next best thing happened soon after.

Michelle was curling her hair and we were going to straighten our hair right after her. However, that didn’t happen, but before we get to that you should know something about the hotel rooms in England. The key that you use to get into the room also turns your power on. You’re supposed to put the key in a slot by the door and it gives your electricity life, but if you don’t have the key, you don’t have power. Well, Michelle finished her hair and unplugged the curling iron from the wall adaptor and our power goes out. The key was in the slot so we should have it, right? But, no, Michelle blew the power out for the entire room. And seeing how we were in a foreign country we didn’t know what to do. I mean how do you get power back into your room without it being a huge problem? We went down to the front desk to let them know that there wasn’t any power and of course, they didn’t understand what we were saying. In America, we say our numbers either two-hundred and three or two “o” three, but over there you need to say two zero three. If you don’t, then they won’t understand you. Once that obstacle was crossed, we were able to start our day.

This is going to be another boring blog. Still jetlagged, we had to endure a bus tour of London. Now you should never put kids with very little sleep on a bus where they will be told historical facts about the town. Chances are they will fall asleep. The motion of the bus tends to be soothing and it relaxes the kids until they are snoozing. Well, that is what happened to majority of us. We picked up our tour guide, Nigel, and our bus driver had to maneuver the winding streets of London.

I couldn’t tell you what I learned that day. Everything was a blur. But I remember seeing Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the twisty bridge that was in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Buckingham Palace, and the changing of the guard. It was all really neat and I recommend you to go but this day was a bus day. We got off the bus to take pictures and got back on the bus for another ten minutes, then got off the bus and then back on. The only thing to entertain us was Nigel’s “Ladies and Gents” after everything he said. And we didn’t get to see much of the city. Almost everything we saw was a repeat of the day before.

Later that night, we went to a pub to have our meal. I don’t even remember what the meal consisted of or if I even enjoyed it. All I knew was that the desert was delicious. After the meal, we were lucky enough to see Wicked perform at the Apollo Theatre. And that was amazing, but I’m always a sucker for musicals.

By the time we left, it was probably around midnight and you would think that the tube would be dead, but no, it was the busiest that I’ve seen in the two days that we were there. And riding that made me want to just curl up in a ball and sleep right in the middle of the car.

Once we got back to the hotel, you would assume that we would get ready for bed and fall asleep the minute our heads hit the pillow. But again, you are wrong. We decide to talk about random things for a long time, and eventually we do fall asleep. This concludes day two of my adventure and it was a tiring one. The next day gets a little bit better as we start to travel outside the city and get into the country.

Adventure is out there- Part One

I was given a chance of a lifetime. Not many people are granted with the same opportunity as I was. For my whole life I have wanted to travel the world, to experience things that aren’t normal to me, and to stretch my comfort zone. My school gave me the opportunity was to travel to England through Explorica, a site that creates trips to different countries at reasonable prices, and I took it. This was my first airplane, first time away from my parents for an extended period of time, and the first time on foreign land. However, it was something that I will never forget.
Things happen for a reason. Before that trip, I didn’t know any of my traveling buddies. Well, I have spoken to some of them before, but I still didn’t really know them. My twin and I signed up to room with one other person from our grade. She had traveled to Japan the year before, so we figured she would know a little bit about what to do in this kind of unfamiliar territory. We spent half a year waiting in anticipation for the day we would leave, and finally, it arrived.
Waiting in an airport is torcher. You drive a distance to a place where you have to wait an obscene amount of time to board a plane where you again have to sit for hours until you reach your destination. All you want is to apparate like Harry Potter. So, we met at our school at nine o’clock in the morning and made our way to the airport, where we waited. And we waited. And finally, we got to board our plane. But, here’s the catch, we had a layover in New Jersey before we could even cross the sea. And there we waited some more before we could sit on the plane for six hours to fly to London. And after all of that waiting, we have finally arrived.
You would think that sleeping on an airplane would be easy, right? All you have to do is close your eyes and eventually you would drift off to sleep. But it’s not as easy as it would seem. So, most of us descended the plane sleepy eyed, forced to start the next day. After we got our luggage, we walked out into the waiting room to meet our tour guide, Alex. And once the introductions were made, we had to wait some more because the other part of our group didn’t arrive yet. They were from Indiana.
People aren’t always as they seem. I want you to remember that because it will come up again in the next couple of posts about this trip. There were three kids from Indiana and two teachers that were joining our group of twenty-two, and once they arrived in the airport, it was time for all of us to start our day.
Day one was tough. You can’t expect teenagers to be able to go two days without sleep. So, as you can imagine it was hard to remember what we all did that day. We went to our hotel right away from the airport, hoping we could get into our rooms to freshen up. However, the rooms weren’t ready yet, so we had to settle for dropping our stuff off in a meeting room and using the restrooms to freshen up. Once everyone was as good as they could be, Alex told us a little about how things will be done on this trip and then we were off.
Alex took us on a walking tour around London. We took the tube into a more central location and made our way around. We got to see Trafalgar Square, Thames River, and Chinatown. But, like I said before, I don’t really remember much about that day. It was my first time overseas and I was jetlagged. However, I do remember this, London was gorgeous. It was very cold. Something we weren’t used to right away. But, it is a city that I would want to return to someday.
That night was a bit interesting for us. We received a fish and chips dinner, something I don’t even remember and somehow we ended up back in our rooms ready to hit the hay. My twin and I roomed with someone in our class that we knew but weren’t the greatest of friends with, so it was a bit awkward. Michelle was her name and she doesn’t care much for awkward situations because they make her uncomfortable. So, what does she do? She starts to reenact the YouTube video “How animals eat their food”. After that we became best friends and this trip didn’t seem so scary.
This concluded the first day. And the second came almost too quickly. However, you will have to wait for that. For right now I want you to remember some parts of this day because they will come in handy for the rest of this trip as well as the next.