I survived my first ever international flight and got into London on Monday and I’ve had a wonderful time here. I am staying with some friends here and they have been truly amazing to me. While here I’ve gotten to experience a little of the culture and eaten a whole lot of cake. (I don’t think I’ve eaten this much cake all year!) We saw Chorus Line yesterday, which was really good, if not a little awkward. It was a bit on the risque side. I turned a bit red seeing as how I was watching it with the wife and daughter of the bishop of our church!
I’ve ridden in my first double decker bus and taken the obligatory tourist pictures of London phone booths. One thing I have noticed about London is that everything is very round. The Buses are round, the taxis, the phone booths…everything. I like it, it’s all rather cute.
Today we visited Buckingham Palace. It was all very opulent, almost too opulent, and very crowded, but I did enjoy it. I think my favorite part was seeing the garden and the horses. I am more of one for the delicate beauty of nature than the grandeur of man made things. In a way, it made me thankful that I am not the queen. It’s not that it wouldn’t be nice to be wealthy enough to live in that lavish of a house, it’s just that I’m not sure I’d like being on display like that. People come up to the palace gates and peer in as if they were looking for an animal in an exhibit at the zoo. I’m also not sure I’d like all those people constantly walking through my house, even if it was big enough to be far far away from them all. Anyway, it was interesting to see.
My favorite thing that we have done so far is visit Westminster Abbey. It is very large and very impressive and you can tell it’s holy. We had a fabulous tour guide, who just happened to be the man that did cartwheels at the royal wedding. We were able to get in to see the tomb of Saint Edward the Confessor. I will admit that I knelt down and said a few prayers that I desperately hope will be answered. I also got the chance to see Darwins tomb, and the tomb of one of my personal role models, Queen Elizabeth I. Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to take pictures in Westminster Abbey, so I don’t have any.
While all of this has to be fun, I have to admit, I am looking forward to some sea days. I’m pooped! Also, I regret to announce that I will not be doing blogs in Spanish for the remainder of this trip. I just simply don’t have the time, but hopefully I will be able to start that up again in the future.