Dear friends and family of European Experience,
The first few days of our trip have been amazing! As soon as the trip members started arriving in London, friendships started forming. At our first stop in London we headed to Berwick Market, where everyone walked around and ate lunch in their staff groups. Later that night, we had dinner at a Westcoast Connection favorite, an Asian fusion restaurant with mouth-watering dishes. To finish off our night, we rode the famous London Eye. The view from the top was remarkable, as we looked over the city of London.
The next day started with a walking tour of London with our amazing tour guide, who taught us so much about the history of the city. We got to see amazing sights, such as Westminster Abby, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately the Queen was out of town when we went for a visit. Throughout the day, the trip members got to take pictures in the famous red phone booths. In the afternoon we went to the Tower of London, where we got to see the magnificent Crown Jewels. The jewel room is home to the biggest diamond in the world, which is 530 karats. Before dinner we introduced an activity that will be continuous throughout the trip where each day three trip members are in charge of choosing songs to play on the bus in the morning. After dinner, we headed to the theater where we got to see Wicked. Everyone was very excited to see the show! It was great to see the show in London, as some of the actors had British accents.
The next day was July 1st, Canada Day! The first stop for the day was the famous department store, Harrods. Some of the trip members walked around and saw the different departments, while others went and had English high tea. We then headed to Trafalgar Square. In honor of Canada Day, some Canadians on the trip took pictures outside the Canadian embassy. The trip members then had a chance to walk around and enjoy lunch in Leicester Square. After lunch we headed to Covent Garden, where the trip members did an awesome photo scavenger hunt. They needed to find things such as different animals, someone in a neon uniform, and squeeze the whole team in a phone booth. For dinner, we broke up into different groups so that the trip members could choose where they wanted to eat. After some free time in the hotel, we had a social integration activity to continue to facilitate bonding and trip members getting to know each other.
We say goodbye to the Queen and London and are on our way to the land of croissants and baguettes, Paris, France! Another update coming soon.
Goodbye for now,
The Westcoast Blogger