Our European journey began when we met our group at the San Antonio International Airport and flew to Detroit, Michigan. From Detroit we flew overnight to Heathrow airport in London, England. It was weird to fly across the ocean for more than nine hours. It was the longest flight I've ever been on. The dinner was pasta with creamy sauce and cheese on top. After dinner we all tried to go to sleep since we would arrive in Heathrow around eleven in the morning the next day. Unfortunately, I didn't get much sleep since the air on the plane was so dry.
When we got off the plane we went through customs and went to the area where Sabrina, our tour director, told us to meet her. We waited and waited until my mom got an email from Sabrina telling us the group from North Carolina bags didn't make it to the airport. But eventually we found them and made our way to the hotel.
Our rooms weren't quite ready so we stored our bags in a spare room and went on a walking tour of Covent Garden, Liester Square and Piccadilly Circus. There were a lot of street performers and big TV screens with advertisements for all of the different shows playing. We also noticed all of the chain food restaurants we have back in the states.
This was the first time we used the London Underground or Tube. We found out there are some very social people in our group. We met some really nice locals while on the Tube. It was interesting to see how the Londoners play on their phones or read while traveling to their next stop.
After our walking tour we had dinner at a small restaurant called Bistro 1 Beak. We had breaded chicken with gravy and potatoes. They also served us dessert that was made of bananas and chocolate called Banoffe Pie. Once everyone finished eating, we went to the hotel and settled into our rooms. Once I was ready for bed it didn't take me very long to go to sleep.