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Jolly ol’ London Town

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2013 at 7:28 am

While I was on night shift I made it my personal mission to make it to London from Dover. This is really only something that is possible to do (for us in Guest Services) while on night shift because London is 2-3 hours away depending on traffic and we don’t ever have a consecutive block of time off that is long enough to get there, unless of course you happen to be on night shift as I was at the time. No one else in our office had attempted it….. it was going to be quite a mission. Well I made it. To jolly ol’ London!! It was amazing. I saw the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, statues, telephone booths, and palaces galore!! I stopped at Buckingham Palace and tried to get to the middle area where the sculptures are but the road was blocked and there were bobbys everywhere and all of a sudden I found myself at the front of a mad throng of people. Uncertain as to what was happening and undecided as to whether or not I should stay (hoards of people make me uncomfortable), I balked a little at the gate and whirled around to see a small boy perched upon his father’s shoulders complaining loudly about being too hot. Now even though I’m not generally a fan of children, I discovered at that moment that a small child with a British accent is immediately forgiven for being a child in my books. After deciding I approved of the tiny shoulder traveler, I asked his perch what was happening. “Why it’s the changing of the guard, luv. It’s a British institution it is…and you’ve just made it on the right day, the full band plays today!” If you were not reading that in a British accent in your head I would recommend that you read it again with an accent…much more charming. So I waited with my new friends, somehow up at the front of the gate. Low and behold, guards on horseback excited the palace (going to get the new guards) and 10 minutes later, a full band plus the new guards appeared!!!! By this point there were also other guards on horseback and we the crowd were thoroughly enthralled. I have spoken with many Brits since then who have assured me that seeing this is something very special. Many Brits never see the changing of the guard, let alone with the full band. And tourists spend months planning to get there on the right day at the right time. I was in the right place at the right time and I will never ever forget this amazing experience!! I’m totally hooked on London and now I want to live there.
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