Our First Free Day and the Events Leading Up To It

Our class trip to London and Edinburgh was scheduled to leave on June 12, 2015 from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illnois. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 6:10 local time so our bus left IUSB at 1:30 for the approximate 2 hour drive. We set off and things were going so smooth until we reached Gary, Indiana where a serious traffic accident had the road closed. We were stranded with no indication that we would be going anywhere soon. We waited on the road for about three hours before we were directed to turn our bus around and at that point we had no hope of catching our flight. It was devastating. Kyoko was on the phone with American Airlines explaining our situation and getting us a new flight. They had no available seats on Saturday so we had to wait until Sunday June 14 to leave and we were going to be split into two groups. One group would be leaving at 8:50am and the other group would be leaving at 4:35pm. Almost everyone had booked tickets for something to do on Monday in London because it was our first scheduled free day. Most people were able to change days or get refunds, but some had to wait and see. The people on the morning flight would be in London for all of Monday, but the people on the later flight wouldn’t get to London until early Monday morning. Lee and Kyoko were able to book us hotel rooms in Chicago so we could be there Saturday night and be at the airport extra early on Sunday. Everyone was a little paranoid about getting to the airport on time. The morning group caught their flight and it went off without a hitch. For the afternoon group, it was a different story. We made it to the airport with plenty of time, checked our bags, and got to the gate with a little over an hour to spare. We were going to all meet back up at the gate at 3:40 to get ready to board the flight. Some of us were sitting by the gate early when the announcement was made that our flight was going to be delayed an hour and a half to 6:00pm due to security checks. They started to board the plane around 6:00pm. We then sat on the plane until 8:15 until it started to move for take off. In total our flight was delayed almost 4 hours. The ride went smoothly and we were in London around 10:00am local time. Kyoko met us at the airport and led the way on the underground to our lodging. It was around 1:00pm when I was able to head out and enjoy what was left of my free day.

I had booked tickets with Lydia to go to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum for Monday morning. I had called to tell them that we couldn’t make the time and they said they would be sending me an email with information on if I could change times. I never got that email so we decided to just go and see if we could get in. They let us in with no problem and it was so much fun! We got to take pictures with so many famous people. My personal favorite was One Direction. We ended up spending quite a bit of time there because there was so much to see. After we left, we wandered around a little bit, we even got lost, and then decided to get dinner. After dinner we decide to walk around with some of the other people on the trip. We ended up walking pretty far and we were able to see Paraliament and Westminster Abbey. At this point we were super tired and running on basically no sleep so we decided to head back. I crashed fairly quickly, which was good because we were going to be having a busy next day trying to cram in more things since we had lost two days.

At Madame Tussaud's

At Madame Tussaud’s

Seeing Big Ben at night

Seeing Big Ben at night

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