The exploration of London by the UK Tour continues…
Today we visited the Natural History Museum where we learned about various animals and insects, including humans, and viewed some spectacular exhibits. A highlight was the dinosaur exhibit which included a full sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. We then ventured to Knightsbridge, passing through Hyde Park on the way. The gardens in the park were incredibly pretty, but everyone was keen to get to Harrods and the surrounding shops! The shopping was great and we were especially impressed by the Egyptian escalator running through the centre of the store which cost 20 million pounds to construct. That evening, we went to the Prince Edward Theatre in West End to see Aladdin. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the show; the sets, costumes and talent on display were amazing, leaving some of us in tears.
In the morning, we headed to the Tower of London. The whole place was so well preserved – it felt so authentic! We were wowed by the Crown Jewels and the armoury as well as the Chapel where Anne Boleyn is buried. In the afternoon, we found our way to Abbey Road where the impatient traffic prevented us from recreating the iconic Beatles’ album cover. However, we were able to snag some great merchandise at the shop. On the way back to College Hall, we stopped at Lord’s Cricket Ground for the obligatory tourist photo. That evening we had dinner with old Collegian Phoebe Uebergang (2006) who is working as a Paramedic in London. She shared with us her experiences following school, as both a Nurse and Paramedic, in both Australia and the UK.
This morning we met with Old Collegian, Rob Doepel (1991), at his workplace, Ernst and Young. It was certainly interesting to hear Rob’s story and a key message we gleaned from our chat with him is that our decisions after school are more influential in the grand scheme of life than our end of school results (though these are obviously still important). Next we visited another Old Collegian, Alexander McKenzie (2005), who works at Berwin Leighton Paisner in generating business for the firm. His story made us realise that it is definitely possible to pack up and leave your life in one country and begin again in another if you are motivated to do so. He explained that although it seems daunting, this process is not as difficult as we might think. We then had lunch at the bustling Borough Markets which offered us food from a range of cultures, from pad thai to lamb souvlaki – it was delicious! We then visited Westminster Abbey and we were all impressed with the astonishing beauty of this iconic building. The history contained within the ornate walls of the Abbey was astounding and the minute details of each wall and monument was so interesting. For dinner, we met with Old Collegian, Tom Crabtree (2006), who works with London Transport in the area of Property Acquisition. It was encouraging to hear another story of someone from our school who is successfully making a life in a different country in their chosen field.
Our next stop is Cambridge!