Monday, May 3, 2010


Arriving in London did seem as if we had entered some sort of magic portal into the future. All of a sudden there were lighted signs posted everywhere and we were out of the airport and into the cold! It was 40 degrees Fahrenheit... and drizzling-- Brr! We all layered all the clothes we had to keep warm, but none of us had long pants or jeans to wear so our capris had to do for the trip in town.

We had so much fun visiting a Starbucks, seeing Tower Bridge, walking around Big Ben and Westminster, finding a red telephone booth, and we finished our trip in town with a visit to the Buckingham Palace where we found a pillar marked West Africa :)

It was such a whirlwind of visits around town... and then we arrived at security seconds late-- which I think we all regret not having rushed more towards the end, but when trying to enjoy a place it seems odd not to savor your last moments there. So we were rewarded with being able to savor the airport overnight :) British Airways was kind to us and allowed us to reschedule our tickets for the next day without a fee, but each of us had connecting flights to make which had to be rescheduled. Through Delta my ticket change only cost the difference in seat price which was $0 so I am extremely thankful to only have had food costs for the night-- which ended up being covered by Bethany's sister, thank you Andrea! I feel extremely blessed to have the support I have and to know that I have many people praying for my travels! It also is quite calming to think of the fact we were stuck in London overnight and not Accra... since we ended up having difficulties with our check in there as well and I believe that went through all our minds at the time ("Are we going to be stuck here in Accra?"). For the most part, it is our impatience to be back in the states that has us nervous and anxious to be on our next flight already, but we have another 9 hours to wait for our flight. We are all ready to take turns taking naps and watching bags throughout the day as we wait and try to catch up on all the sleep we've already lost in our travels.

Can't wait to see all of you!!! I hope everyone has enjoyed a beautiful weekend :)

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