What a Day, Night, Whatever!
We made it! The Southerners have landed in London and this old town may never be the same!
We began arriving as early as 6 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29. As of this writing at 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, the last three students were trickling in.
The first day was a whirlwind, but our Southerners are a determined and tireless bunch. This was evident to everyone in the Hilton London Metropole last night as, after probably no more than eight hours sleep in 24 hours for the whole group, our Southerners still managed to stage a rehearsal in the hotel that had people on every level of the hotel looking into the open lobby stairwell, wondering where that amazing rendition of Stars Fell on Alabama was coming from!
Excuse the quality of this video. It was very late and this blogger was very sleepy, but here’s an example:
And here are some other highlights of the journey thus far:
A friendly face met us at the airport. Meet James, our guide. He and Emma, our other guide for our trip, have been fantastic!
And here’s our hotel, the Hilton London Metropole. Very swank and in a great location, with close access to the ‘tube.’ (That’s what they call the subway here). Upon arrival we learned that our rooms were not yet ready.
So… we did what any good tourists would do. We dropped our bags and went sightseeing.
One of the first sights we saw in the tube was a sign for the parade!
After consulting a map…
We hit a few of the highlights…
Finally, it was time to check in!
After a quick orientation and a great meal
We got busy with our first London rehearsal
It was a full day, or two, that left us feeling a bit like this
but there’s no rest for a Southerner!
Next up: Our first day of sightseeing and our concert in Trafalgar Square.