Today we landed in London. We left Chicago at 9:00 p.m. Central Time, and landed in Heathrow at 10:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time. We shared our flight with other Luther students bound for other locations. When we left Chicago it was sunny and beginning to warm, and when we landed in London it was overcast and damp. Seven hours of flying later, we are all very jet-lagged and tired, but otherwise full of optimism and intellectual enthusiasm! Our flight was delayed slightly on landing, but now we’re here and our journey officially begins!
On our first day in London we walked around, getting used to the city. We walked through Bloomsbury - past the Senate House at London University - the building that inspired George Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth.” We also went to the London Review Bookshop and Persephone Books (featured in Conde Nast). We saw an apartment where Mary and Percy Shelley once lived as well as the Charles Dickens Museum, in his house. Using the Underground is a daunting task, but we have begun to grow familiar with it. This will be useful as we go about not only London, but the other major cities on our itinerary, especially Rome. During our time in London we will be staying at the Celtic Hotel in the heart of London, two minutes from Russell Station, six minutes from the British Museum.
In the upcoming days, we will be continuing our tour of London. We will visit the former home of poet John Keats, and Harrow School, where George Gordon (Lord Byron) went to school. Beyond our Romantic poets, however, the city has a rich history for us to explore, and we will be visiting Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Wesley’s café - a Methodist hall turned air raid shelter turned restaurant - and a river boat cruise on the Thames. As you can see, our trip is off to a busy and exciting start. The next day we will see the Millenium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. There’s much to look forward to in these next days. You can expect our next letter this weekend.
Jonathan, Emma, and Grant.