@GW_WBB in Europe Day 1 - London

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Greetings from London! 

We landed here a little before 9 a.m. London time, which was 4 a.m. back in D.C. We tried to get some sleep during the six-and-a-half hour flight, but needless to say we're a little tired.

Today was a relatively light day thanks to our jet lag and a bit of rain - it is London after all. After meeting our tour guides, Joey and Leo, at the airport, we boarded the bus and headed for downtown. It was really strange to be driving on the "wrong side of the road! On the way, we learned that London is the biggest city in Europe with a population of about 8-9 million, and has both the tallest building and the most expensive apartment in Europe - it recently sold for £120 million - or $240 million!

We drove past Knightsbridge, a ritzy area with really expensive stores like Harrod's, and through Picadilly Circus, London's version of Times square, before arriving at Leicester Square. London's entertainment center, Leicester Square has been dubbed "Theatreland," with cinemas and theaters lining the surrounding streets.

We walked through Leicester Square to get to Trafalgar Square, named for the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain. In Trafalgar Square, we officially tipped off our foreign tour with a trivia game prepared by academic advisor Sarah-Jo Lawrence and senior Bria Bourgeois (more from Bria later). After a spirited competition, which was won by the team captained by Leigh Tsipis, Coach Tsipis' wife, we took some pictures around the square and even ran into a familiar face - a statue of George Washington! - before moving on to Covent Garden and splitting up for lunch on our own.

Unfortunately the rain began after lunch so we headed back to the hotel early for a little rest and much-needed showers, then got ready for our welcome dinner at Steak & Co, a restaurant which serves its steaks medium rare on hot brick stones. If customers want their steak more well-done, they can allow it to cook further in front of them on the stones!

We're looking forward to our first guided tour tomorrow, which should include a chance to see the famous Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace.

Check out what Bria had to say about the first day of our trip below, and be sure to check out the video recapphoto gallery and Facebook album.

Don't forget you can also follow us on social media throughout the trip! Check us out on Twitter (@GW_WBB) and Instagram (GW_WBB) and at the hashtag #EuroColonials.

Don't forget you can also follow us on social media throughout the trip! Check us out on Twitter (@GW_WBB) and Instagram (GW_WBB) and at the hashtag #EuroColonials.

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Senior Bria Bourgeois gives her takethe Colonials' first day in London. 

After a full night of travel, WE FINALLY MADE IT! The first stop on our 10-day tour is London. While we will be here for a total of three days, we spent the first day touoring the city. We were all SO EXCITED! You know we had to make an appearance at the famous Trafalgar Square to see all of the buildings, statues and massive crowds of people! It was definitely a sight to see - street performers everywhere! We even took a few minutes to play a game that tested everyone's knowledge on the history of London. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with everything they knew!

We ended our night with a nice steak dinner at Steak & Co. They had some of the best calamari and fried chicken legs I've ever had - it pretty much melted in your mouth. For our main course we got to see the "British way" of eating steak, which is a little bit different, but interesting to say the least. The slab of meat is brought out to you on an extremely hot stone, which allows you to cook your steak EXACTLY how you like it. You know how you know the steak was amazing? It needed absolutely no steak sauce. Amazing! And for dessert, a delicious piece of Rocky Road. Wow. I have to say, our first meal in London was one of the books!

Until tomorrow,

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