Friday, May 30, 2014
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Saturday, May 17, 2014
The four most important people buried here is Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Of course, most everyone should know who the first three are but no one knows who the Unknown Soldier is, hence the name of the tomb. He is an unidentified soldier that represents all the men that gave their lives for their country in World War I. He was the last person to get buried in Westminster Abbey in 1920. It is estimated that there are about 3,000 people buried in tombs under Westminster Abbey. Most all of the stone stairs in the Abbey are worn down several inches. It’s astonishing to think how many people have walked through the halls and up and down the stairs since 1065, just as we did today.
After our tour at the Abbey, Michaela, Jessica, Mary and I went to the London Tower. This is where the Crown Jewels were kept until they tower was destroyed along with all the Crown Jewels. Several beheadings had taken place here. It is believed that the Tower of London is haunted. Our tour guide for the Westminster Abbey told us that her father’s friend was a soldier there. One night he was guarding the front of the tower when a ghostly figure of a horse and carriage appeared and it was coming straight at him. Although it is a serious punishment for a guard to leave his post, the man ran away and abandoned his post. I’m afraid I would have done the same thing.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Another difference is the culture. In the states we do have a wide variety of cultures and many different languages are spoken. Just in London alone, it is estimated that there is roughly 300 different languages used. That is a very large amount in a geographically small area. I do not know of an area in the US that speaks that many languages. I have noticed that it is very difficult to communicate with anyone here in London. When I speak to people here, I swear everyone I talk to has a different English accent.