Monday, May 19, 2014

Day 5 - Goodbye London, Hello Swansea!

This morning, Session 1 had to be up and ready for breakfast by 7 am so that we could be ready for the bus that was coming at 8:30 am. Breakfast was good, and we were all ready to go by 8 am, but there were some complications with the charter bus. We ended up waiting about two hours for the bus to arrive, which was fine, but we were rushed to get to our activities the rest of the day.

When the bus arrived, we headed to go pick up the Session 2 group from the airport. We were all so excited to see each other again! We shared our stories of London with Session 2 as we headed to Hampton Court. Hampton Court was a vacation spot for King Henry VIII and was a really cool place. We learned about him throughout the building and got to see the beautiful gardens outside the building--absolutely gorgeous!

We then headed to the Roman Baths. They were not going to let us in because we were late for our reservation, but Eric was very suave and was able to get all 35 of us in to see the Baths. The tour was really awesome! I wish we would’ve had more time to stop and listen to all the stories at each station throughout the tour, but it was still a good learning experience and great to see. As we were waiting for everyone outside the Roman Bath, we ran into another group from UNI for the London/Ireland trip.

Next, we were finally on our way to Swansea! Once we arrived, we split into sessions because we had two different hotels for the next two nights. Also, Session 2 would either relax from their long day of traveling or get to know each other a little better before our journey starts up again tomorrow. We all got settled into our rooms, and some of us stayed in to relax while others went out to explore more of Swansea. All in all, today was a good day of travel and sightseeing!