Saturday evening, January 10, 2014

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After supper last night, the students felt we needed to work harder on assuring our luggage was found and hopefully on its way.  So we decided the British Musuem and the night sights of Central London could wait.  We called the airlines and corrected some information in their files and added more information.  The airline representative was confident and assuring that the luggage would be on its way shortly if it wasn’t already.

This morning we shopped for essentials to enable us to go several more days, if necessary, without our checked luggage.  When we regathered at the Hostel after lunch, the Hostel desk clerk informed us the airlines had called and said our bags had arrived would be delivered by courier probably by late afternoon but certainly by the end of the day.  The relief was palpable; our emotions virtually giddy!

With a light step, we set off for the Tower of London.  Our Yeoman Warder (“Beefeater”) regaled us with historic tales of the Tower including imprisonments, torture and executions.  We saw the Crown Jewels.  Let me just apologize to everyone now should any of these students return to the U.S. with a new standard by which they judge fine jewelry.  At 6:00 p.m., we attended the First Mass of Sunday at Westminster Cathedral.  For many students, it was the first time they had been in an ornate Catholic Cathedral and witnessed some of the Catholic rituals, customs and Mass.  By the end of supper, everyone had received their checked luggage; our 72 hours without some things we judged to be essentials had created some anxiety, but also demonstrated everyone could deal quite well with the unexpected.

Photographs, L to R: A-Yeoman Warder leading tour of Tower of London, B-Westminster Cathedral


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