Today was spent sightseeing in London followed by our second game.
Our first stop was Horse Guards Parade where we saw the mounted troopers of the Horseguard Cavalry. We walked by Downing Street, where the Prime Minister lives, and the Red Lion, a pub frequented by Winston Churchill because it was between Parliament and Downing Street. We stopped at Parliament and the clock tower that houses Big Ben (in case you didn't already know, Big Ben is the bell inside the clock, not the name of the actual clock tower). Westminster Abby is right next door so we split into two groups and each went for a tour with our tour guide Tim. He told us about the Westminster School for Boys, located next door, would haze themselves by spending a night in the Abby with the ghosts and in the morning would carve their names in the Coronation Chair to prove they were there and survived the night. A mass began while we were inside, as it's still used for services despite all the heavy foot traffic. We saw the tombs of Queen Mary of Scots, Queen Mary I, Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VII and many other monarchs are buried.
Our next stop was the Buckingham Palace. The Union Jack was raised on top - to signal that the Queen is in fact in London.
We loaded up our bus (also called a coach here in London) and headed out to our game. Tonight we played the English Development Team, which is one level below the Senior National Team. However tonight they were using the game was part of the try-out to make the national team, so the players were trying to impress. We had another great crowed at Wyncombe Abbey despite it being another chilly night. Tonight though we were more prepared and wore many more layers and bought some scarves and clothes when we had some free time in between group visits to Westminster Abbey. We had a great game and won 20-2. Afterwards we had some tea and snacks with the team and exchanged some gifts.
Tomorrow is our final day in London and will be a busy one. We have a game in the morning and then we attend a Premiere League football match between Everton and Fullham. A traditional fish & chips dinner at an English pub will cap off our final night.
Q & A with Annie Woehling
What was the best part of Day 6?
I really liked Westminster Abbey. I enjoyed being in a smaller group and hearing Tim about all the history and everything, like how prestigious it is to be buried there. I had a lot of fun playing because I think it's a nice way to wrap up our days here.
Is it weird to play on a turf field that's covered in sand?
I'm a goalie so it's not as crucial for me to have solid footing because I'm on the balls of my feet anyways. But I think it's really hard, especially for our attackers to be able to get a good dodge. We did the best we good with the circumstances. But it was interesting to from our fieldturf to this sand that was kind of freezing over, so it was like running on an ice rink. But it was fine because the other team had to deal with it too.
What are you most excited to see tomorrow?
I'm really excited for the soccer game. I love watching soccer. I think it's the one sport that requires the most athleticism, I think it's really cool to watch. So I think we'll have a good time with that. And I'm really excited for our dinner at a traditional English Pub.