I guess you can't say we were up bright and early because it was still dark when we got up at 4:45 a.m., to get our 7:30 a.m., flight from Malta to London. We met our new tour guide Tim and boarded our bus, checking out the sights along the way into the center of the city.
Our first stop was to the Tower of London. It was really great to hear all about the bloody history of the country and learned about how the tower was both a residence and a prison. We were able to walk through different towers and hear the history of what happened in each. Where Kings lived, where Ann Boleyn was held in Bloody Tower, where Lady Jane Grey was beheaded on Tower Green, etc.
We then took a riverboat cruise on the Thames and got an entirely different perspective of the city, and learned about the bridges of the city. London Bridge, which has been rebuilt six times is often confused with Tower Bridge. The boat tour director told us Lake Havasu, Arizona purchased the last London bridge in the 1970s and were disappointed when the bridge arrived and it was just a plain old bridge and not the bridge with the towers on the end.
Our boat ended at Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abby. We plan on seeing all these sites tomorrow, but had to get our bus to head to our game.
The bus ride to Wycombe Abby was a bit longer than expected because it was rush hour headed out of the city. It is a lot colder in London than we anticipated. After being in Malta it was an adjustment. Jumping up and down on the sidelines to stay warm, seeing our breath as we lined up on the field. But we heated things up when we took an immediate lead of the English Senior National Team. We played great and ended up winning 10-5. Afterwards we had tea and snacks with the team and were able to converse with them a bit.
We headed back to London to check into our new home for the next few days, Thistle Barbican.
Q & A with Liz Cutting and Mary Kate Sivilli
MK: Slept. We were asleep before we took off.
What was the most interesting thing you saw on our bit of sightseeing today?
Liz: The boat cruise was really cool. Not many cities in America, besides NYC, have waterways through it and it was interesting to see from that perspective.
MK: The White Tower at the Tower of London.
How was it playing against the English, and facing competition other than yourselves in practice?
Liz: It was change of pace. It was a different type of lacrosse and I think we adjusted well to it and it was a good experience.
MK: It was fun playing against the other team, another country and it was cool to hang out with them afterwards.
Was the lacrosse they played any different than the way you are used to?
MK: I thought it was pretty similar but some things like when we were on the defense side they were two inches from us and but when the ball is on the attack side we give them much more room.
Liz: I think their attack is a little more predictable than American lacrosse.
What are you most excited to see tomorrow:
MK & Liz: Buckingham Palace