27 June 1995

After landing, we boarded raced through security, grabbed our bags, and met the bus that took us to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Wax replicas went from Roger Moore to Gandhi. Many celebrities, movie stars, and political leaders were set to wax.

(Note: This and tomorrow’s posts are photo-heavy. The rest of the travel journal won’t have so many at once.)

Another frenzied lunch had Mr. S____, Justin M____, and I separated. We had to ride a educational ride to, guess where, a planetarium. We finally made it out and the bus driver took us on a tour. We checked into the Clarendon Hotel in London and went to Café Greenwich Park for lunch dinner.

A group meeting was held then we returned to the hotel.





  • bus = coach
  • elevator = lift
  • give way = yield
  • truck = lorry
  • napkin = serviette


– driving on other side of road on other side of car

– license plates, on each end like bumper stickers. Back yellow, front white.

Future Ryan says: I was very excited to arrive in Heathrow. I was in Europe! On the coach ride from the airport, we were given a crash course in British coinage. If I were as much a coin geek then as I am now, I would have paid a lot more attention to the coins that I encountered on the whole trip.

Before the Tussauds franchise expanded to the US market, this was a premier museum to see, but I was bothered by this choice as our first stop. It just didn’t say London to me, not as much as the 1,500 years of history around the city did. Here we were in one of the world’s oldest and largest cities, capital of an empire, and we were gawking at fake celebs. Ick.

Speaking of ick, the cafe we dined at was situated on the Prime Meridian. The thing I remember most was that the chicken entree arrived below room temperature. Haven’t these so-called civilized Brits discovered fire yet? It was the first of several instances of cold chicken that was to taint my London adventure.

And here is the first major nugget of my language observations. As the famous quote goes, "America and England are two nations separated by a common language".


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