On June 6, 2013, all WISC Students went to London for a day trip. We left at 8 in the morning and got back at about 8 that night. First, Brian gave us a tour of the town, partly on the bus, but mostly by foot. We saw a lot of the major highlights, such as Westminster Abbey, Olympic sites, the World War II memorials, and other things. Now, of course, he could not show us everything because London is just too big for that. Afterwards, he gave us time to explore on our own. We went to the Churchill War Rooms. I am just beginning to realize how colossal of a figure Winston is! England takes great pride in its World War II victory, and many things in London attest to that.
After that, we went to Westminster Abbey, which was absolutely beautiful. I must admit though, that after some time, I get weary of seeing very similar art and sculpture. Too much beauty at one time can be overwhelming, and very valuable things can lose their value. Nonetheless, it is a very beautiful place, and I am so glad I went in there, despite the fifteen pounds it costs. Nonetheless, I do see a problem with all that money, time, and talent invested in art. This is, after all, a church. I can see why the Reformers broke off from the Catholic Church. These people do not seem concerned with justice or the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. They seem more concerned with empty notions of honor and glory as conveyed through art.
After we got through with Westminster Abbey we did not have that much time left to do anything, so we just walked around London. We saw the London Eye, and we took pictures on the bridge by the Thames River. We also went to Trafalgar Square, then went back to the bus to go back to Oxford.