Hello from London!

We arrived in London on Monday morning, after a red-eye flight, and were welcomed by our wonderful hosts Jen, Coz and their family. After a quick breakfast we headed out to London. Our first stop was Westminster Abbey, and on our way over we saw Big Ben and Parliament. After a couple hours at Westminster Abbey, we walked along the Thames to  The Tower of London. We stopped at the Tate Modern on the way, and also saw the London Eye, The Globe Theater, Diagon Alley, and Tower Bridge. After a long day of sightseeing we headed back for a lovely family dinner, and finally caught up on sleep.

Today, we woke up well rested and ready to see London again. We left for London in the morning and headed to our second host in the city. We are tremendously thankful for the wonderful hospitality we received over the past two days! Candy welcomed us into her home, and we were fortunate enough to meet her two daughters and three grandchildren. We then walked through Hyde Park, and saw the Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine, Speaker’s Corner, and the Marble Arch. Then, we hoped on a double-decker bus and headed toward Buckingham Palace. After a quick stop along the Keningston Gardens, we walked to the tube stop and back home for a quick rest. In the evening we went to the Sloane Club for drinks with the Smith College Club of England. It was great to meet everyone and talk a little about our swim. We are looking forward to arriving in Dover tomorrow and going for a quick swim in the Harbor!

At the Sloane Club with the Smith College Club

Buckingham Palace

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

Tower Bridge



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16 responses to “Hello from London!

  1. Rebecca Chazin


  2. Karen B

    What an adventure! Enjoy every bit of it- step by step now- stroke by stroke soon! Have fun, smile, be strong, and remember that there is always more toothpaste left in the tube! All the best, Karen B

  3. Tom Whitney

    Have a great time. we will be cheering for you. My Mom and Tom.

  4. Kelsey Swensen

    So glad you got there safely and are enjoying your sightseeing! GOOD LUCK and lots of love, as always!

  5. Russell Reim

    Ola Emma,
    We will be “following you” from California as you follow your heart.
    Victoria, Cassia & Russell

  6. Anne Weld-Martin

    Hi Mackenzie,

    We’re all closely following your blog, since the link was put in our church newsletter. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Great pictures! We’re all praying for both of you in the days ahead.

    Love and blessings,
    Anne and your Mt. Home church family

  7. Christine Dzialo

    Sounds like you are having an amazing time! THinking of you ladies!!! 🙂

  8. Adrienne

    Yay you’re doing so much!!Have the best time ever!!! <3333

  9. Evelina

    Hi, Mackenzie!! Glad you have this opportunity and know that it’s a blessing from God. Hope your swim wil be awesome and have fun doing it too. Will be praying for you.

  10. Carol Zaleski

    Your friends in the Religion Department are rooting for you!

  11. charles reim

    hope u2 are having a great time,hope you have time to make the swimmmm.

    grammy and grampy

  12. Melissa and Dan Tetreault

    We are so thrilled for your opportunity – have fun! Enjoy every minute……these are the best days!!!

  13. Lots of English Heritage folks are following your amazing progress. You’re nearly there!!
    Emily Gee ’96

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