Hello From The United Kingdom! Us Buckeyes landed safely across the pond in the wee hours this fine Monday morning. While our day was full of persistent yawns and casual cat naps on the bus; we all did our best to soak up as much history and knowledge that came our way during our various tours.
After arriving at the airport, we were joined by fellow Ag Communicators from The University of Arkansas and The University of Tennessee. Over the next two weeks- Buckeyes, Razorbacks and Vols will be making their way through The United Kingdom in hopes to understand the agriculture industry more deeply on a global scale. While we have many upcoming agriculture related tours and events, today we played the part of a classic London tourists.
Our first stop was at the historic London Tower. The fortress was built in the 1070’s, its architecture is full of history and its walls whisper stories of the past. The Tower holds the infamous Crown Jewels that are guarded meticulously by former military members called, “Beef Eaters” ….(Don’t ask us how they got the name). These guards watch over the Queen’s precious jewels and also protect the fortress.
“I found it very interesting that the Beef Eaters actually take residence in the fortress,” said Shae Leeper, a Junior studying agriculture communication.
Our next and final stop was none other than Kensington Palace. Home to many famous monarchs, this palace has withstood the test of time. Kensington is currently occupied by Prince William and his wife Kate, along with their three children. Inside the palace was an exhibit surrounding Queen Victoria’s life, as she is one of the most famous and influential English queens of all-time. The exhibits showed her childhood to her beloved jewels to her mourning wardrobe she wore after her Husband Arthur died. Kensington also paid tribute to Princess Diana, by displaying some of her famous ensembles and portraits. After combing through all the history in the palace, we went and explored the lively and luscious Kensington Gardens.
Everywhere you looked beautiful greenery was splashed across the landscape, along with colorful blooms. I stood for a moment in the famous garden and thought of all the historic people who may have enjoyed this heavenly oasis. I wondered if its beauty gave them a sense of joy as it did for me. The Gardens were my personal favorite part of the activities we took part in today.
While it is only the first day of many here in The United Kingdom, I am extremely eager to soak up as much of its culture as I possibly can in the days to come.
Check back tomorrow for another Buckeye giving their update concerning our trip!
Below are pictured captured by Emily showcasing our activities