On the 22nd of October we went to London.
We had to wake up at 11.00 and arrived at Youth Zone at 12.00.
Our first train ride was from Blackburn to Preston. When we arrived at Preston in 20 minutes and then took another train from Preston to London.
When we were about to board our train we were yelled at and told to get off because we “arrived too late”, which was absolute rubbish because if the workers hadn’t stopped us we’d be on our train in time. Anyway, we waited for another train to arrive which took us to London. It was a six hour journey.
When we arrived at London, we were unsure as to how we were going to get to our house (where we were gonna stay in whilst in London). We ended up just walking there, when we arrived we all went to our rooms and unpacked a little.
After that we went into Leicester City using the tubes, where we went to eat. The tubes were very scary at first but we got used to them by the end of the trip. We explored Leicester City.
We went to some Lego shop where we took some pictures and even visited an M&M shop, where me Fatimah and Zunairah took a lot of pictures.
After a long day we went home. We lost some of the group on the way home and went to Sainsburys to do some shopping, whilst they made their own way home.
When we arrived at the house we all went to sleep. Me, Zunairah, Fatimah and Jess were in one room whilst Imaan and Nat were in another room.
The next morning we woke up at 7.00am to pray. At 8.00 we went downstairs to have breakfast. For breakfast I had my yoghurt and some proper desi bread that Zainab made for us. After breakfast, we went to Buckingham Palace where we saw crowds of people. As I was born short and will die short, Imaan put me on her back so I could see what was going on behind gates. After this, we had to make our way through the crowd to get to the Parliament House. We arrived there with the intention of interviewing Kate Hollern’s secretary (‘Kate Dove’) who said that there had been a diary mix up and couldn’t meet either Kates. Because of this we were extremely upset, some were really angry and some were holding back a few tears.
Despite this, we still tried to make the most out of our day and went sightseeing. We visited Downing Street and the River Thames.
Opposite Downing Street we saw a protest which we also joined, they were protesting against the conflicts in Kashmir and they were protesting against the Concentration Camps which Muslims are being sent to in China.
When we went to River Thames we walked on London Bridge, where Zunairah and Jess nearly broke down, because of their fear of bridges.
After River Thames we went home and didn’t go out again until night, when we went to eat food. After we ate food, we came back home and went to bed. Some of the group decided to go out again that night and the Strong Sisters stayed at home. For me, that was the best part of the trip. We went to sleep peacefully that night. We woke up early in the morning again and went out for the last time to eat. After we ate, we explored Covent Gardens where me, Zunairah, Fatimah and Zainab went to explore the markets.
Although I was very tired I still got up to enjoy the rest of the time we had in London, unlike some people who were being so moody I just couldn’t be bothered with them.
After this, we went back home to pack our stuff and made our way to the train station using the tubes. From the tubes station we made our way to the train station. We arrived in Preston where we took another train to Blackburn, where we all separated and went home.