We got up early to have breakfast and prepare our packed lunch. Our first duty for the day was to help with the Flag Ceremony along with the group from the Philippines. We organised everyone into two lines then we marched into a circle around the flagpole. We helped Hannah to raise the World Flag and the Pax Lodge flag and then we sang the World Song.
The activity planned for that day was "Challenges Across London". We had three choices - Monopoly, Harry Potter and Turn Back Time. All the challenges looked really interesting but we finally decided to sign up for the Monopoly one. We had a big group of 22 girls and Leaders, but it was the 11 of us Guides who had to make all the decisions! We set off into Central London with our tube maps, challenge booklets and confused faces. It was really fun figuring out the Underground system and we managed to tick off King's Cross station, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, and The Strand. Along the way we completed lots of small challenges including counting souvenir shops, visiting the Queen in Hamleys Toy Store (although she was made of Lego), squashing into a red phone box, helping out a street performer and re-enacting our favourite movie on Leicester Square (we tried to imitate Finding Nemo but...).
Early on we gave up on the street maps and started asking policemen, locals and shop assistants for directions and advice - much quicker and way more fun! Our last stop of the day was Abbey Road where we attempted, in peak London traffic, to recreate the iconic Beatles album cover. We ended up with a lot more people in our photo! At the end of the challenge, one of the American Leader's Fitbit told us we had walked over 10 miles, which included hundreds of stairs up and down the Underground, so we were exhausted.
We arrived back at Pax Lodge at 4.30pm but there was no time to waste - a quick shower and into our good clothes before heading out again to our 5.30pm dinner, then straight on to the theatre to see the musical Wicked! The other half of the group went to see Phantom of the Opera. The shows were brilliant and everyone had a really good night.
~ Clodagh Butler and Nia Daly, Kinsale, Co. Cork