To the Prime Meridian
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Phil had the idea of taking a boat down the Thames and getting off at Greenwich, to see the sites there. I had never even thought of doing such a thing, it was a great idea. So, we walked from the hostel just a couple minutes to a boat dock, and caught a ferry to Greenwich. On the way we got to see lots of neat sites, like an obelisk from Egypt (after having been in Egypt, it's cool to know where these came from and how much it means that they were given away), Shakepeare's Globe Theatre, the Cutty Sark (famous clipper), and to go under the Tower Bridge.
One of the boat operators actually took the time to tell us about these sites and point out some that we would otherwise have missed. That made the boat ride that much nicer. We jumped off the boat at Greenwich and took a walk through the town. We made our way up to the observatory where famous people like sir Edmond Halley did a lot of his stargazing. Astronomy has always fascenated me...just something about the fact that God made all those stars just for us to look at.
Of course, also at Greenwich is the Prime Meridian. Although I'd crossed over it a few times already on this trip, I still acted like it was the coolest thing to cross over. Phil graciously took some pictures of me looking like a moron. We also got some shots of the Queen's Palace here and checked out some of the parks.