It seems like a long time ago now, but we wanted to put something up about our trip to London to obtain US Visas. We were under the impression form everything we had read that the children would need to be with us in person when we presented at the US Embassy, so we decided to make a short break of it. I’ve worked a lot in London these past few years and the children were always eager to hear about what it was like, so they were excited at the chance to see it for themselves.
Here are some of the highlights in pictures…
One of this highlights for all of us was a visit to the Natural History Museum. We knew the kids would enjoy this, but we hadn’t anticipated just how much. Joshua, in particular, was so excited, bouncing from one glass display to the next and shouting “Look! A dinosaur egg! Look! A sea sponge!”. We’ve noticed that Josh has a real interest in science and seems to retain scientific facts well and analyse things. We were thrilled to see all of the kids enjoying this educational experience so much, but especially Josh.
We were dreading the train journeys a little – 3 hours on a busy train with 5 little ones could have been disastrous. What’s more, for the train ride home, we had been booked into THE QUIET CARRIAGE!
We were really pleased though – the kids were amazing. They do seem to sense when they need to co-operate and we remembered back to our trip to Disneyland Paris a few years back where the kids, who were obviously quite a bit younger, following a flight, a train journey and a bus ride, walked a couple of miles through a Paris suburb, pulling their ‘trunkie’ suitcases, not complaining.
We explained that only whispers are allowed in the Quiet Carriage and to our astonishment, it worked! I’m pretty sure the Percy Pigs helped too…
As it happened, the children didn’t need to be there in person to obtain visas… after buying train tickets and accommodation for the whole family, waiting in line, then waiting some more, the US official who interviewed us opened with “You know you didn’t have to bring the children, right?”. Maybe we didn’t have to, but we were glad that we did anyway.