Our ECC Abroad group of merry travelers made it safely "across the pond" from RDU Airport to London Heathrow. We left the Tarboro campus in high spirits and were taken by motorcoach to RDU. Our nonstop flight from RDU took a little over seven hours, but we had fun sharing stories and the group was given a warm welcome and acknowledgment over the PA system from the flight crew. After being greeted by our Globus tour representatives and checking into our hotel, we have had a full day of free time to fan across the city. After being given suggestions and maps of the city from the helpful Globus assistants and hotel concierge staff, we toured independently today. Some of us opted to tour a few of the London museums, others chose to explore the nearby shops and restaurants, while a few of us took a London "double decker" tour bus to explore famous sites, such as the London Eye and Big Ben (see picture). We are all excited for the busy days ahead of sightseeing.