|The London 2012 countdown clock,|
Trafalgar Square, London
The team had tickets to go to the Antarctica Exhibition, The Heart of the Great Alone, in the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
So, for the first time, they spent the weekend in London and had a fantastic time.
On Saturday, they queued for 4 hours 45 minutes. Yes, you did read that correctly - 285 minutes, outside the Royal Academy in order to visit the David Hockney Exhibition - A Bigger Picture.
Jake was introduced to the concept of long hours standing in a snaking line, chatting to strangers, experiencing the delights of Pret a Manger sandwiches (a real delight), filling in activity books and watching 'Fast Track' and pre-booked ticket holders stroll past with a carefree air.
Nic & Philip are still not sure whether they convinced him that standing in a queue was part of the whole experience and would really make the whole day more memorable.
However, the exhibition was fantastic! The size and bold colours of the canvasses really made an impact.
The following day the team found themselves surrounded by inspirational sights and sounds.
The Heart of the Great Alone was an exhibition of photographs from the famous Scott and Shackleton Expeditions to the Antarctic.
Both men and their teams were incredibly brave, determined and inspirational. The photographs are stunning and the stories of the expeditions are extraordinary. Shackleton's Endurance expedition and the amazing rescue and survival of him and all his team after the Endurance was shipwrecked is truly incredible.
|Jake standing in front of a photograph of|
|In the gallery reading about the rescue of Shackleton's men|
from Elephant Island
What a fantastic, inspirational day!
|Jake waiting to meet|
Sir Steve Redgrave