Friday, 17 September 2010

A Survival Guide to Pilgrimage

Whether you're off to Hyde Park tomorrow or coaching it to Cofton Park on Sunday, here are a few tips that I picked up today after my immense day at Westminster Abbey:

1. If you have a driving licence, bring it as well as your passport- it has your address on it and it's better to be safe than sorry.

2. Tickets are a handy thing to have on you well before you get to security checks, just to save time.

3. Bring something that won't take up too much space but will keep you occupied (you may have long periods of time with nothing specific to do).

4. SHOES!!! I made the mistake of wanting to wear heels all day- I've destroyed my feet. Converses or trainers are definitely the way forward.

5. Another mistake of the day- DON'T bring lots of stuff- bare essentials to get you through the day- phone, ID, ticket, pilgrim pack, water, money.

6. The police are incredibly friendly and very helpful- if you're lost don't be shy. They are there to help.

7. London weather is unpredictable and by the time we leave Hyde Park it will be freezing. So thermals would probably be a good idea.

8. Be prepared to see protests. We live in a country where freedom of speech is important so carry on about your day (God loves everyone even if they don't love Him).

9. Get to queues EARLY. 3 hours before the evening prayer started there was a queue that was snaping round Westminster Hall.

10. Avoid jewellery and metal things (I'd packed a brolley, keys, deodrant, bangles, a long pretty necklace...). No one is going to be eyeing you up and it will make the Police's job easier when you go through metal detectors.

Whatever you're up to and where ever you are this weekend- God bless!

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