How Londoners Fight Terrorism

While Danny and I prepared for our trip to Europe, we heard about the terrorist attack in Manchester, England. Our whole vacation started with London at its heart. I would attend the Bloggers Bash on June 10th.

We didn’t change our plans.

Instead, we drove from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland when I noticed London trending on Twitter. To be honest, a second terrorist attack so soon after Manchester gave me pause. Was it an outbreak?

We didn’t change our plans.

After a fabulous week in Scotland, we flew to Gatwick airport and took the train to London. I wondered if police presence would be everywhere. Would any of the tourist attractions be open? Would we have to stick around the neighborhood of the Wellington Hotel?

The fabulous Bloggers Bash was the next day. We planned to take London by storm on Sunday. I brought my most comfortable walking shoes. I wanted to see Buckingham Palace, check out my buddy, Chuck, I mean Charles Dickens’ haunts, and go to Covent Gardens.

As soon as we walked out of Victoria’s station, I was struck by the number of cute little children, dressed to impress.

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And just like that, I was over any doubt or fear.

Of course, we didn’t change our plans.

When I asked people in London how they felt about safety, they all said, “We have to live their lives.” One man said, “Americans are scaredy cats.” True that. I was, but not anymore.

My suggestion to Americans?

Travel to London or Paris or wherever you want. It’s the only way we win. Terrorists want to destroy our way of life. When we change our plans because we’re afraid, they win.

Have you changed your vacation plans because of recent events? Would you?

72 thoughts on “How Londoners Fight Terrorism

  1. Susie, I’m so heartened by your and the Londoners’ attitude about going on with living our lives! On our Great Divide Mountain Bike Route adventure, we experienced the 5.8 earthquake in Montana, and were inspired by how resilient the people in Lincoln, MT, at the epicenter, went on with good cheer and humor.

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    • Wow! That’s a big earthquake!
      I just had a tremor here, a small heart attack since I accidentally published this post. Ha!
      Yes, I don’t think anyone cancelled their Bloggers Bash plans because of safety issues. It was probably the safest place to be after the recent events.

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  2. I would still travel to places I wanted to go, but my destinations would not include some countries that I might have visited 30 years ago. Most African countries are off my travel list, as are middle east countries, but I think most other places are still okay.

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  3. I went to Africa to teach information technology and got caught in the war in Rwanda. My Mom & I had prayed for my protection before I left and I reminded Mom of what Harriet Tubman told Frederick Douglass. He warned her about traveling and talking about abolition ing slavery. She asked him, ” is God dead?” I believe, so I travel.

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  4. I’ve never changed my plans because of terrorism but my company once did. Since the largest terrorism attack happened in America, I can’t imagine someplace more dangerous than where I am now.

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    • I’m with you. We just keep on keeping on until it’s our time. We are all more likely to die of a car wreck.
      We had a wonderful vacation. I hope this message touches those who consider canceling their trips.

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  5. So glad you did what you did (i.e., didn’t change your plans) and blogged about it. We need to hear more of these stories. Besides, with the amount of violence within our borders in the U.S. perpetrated by our own citizens, the better question might be why more of us don’t travel to get away from the dangers here.

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    • So true! There are crazy people everywhere.
      We do need to get the word out. Right now, politicians use fear in all kinds of manipulative ways. I’m so over it. Gotta book those flights! BTW, they have never been cheaper!
      Thanks so much, Audrey!

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  6. Nope, not a chance….but I have to tell you getting through security in Chicago Sunday was awful….it was if they were searching for something or someone. Almost missed my flight. I don’t have plans to go to Europe at least until next summer, or beyond. You are right, when we change what we do because something MIGHT happen, we give in and give over control of our lives to something smaller than myself – fear. we must live life and trust that all is well. Peace.

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  7. I wouldn’t change my plans – as so many people here have said, if stuff happens, it happens, and we have to live our lives. True for a lot of the risks we have to face, terrorism or otherwise. (Here in NZ it’s mostly to do with earthquakes, unless the Taupo Volcano decides to ‘blow’ again).

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  8. I agree with you! I am moving to London soon, and some people have told me that it’s unsafe. But the risk of getting run over by a car is still much larger than that of a terrorist attack, and you’re right – if we change our plans, they win.

    Kathrin — mycupofenglishtea.wordpress.com

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  9. The terrorist threat, especially in Europe, does give me pause. Having said that, if an all-expense paid trip were dropped in my lap, I think I could overcome any fear.

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    • Think about how many people have died there in the last year. Then compare it to a year in Chicago. You would be safer there! Let me know when you win that trip! I would go back in a heartbeat.

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  10. Londoners and indeed all of GB have dealt with ‘terror’ in its various forms for centuries, and centuries, and centuries, and … 😀

    One of my favourite photos to come out of the whole issue was a WWII picture of a woman sitting on top of a pile of rubble, debris from the blitz with a tin mug of tea in her hand. Everything was grey and broken, but there she was, calmly drinking her mug of tea. 🙂

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    • That is the quintessential English woman if one has ever been described. Love it! I read “All who are brave are forgiven,” and the women in that book were the same. A calm naivety on the outside concealing their inner brute strength.

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  11. Great piece on encouraging everyone to keep on keeping on. It is the way we win in the face of hate.
    I flew not long after 9-11 and friends thought me crazy . But I wasn’t letting territorists change the way I live. And if it’s my time to go- then it’s my time to go. I’d rather go down living than hiding.
    Great read !

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    • Thanks so much, C!
      The amount of Londoners and tourists out for a Sunday stroll was a sign that terror won’t win. That’s great that you flew so soon. We traveled to Panama shortly after and went through crazy security for the first time. I’m so glad we went when we had the chance.

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    • There you go, Matt! The terrorist stats are similar to shark attacks. I think most people have absurd notion they’re in control of their lives and don’t want to give it up. Every time we drive, we take a risk.
      I would love to go to Turkey!

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    • Hey, Catherine! Great to “see” you!
      Thank you! I wish we could’ve stayed longer. The people there were such an inspiration and it was only a week after the attack on London Bridge.

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  12. Glad you stuck with your plans. The chances of anything bad happening are so tiny, and you’d regret missing your chance to visit some wonderful places later on.

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  16. I love this post. The BF and I travelled to Paris only a few months after the Bataclan events and there was a bomb scare at the Eiffel Tower while we were there but we visited the next morning anyway. And travel to Berlin days after the Christmas Market attacks, and we didn’t regret it. Berliners were so welcoming! Like you say, if we change our plans, they win… And I don’t want them to win.

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