Lets Play Catch-Up

We are currently sitting at the Starbucks in Stratford-upon-Avon taking advantage of their free wifi. Our first hurdle of the trip was the loss of internet at the hotel. We went into disconnect mode – no phone, no computer…and no facebook! Anyway…here’s what has happened since we’ve left Columbus.

Our thoughts from the flight: We were pleasantly surprised by our dinner on the flight. Chicken with rice and vegetables, rolls, salad and even a crunch brownie. YUMMY! As much as we LOVED and talked about our delicious meal, no one else in the class seemed to agree with our opinion. We have heard many complaints. Also, breakfast was scrumptious – warm cranberry-orange muffin top with OJ!  This one everyone enjoyed 🙂

Our experience at the hotel: First, we were amused that the beds in the hotel room were two, small twin beds pushed together. How fitting since we are both short and petite. Next, the toilets in England are very difficult to flush…a hurdle the whole class has faced. Breakfast was also a bit of a shock…standard items like eggs and toast, but also roasted tomatoes and baked beans!!

Our tours: Since landing, we have been very busy! Yesterday we got off the plane and were greeted by Vince, our charter bus driver while in Stratford-upon-Avon. So far, he has taken us to see Winston Churchill’s grave, the town of Oxford, Holy Trinity Church, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, William Shakespeare’s birthplace and beautiful scenery in between trips. Tonight we will all be gathering in the hotel pub to hang out with Vince and his wife. Should be a fun evening!

Winston Churchill’s grave

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Group at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Group at Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Some of the group at Blenheim Palace in Oxford – right after traveling almost 24 hours!

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At Holy Trinity Church – everyone else had to duck to enter!

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Overall, these few days have been incredible! Seeing some of England’s historic sites and places up close have helped us understand Britain’s history and important historical figures at a deeper level. The trip has made all of our research and learning come to life. We are looking forward to enjoying more of these experiences over the next 12 days!

Off to a pub for dinner,

Kristen & Jenna

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