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Castles, Subways, and Snow??

Well this week has been exciting, and sadly in only a few short days our time in England will be over. With the gorgeous weather earlier this week, it is only fair that we end up getting snow and freezing weather our last few days in London. The light dusting in London had created a beautiful site for those of us who love snow, but sadly the idea of walking around in the cold is depressing. Yet all of us have pushed on and accomplished a lot! These past three days alone we have visited two hospitals, dipped our hands and feet in the water by the infamous White Cliffs of Dover, seen Parliament, visited multiple churches, and managed to do a little shopping. Tomorrow we will be heading to Paris for a day filled with wonder and awe as we see the Eiffel Tower and possibly The Louvre. I am excited to brush up on my long lost French, eat some ice cream, and maybe buy something fun!!

Monday will be filled with the views from the London Eye and a quick visit to St. Paul’s. We will then end our last day in London together with a huge meal. This trip had provided way more moments than what I expected and although I am anxious to get home and take a long sleep in my own bed, I am not quite ready to leave. See you all soon!!

Goodbye Stratford and welcome to London!

Well the bright lights and huge billboards greeted us as we entered the phenomenal city that is London! Quite a different atmosphere from the adorable little town of Stratford but it was a welcomed change for me. Loving big cities and bright lights at night, this city makes me feel like home.

Our trip to London today consisted of a trip to Bath which was beyond gorgeous. The city is an unbelievable view from above, and the actual city is beautiful while walking around. Also the tour of the famous Baths was gorgeous, although a little cold. After that we traveled to Stonehenge. Quite like going to a soccer field, it was about ten to fifteen degrees colder than our previous stops!! Freezing was worth it though, since the sun was shining with amazing bright blue skies behind the stones. The pictures turned out wonderfully.

Now onto London though. The place is beautiful. Tall buildings with fabulous architecture are everywhere and restaurants and fun shops are around for miles. Right down the road is our stop for the underground and around the other corner is the British Museum which will be a trip to remember. After a fabulous Italian pizza dinner with some friends and a quick stop in the market for some water, the night will end snug up in out new TINY hotel rooms in our skinny little beds! Have a good afternoon USA and you’ll hear from us soon!!

Stratford Upon Avon!

Well we have officially landed, eaten out first truly British dinner, slept for a full twelve hours, and accomplished some shopping! Although there are many complications such as no washcloths and non-functioning wifi in the hotel, the experience has been enlightening. The weather has been fabulous and quite beautiful. Close to about the high forties and low fifties which is wonderful! After having a pastry breakfast with some English breakfast tea, a quick morning walk with a few stops in some adorable stores we will be heading off to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and theatre! The quaint town of Stratford Upon Avon has been more than accommodating and a wonderful way to transition to the time and the culture!

Get Ready England-Here We Come!!

Well, I must say, not only am I extremely excited about leaving in a few short days, but I am overwhelmed with anticipation on everything that we will be experiencing.  From places including Florence Nightingale’s house to The Louvre in Paris, the two weeks of the trip will not only go by extremely fast, but the amount of learning experiences are endless.  I must say however, the one thing I am looking the most forward to is Paris.  I have always dreamed of going and seeing the fashion that surrounds Paris, the Eiffel Tower, and listen to the fabulous French language-trying to remember what I used to know from four years of high school French.  However, most of all, the thing I am looking most forward to includes eating ice cream from Paris.  Will it be extremely difficult to find in the winter, and will I sacrifice the idea of a warm drink in the cold weather for this wonderful treat? Yes I shall.  I am determined to eat their ice cream because I have been told countless times about the amazing ice cream, so ice cream it shall be! (and of course a  baguette or two washed down with an Orangina!)

My excitement also stems from the amount of churches we will be seeing.  We will see at least six, if not more if we have the time (St. Paul’s, Coventry, Canterbury, Westminster Abbey, St. Margaret’s, and Christ Church). Since I am focusing my final project on this topic it will be exciting to see the architecture, possible celebrations of mass, and the atmosphere that surrounds the churches that I, with my class partner, have been doing so much research on these past few weeks.

This experience will be enlightening and hopefully very fun.  Although I am extremely nervous, as having never been out of the country, I expect this trip to be worth all of the angst.  In less than three days we, as a class, will be on our way to Gatwick, England!