England: first night out
After our first dinner as a group most people went to bed, but some of us decided to go to a pub for a real, English experience! Ellie, Dan, Jess, Emily and I went to the oldest pub in Stratford called the Garrick where apparently good old Billy Shakes used to hang around and get sloshed! As a theatre major, i thought it was only fitting to pay homage to the man and have a few drinks in his old stomping grounds. It was a blast! Ultimately, we were all exhausted though and knew rest was necessary in order to have a productive day the next day, so we did leave at a decent hour and with very low blood alcohol levels 🙂 The walk home was BEAUTIFUL though! We walked through a beautifully misty fog on deserted brick roads with street lights twinkling all around us. While trying to get a picture of all of us (and, incidentally, failing) an adorable older married couple celebrating 42 years together named the Jeffersons offered to take our picture. They were HILARIOUS! (and also a bit drunk). That is the best part about traveling in different cultures- meeting local people and finding commonalities with them. It makes the world seem much smaller and highlights the fact that we are all united and the same. It also further submerges you into the culture, which is why one travels in the first place!