January 22nd! So, this entire trip has been very special, but one of the best days I had on this trip was the last day! A little background, I am trying to apply to graduate schools and my favorites so far has been Duke. Well, early on during our trip to London I was fortunate enough to receive an offer for an interview! Laurissa Topelin received one as well! I thought this would be perfect since our trip was supposed to connect in Charlotte, North Carolina. I thought, wouldn’t it be amazing if I could do an in person interview? However, the people at Duke sent me an email stating a phone interview would be better. Fast forward to January 22nd. I’m sitting in the Charlotte airport and I just happen to check my email on Corinne’s ipad and there was a new email from Duke! They wanted to know if I could meet for an in person interview the following morning January 23rd at 10 am. I was shocked. I pulled Dan aside and I told him we needed to talk. I knew this was going to cost us a lot of money but I felt that the benefits of doing an in person interview over a phone interview were substantial. So, we talked to people and google searched and what we discovered was that it would cost us a lot more then we had first imagined. Somewhere around $800 or so. As you can imagine, we had basically given up when all of a sudden a voice came over the loud speaker asking if anyone wanted to delay their flight to Columbus. We hurried up to the podium and I explained our situation. Without blinking this man from US airlines told us he was going to give us a hotel to sleep in for free, a free plane trip home and a flight to Raleigh and back for the interview! Never in my life had I felt so lucky! I immediately started to cry. I couldn’t believe what this man was offering! But it turned out perfectly and I ended up making the interview the next day at Duke. The interview went really well and hopefully I will hear from Duke soon! This trip gave me so many important memories, and even on the last day I was still being amazed.
This trip has been amazing! As soon as I was on Vince’s coach and
looking at the amazing view I was hooked. I have seen some of the most
beautiful places and had some of the best experiences! I know at first
I wasn’t too excited for this trip, but now I realize how wrong I was.
I love this trip. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know about
England! I will say one of the biggest surprises for me has been the
wi-fi. I didn’t bring a laptop and I don’t own an I phone, but from
what I’ve heard the wi-fi is awful! I thought that maybe it would be
better in London, but apparently not. How can one of the most popular
cities in the world not have wi-fi? Interesting. Well, now I’m
learning to type a paper on the President Hotel’s complimentary
computer. And by complimentary I mean 1 pound for 15 minutes. Another
part of the trip that I have enjoyed are the plays. My two favorites
have been the Merry Wives of Windsor and War Hourse. Tonight we just
got back from the Privates on Parade. Once again, like wi-fi, I was a
little disapointed. I thought the main idea of the play was good, but
it wasn’t very easy to follow. I was a little confused a couple times
about what was going on. I guess I had this idea that London was like
New York, but they are different. I have had such a great time on this
trip and one of the places that I absolutly loved was surprisingly the
Roman Bath. I don’t know what it was about that place but it was
really special to me. I could’ve spent all day there. I loved seeing a
place that is not only a natural wonder, but also a historical
After two weeks of fun and excitement it was definitely a welcome sight to see Columbus again. This trip was a great experience and so much fun but by the end of the two weeks I was ready to come home. It was a fantastic learning experience, and a great way to see different customs and cultures from our own. My favorite sights would definitely have to be Stonehenge and the castles. I wish we could have gone into more of the castles but I guess that is just a downside to going during the non tourist season. Upside is there we did not have to deal with the large crowds. This trip was amazing and I hope someday to be able to go back to England and/or Paris and to be able to see even more of the country. But for now I just need to recover from the jet-lag in time for the spring semester to start.
Our last day in London went by pretty quickly! It was a slow start because we were up late from our long train ride back from Paris. We took a tour of St. Paul’s cathedral, which was beautiful. The architecture was a lot different from the other cathedrals we have seen so far and I enjoyed seeing it. The tour was a little too long for me, but it was worth seeing.
After the cathedral, we went to one of the things I was most excited for…the London Eye! It was the perfect day with blue skies and hardly any clouds. We weren’t all allowed to ride in the same bubble so we split up. It was amazing to see London from so far up and we took some great pictures. This was probably one of my favorite things we did in London.
After the Eye, Mackenzie, Alexis and I went to Covent garden to eat lunch and shop. We ate at a little café called Paul’s and had a sandwich and salad. Then, Alexis went back to the hotel and Mackenzie and I shopped around for a while. It was nice to have a large chunk of free time without feeling rushed to be somewhere.
After shopping we came back to the hotel for our last group dinner. It was nice to talk about our favorite parts of the trip and what we are looking forward to the most at home. I have enjoyed making memories with my friends and I have also made some amazing new friends!
Mackenzie and I at our last dinner!