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Friday, 11 April 2014

The London Eye




As part of my farewell London tour, my friend and I went to the London Eye to take a last look at the beautiful view. It was a Tuesday night so there was basically no line and we got on right away. It was a perfect time, since we got to see the view when it was both light out and when the sun went down and it was dark with all the buildings lit up. I’m glad I got to go on the famous London Eye before I left and when I knew all of the buildings! It was a great time, but it also reminds me how much I’m going to miss all these beautiful sights when I leave. 
 
 
This blog entry is from Lizzie Ahnen.  For more from Lizzie, check out her blog; http://lizzieinlondon2014.tumblr.com

Stonehenge



Our final day trip was to Stonehenge. I was really looking forward to this one because there’s always mystery that surrounds them as well as a sense of the unknown. Unfortunately, you can’t go up and touch them anymore (only on winter and summer solstice) but they were still great to see, and I loved being around something so old that has held so much history. We also went and saw the henge’s at Avebury and saw the white horse as well as a haunted well! It was a very fun excursion!
 
As I approach my final days in London, I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind. I could never comprehend coming here, and now I’m having a hard time realizing I have to go back home. Everyday I’ve stopped myself and taken one picture of something that I realized I’ve taken for granted. I won’t be seeing the red buses, or the cobblestone streets. There’s not always a fresh layer of moisture to keep everything looking green and beautiful. I won’t be seeing the Eye, or Tower Bridge from my window every morning; and there won’t ever be an experience like this one again. I’m so incredibly sad to leave, but I wouldn’t trade this- or my memories- for the world.
 
This blog entry is from Jyllian Winger. For more from Jyllian, check out her blog at http://jyllianwinger.tumblr.com

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The British Museum

 
Our last British Life and Culture field trip was to the British Museum. It amazes how big it is and how much history it is full of. If I were to go every day to the British Museum it would easily take me 2 weeks to see everything, if not longer. My favorite part of this trip was the Rosetta Stone and the mummies.

An amazing part of London is that almost all the museums are free. It's such a sharp contrast from home and it just shows how much importance is placed on education and the expanding someone’s knowledge.

Just one of the many things I will miss about London!

This blog entry is from Jyllian Winger.  For more from Jyllian, check out her blog at http://jyllianwinger.tumblr.com

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wicked & The Globe


Last Tuesday we were fortunate enough to have tickets to go to Wicked! It was the first time I had seen it and I was blown away. It was a musical but it was funny and charming and showed a whole new side of the “evil” wicked witch. The production was huge and the set design was incredibly elaborate. It was all so impressive and I can see now why this musical is talked about as much as it is. I loved it and even found myself listening to the soundtrack for the past week! 
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The next day was a field trip to The Globe. It was rebuilt to mimic the old Globe that burned down. Shakespeare owned a part of The Globe and he wrote many of plays knowing they would be performed on that stage. We had a very knowledgeable guide and it was just exciting to be somewhere that held so much history from one of the greatest playwrights in history. There is very little electricity because they try and preserve the authenticity of the place and even still have the pit where you can stand and see a play for very little cost.

It was a knowledgeable and entertaining week and was thoroughly enjoyable!

This blog entry is from Jyllian Winger.  For more from Jyllian, visit her blog at http://jyllianwinger.tumblr.com/. 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Scotland



Last weekend we had our amazing trip to Scotland! It was such a beautiful place and everyone really loved it. We traveled to so many different areas in just four days. We took a train on Thursday and spent the first night walking around the amazing city of Edinburgh.

The next day we were off with our great tour guide, who took us through the mountains and breathtaking landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. We stopped at the William Wallace monument, Glencoe (where, on one of the mountainsides, they superimposed the image of Hogwarts castle in Harry Potter), and Eilean Donan Castle.
We then headed over to Isle of Skye, where we stayed at a hostel in a cute little village on the coast. The next day we explored the island and stopped to admire and take some pictures of the waterfalls, rivers, and mountains. I really loved Kilt Rock, which comprised spectacular sea-cliffs and a jaw-dropping waterfall. 
That night we stayed in Fort Augustus, where we got to see a great little show about how the Highlanders would have lived, dressed, and some of the weapons they used. On Sunday, we stopped at Urquhart Castle and the Culloden Battlefield. And of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Scotland without visiting Loch Ness! We got to go down and dip or hands and feet in the waters, but unfortunately no one spotted the elusive monster.
I really loved seeing Scotland, and all of the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. All of the waterfalls, rivers, hills, and mountains truly were amazing to see. I don’t think I have ever seen or ever will see anywhere as beautiful as Scotland.

This blog entry is from Lizzie Ahnen.  For more from Lizzie, visit her blog at lizzieinlondon2014.tumblr.com.  

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Oxford & Football


It has been a very busy weekend full of adventures! Friday we went to Oxford, which was the day trip I had been looking forward to the most! The weather was beautiful and the town was very picturesque. We started with a walking tour of Christ Church where Lewis Carroll frequented as well as shots from the first Harry Potter were filmed! There was another small walking tour of the town but we ended with lots of time to wander around and even have a pint where J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis would gather and discuss their work! The cobblestone streets and the scent of spring made for a very enjoyable day in Oxford and seemed to be something very befitting of Harry Potter :)
Saturday was football match that everyone was so excited for! Crystal Palace v Southampton and it ended up 0-1. Despite the loss the energy that surrounded the entire field was incredible and something that I’ve never noticed in the states. There were chants for just about everything and it was so cool to see an entire stand join together and jump around while chanting for Crystal Palace! It was something I will never forget and will definitely jump on any opportunity to do it again.
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This blog entry is from Jyllian Winger.  For more from Jyllian, check out her blog; http://jyllianwinger.tumblr.com/ 

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dublin



This past weekend we decided to go to Dublin. I had the most amazing time that it’s hard for me to try and put it into words. It was like being in a fairy tale where you could feel magic in the air all around you. I think pictures do a better job of explaining than words ever could.

This blog entry is from Jyllian Winger. For more from Jyllian, please visit her blog at http://jyllianwinger.tumblr.com/