London: Weeks 7, 8, and 9

This post, like the last, will cover three full weeks of activities. Since my last update, we’ve moved back to the Celtic Hotel from homestay, seen several more plays, gone on our spring tour, and celebrated Easter.

The Tuesday after my last post, we visited Tintern Abbey, which was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen in my life (second only to the Scottish Highlands, actually, which I’ll talk about again later). Pictures don’t do it justice (as with most of the things I’ve seen this semester).

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The following evening, we got to see Les Miserables, which was just incredible. Better than that, though, was the fact that one of the actresses (she played Eponine, for those of you who know the story) was someone whose videos I love to watch on Youtube (Carrie Hope Fletcher), and I got to meet her afterward, get her autograph, and take a picture with her!

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The week following that was spring tour, which I’ll save for last because it is by far the most interesting thing I am going to talk about. Since spring tour, we have seen three more plays: Isango (The Mysteries)The Heart of Things, and The Broken Heart. I also saw a play call The Nether separate from the program with a few of my friends, and I saw a lovely production of The Passion of Jesus on Good Friday in Trafalgar Square.

We have also toured the Globe Theatre, Old Operating Theatre, and Windsor Castle this past week. The queen was in residence at Windsor, but unfortunately we did not get to see or meet her. We actually got to stand on the Globe’s beautiful stage, though.

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Now for the main event! Spring tour! For our spring break, we saw York, Edinburgh, the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District, Liverpool, and Wales – and all sorts of beautiful scenery along the way (plus a whole lot of sheep). Spending an average of six hours with people on a coach (charter bus) every day is definitely an experience that draws people together. Spring tour really helped our group grow much closer than we were before. It has absolutely been my favorite part of this entire semester, although spending a week with barely any wifi was admittedly difficult because it kept me from being able to communicate with my loved ones much at all. The Scottish Highlands made it all worth it, though. They were so breathtaking.

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I can’t believe the semester is almost over. I’ve got less than a month left to go now, which is such a bittersweet thing. I’m so excited to come back home and see everyone that I miss so terribly, not to mention start a summer that is full to the brim with things to look forward to, but I also know I’m going to miss London like crazy. All I can think is how immensely blessed I am and how much I have to be thankful for.

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