Saturday, April 3, 2010


Wednesday 3/3
DAY TRIP 6 - Today was looong… nearly an 18 hour day trip! (after 3 hours of sleep…) from around 7:30 am to 1 am. We went to Warwick Castle and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Warwick Castle was…strange. Not very impressive, and it's owned by Madame Tussauds (of the waxwork museums) so it had been touristified and over-commercialized. In the castle there were wax models of medieval royalty and characters and cheesy princess and dungeon torture tours.
The grounds surrounding the castles were much better. Very green and pretty with birds and a falcon flyer guy and a peacock garden.
Mary, Ali and I with the falcon guy. and the falcon.
Laura making an awesome face :)
Ali meets the falcon
a cathedral nearby (view from castle top)
We spent the rest of the day at Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s hometown), exploring museums and the town and seeing a 3-and-a-half-hour production of King Lear. We saw Anne Hathaway’s cottage (random…) it was where Shakespeare’s wife grew up. But it was cool sitting in a willow tree hut and listening to a recording of Shakespeare sonnets.
Next we saw Shakespeare’s childhood home (museum tour) and then “Nash House” where he retired (another tour, with a really boring tour guide). Afterwards we had a few hours to explore the town, though there wasn’t much to see. Most of the students ended up at the local Poundland haha. We had dinner at Wetherspoon’s and I got a cottage pie which was gross. Some authentic British cuisines are usually not my favorite. I like flavor in my food.
We read King Lear in class, and I liked seeing it live. Although 3 and a half hours was pretty long. And it’s depressing… nearly everyone dies in the end. Oh Shakespeare.
haha here is Katie Brit Ali and i sitting on top of sleepy Calvin

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