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I just looked through my passports to determine that this was my 12th trip to London. Every trip has been unique. This year had overall the coldest and rainiest weather of all the trips (I may have jinxed us - look back to my earlier 'Tuesday' post) but despite that, it was one of the most pleasant trips. After much thought and discussion, there were some significant changes made to the Justice Studies London Study Abroad program...I'm not going to lie, I was nervous about the changes and second guessed my decisions a number of times. This program is constantly evolving as our students change and as the world changes, but this year's program seemed to bring us somewhat full circle. I had the chance to travel with a smaller group of students that I know well from classes and who all know each other. We did all of the justice studies and cultural activities together and yet had enough free time to explore those things that interested us individually. As a group, we found a way to deal with difficulties and focused on the positives. Although I never experienced it personally, this felt more like what I imagined the early CSC trips to be like with George and Kit Watson traveling through the countries with adventure-seeking students in tow. My first thank you goes out to the Watsons for believing so passionately in the benefits of study abroad to lay amazing groundwork for so many future students!! (I am not going to actively solicit your donation, but for anyone who might be wondering what they can do to ensure that future students can benefit from the study broad experience that George Watson supported so strongly, please consider a donation to Team George through the CSC Foundation).
ADIOS! wow what a time...i must say quite the culture shock for a kid that has never lived in a town of more than 3000 people...off to Heathrow we go bound for the good ol USA...turns out the trip home would be a bit hairier than the journey over...8 1/2 hour flight to chicago cuz volcanoes on iceland are erupting, 3+ hour layover in chicago because of weather, and finally arriving in denver at 1 am...im so glad i only had to go to cheyenne cuz i heard the bus ride home was a bear sorry :( funny thing tho when i got up monday morning i was watching the news and found out the a tornado had hit missouri and when we were waiting in chicago they wanted to reroute us thru missouri think we dodged a bullet there....
Looking through my picture I found some picture and experiences I would like to share. I walked down Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly Circus is amazing full of shops and old buildings.
While on Piccadilly circus I ate at a steak house and had lamb chops and mint sauce. To my surprise I like mint sauce. For an appetizer we had famous Bree, it's a baked cheese that you spread on bread with jam.
Our trip back to the States was long and delayed some due to nasty weather in Chicago but we eventually arrived in Denver around 1am Monday morning. The bus ride back to Chadron was sleepless for me but i sure enjoyed seeing the sun rise and was glad I didn't have tall buildings blocking my view. London was a great place to visit and I learned a great deal during my time there; I still say this trip was a 'once in a lifetime' trip. I would recommend it to anyone.
The last few days in London were definitely very relaxed. On Friday we went to the town of Cambridge, which is on the river Cam and we had free time to wander around and do what we wanted. We ended up going "punting" which was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Thanks for making us go Danielle!!! Our tour guide was awesome at his job and made the trip up the river very interesting. One of the colleges, Kings College was used in the first Harry Potter movie (yes I am a nerd and I do like Harry Potter, so that made my day).
On Saturday we had a free day so a few of us went to check out the British Museum, and after that we had a picnic in Hyde Park. It was a great day for a picnic, even though by that time I was very tired of the weird combinations they call sandwiches. That evening as a group we went to the "Medieval Banquet" which was a four course meal and they had entertainment and singing which was kinda cool. After that got over it was time to finish my packing so we could head out in the morning!!!!
We sat in the Heathrow airport for a good 4 to 5 hours because Omaha had the first flight out and they wouldn't fit on just one bus. But we entertained ourselves by playing cards, simple games like Go Fish, Old Maid, and Crazy Eights...It was fun and made the time pass quickly. Our Flight took about 8 1/2 hours because we had to detour south because of the volcano erupting in Iceland. When we landed in Chicago the very first thing I did was buy a "real" Dt. Pepsi because the pop over in London isn't even close to tasting like ours. We were originally supposed to leave Chicago at 8:00 pm then it got delayed to 10 pm, but didn't get off the runway until closer to midnight because of all the nasty weather that was going on. We finally made it to Denver about 2 am. and didn't get to Chadron until 7 am, I had been up for over 30 hours by this time, but I was soooo very excited to be home that I couldn't sleep. I took a little nap from about 9:30 to 2:30...went to bed at 8:30 that night and slept until 8 the next morning. I think that I am finally over my jet lag, and getting back into my old routine.
Well, here's my final entry. Yesterday I really didn't feel like making an extra post since the trip home was exhausting, but I'll get to that later. Cambridge was cool, and while I was pretty much done sightseeing by the time Friday rolled around it was good to get out of the city. Cambridge is built all along the river Cam, so we decided to get a tour guide to "punt" us up and down the river while he gave a little history on the city. Saturday visited the British Museum before eating in Hyde park with some people. Most of Saturday I spent relaxing, mainly since by then I was getting pretty broke and I was more than a little exhausted from a combination of the busy city and from running around everywhere. That night though our entire group had dinner at a "medieval banquet" which was accompanied by entertainment and music from performers dressed in period costumes.
Sunday was pretty much dedicated to the return trip, which was not exactly a fun time. As soon as we got to Heathrow airport we heard there was a volcano erupting in Iceland which was causing delays and cancellations. Not sure how bad it was when we flew out, but it did cause our pilot to make a huge detour going around it which made the flight go from about 6 hours long to about 8 and a half hours long. When we landed in Chicago O'Hare, our plane to Dnever got delayed about 2 hours and because of poor weather conditions we were waiting on the tarmac for another hour. In the end we wound up in Chadron at about 7 in the morning when we were expecting to be there around 2:30 or 3 AM.
Regardless of unfortunate flight delays, the trip was a ton of fun and I'm glad I had the opportunity to do it. Thanks to my instructors, Dr. Nobiling and Dr. Wada for running the CSC side of the trip and keeping us relatively under control for two weeks! I hope this blog was at least a little interesting to the rest of you who were following it for whatever reason, and for those I won't see in a while I hope you have a good summer!
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