Posted February 13th, 2012 by Abby in London, England
This weekend we went on one of our first cultural trips. We went to Stonehenge, Bath, and Lacock. The trips are always fun because you stay all together in a hostel and the get to know other people in the program. We started off pretty early on Friday morning taking a bus to Stonehenge. Most of us slept on the way there so we missed the country side views on the way up from London, but when we got to Stonehenge we realized we weren’t in Kansas anymore. For most of us it was the first time we had seen country side and open spaces since we got to London. It was quite refreshing and we also were at Stonehenge, which isn’t an amazing site or anything like that, but when you do see it and think back to when it was built it is pretty amazing to think about how the people got the massive stones there and even though it’s unknown the real reason for stonehenge it must have ment something and is a pretty awesome site. The other really cool thing about stonehenge was that it had snowed the night before so everything was snow covered. I’d been to Stonehenge before, it was cool to see it in a different way with snow all around.
After taking in Stonehenge we got back on the bus and headed to Bath. We stayed there for two nights and when we got
there on Friday we checked into our hostel that ended up being a YMCA. We got into our rooms and then headed out for lunch and to the Roman Baths. Bath was a Roman city and has a natural spring that feeds hot baths. It’s now a museum of sorts so people can see the old roman baths, but you can no longer bathe in the baths. It was really neat to see it all and to think about how old everything was. We also had a little bit of fun listening to the kid version of the audio guide instead of the adult version. The way some of the things were worded were quite entertainingly, like for example, sometimes the men and women bathed together… naked. We all were quite mature and just giggled to the wording of it all. haha )
After the baths we had time to explore the city and just hang out. On Friday night we went on a ghost tour of Bath which wasn’t really the best thing we’ve done, but it was quite funny and we kept our selves entertained. Friday night almost the whole group went out together and had a great time together hanging out and getting to know each other a bit better. Even though we all live together in London we all have different things we want to do and different things we have to do the next day so we don’t all go out together and in Bath we didn’t really have many options so we all went together. I really enjoyed it.
Saturday we had almost the whole day free. We all did different things from checking out more of Bath to shopping to museums. In the afternoon we went to the Bath v. New Castle Rugby match. I’d seen Rugby before in Northern Ireland and had a decent understanding of what was going on. I didn’t get the whole game and all the rules, but we still had fun. There were a group of guys in front of us that were on a Stag Do (Bachelor Party) and were all dressed up in Knickers, Checked Suit tops, and hats. They looked like they were right out of the 1920/30s. It was really fun to watch them and the Rugby as well. After the match we had the rest of the day to do what we liked. I had dinner with a couple of the other people and then we went to a Pub and just hung out. Everyone was pretty exhausted from the day, but we still enjoyed each other’s company and there were lots of people still in the city from the Rugby match and the 6 nations Rugby was on as well. England played Italy and they won the match in the last few minutes so it was quite exciting.
Today the group went to the Lacock, which is a little village in England where lots of Harry Potter was filmed. I didn’t get to go because I headed back to London early because I was suppose to have a football match, but it got called because of frozen pitch. I spent my day with English friends though watching football and enjoying a Sunday roast. Not too bad if you ask me. Over all we had a great weekend. We have another week of internships and classes ahead of us and I’m sure we will find some fun things to do in between there.