Second Month of London
February went by so fast and SO much happened during these 28 days! For the exceptionally long posts, I've decided to make separate posts for them and will include links if you want to read more! So without further ado, here is a summary of my second month in London:
STONEHENGE + BATH
Our class took a day field trip out to Stonehenge, and it was VERY cold and foggy! The stones themselves were actually not as big as I pictured in my head, but still an impressive prehistoric monument from the Neolithic period dating back to 3000BC. Researchers are still unsure what the stones were meant for, but many suspect they were used as burial grounds.
The circle is aligned to the sunset of the winter solstice and the opposing sunrise of the summer solstice.
After Stonehenge we made our way to the town of Bath, named after the baths built from the Romans in the valley of river Avon. It was a very lovely city with Georgian architecture, and here we visited the Royal Crescent, the Circus, along with the baths and pump rooms in Bath Abbey.
The Royal Crescent
Windowless panes were common for those who didn't want to get taxed on having windows.
The clouds parted for a lovely sunset before we left that day.
SKETCH AFTERNOON TEA
Since there are many cheaper options for afternoon tea, I would say this is the place to go for their unique pink room and bathrooms. Just make sure to make a reservation before coming!
The left and right staircase leads you to the men's and women's room (respectively). The middle is the bar.
Inside their cups had the words "Forget about it."
We had Earl Grey, Chai, Rose, and Vanilla tea, and while all were good, the Chai tea was very aromatic and my personal favorite. The truffle croque-monsieur, and their chocolate cake also stood out for me from the rest of the pastries and sandwiches.
They also had quirky sketches on their walls that I found very amusing:
I made a separate post you can check out here (just watch out for the food puns). ;)
BBC BIRMINGHAM + CADBURY WORLD
Our program took us on a tour of the BBC Birmingham Studio where we learned about the different shows that are produced on-site, what goes into making those shows, as well as how the studios are set up. Click on each image to learn more about how things work in the studio.
At the end of the tour I participated in a radio drama show where I created the sounds for the characters that were invited to a spooky house using props like shoes on gravel to mimic walking/running, glass clinking, and shaking rubber gloves to mimic the sounds of flying bats. If you're thinking of going into Broadcast Journalism, I would highly recommend this tour as it was very informative!
Afterwards we went to Cadbury World, where I felt like I was in a sea of little children hyped up on chocolate. I would go here if you absolutely LOVE milk chocolate. For me, even though I love chocolate, it was a little too much to handle.
In the middle of the month, I took an afternoon trip to catch up with a couple of high-school friends that I have not seen in a while! Both Ben and Lauren are studying in Cambridge (Lauren studying abroad for one semester), and Catalina visited from Oxford where she is studying abroad for one semester as well. I explored around the streets and inside a couple of shops before seeing them for dinner.
Cambridge Satchel Co.
Corpus Christi College.