Around 8:45 this morning, our crew met in the lobby of The Stay Club to clean the place out of pain aux chocolats. Unfortunately, only the strong survive, and Grayson and Luke didn’t make it out of bed to breakfast to share the joys of toast and raspberry jam with the rest of us. Nevertheless, everyone was reunited when we made our way to the upstairs classroom where our course began nine days ago!
The class listened to a riveting presentation about decolonization’s effects on postwar immigration to the United Kingdom, and had lots of fun participating in one last interactive activity featuring index cards and matching things. We then watched the documentary I for India, which really should have been called I for I’m-Not-Crying-There’s-Just-Something-In-My-Eye. Fara (in her own words) “hasn’t cried so hard since Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Squeakquel.”
I for India was an emotional story told through a series of home videos that a family sent back and forth to each other across several decades. The film documented Yash Pal Suri and his family’s experiences as they immigrated from India to England, from England to India, and finally, back to England again.
Our class watching I for India. Many a tear was shed.
After our discussion of the film and the readings, we went our separate ways to make the most of our last day in London.
Here is a recap of how the class spent the day!
Andy visited Hampton Court Palace, and stopped to take a selfie as he transferred at Clapham Junction.
Andy’s Adventures at Clapham Junction.
Meanwhile, Claire and Kaila went to the Warner Brothers tour of Harry Potter studios, where they saw where most of the Harry Potter movies were shot! They got to check out all the authentic costumes, props, and animatronics.
Kaila and Claire on their way to Hogwarts!
Averie, Fara, and Rachel revisited St. Paul’s Cathedral and walked around the area. While their lunch was “mediocre”, they stumbled upon an amazing dessert place that served Snapchat-worthy treats.
Averie, Fara, and Rachel taking the obligatory photo in front of a red phone booth!
Decadent soft serve ice cream cone surrounded by a cloud of cotton candy (or as British people say, “candy floss”). Photo courtesy of Rachel’s snapstory.
Jenna and Justin went to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, where they snapped some pictures of this whale carcass hanging from the ceiling and perused other natural history wonders. They then met up with the rest of the group to have dinner at Rocca, an Italian restaurant.
Giant whale carcass featured at the Natural History Museum.
Meanwhile, Serena took a trip to Regent’s Park and got this lovely photo in front of the awesome fountains before meeting up with Fara and Kaila at the Hackney Empire for…
Serena smiles in front of a picturesque fountain.
…Hamlet! Fara, Serena, and Kaila went to see an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by the Royal Shakespeare Company, as they are very cultured people. Serena said the show was spectacular, especially since the majority of the cast was Black.
Fara, Serena, and Kaila pose for a photo in front of the theater.
Faith went on another solo excursion, this time to have afternoon tea at Harrods. The menu consisted of a delicious selection of sandwiches, tea pastries and desserts from the Harrods’ patisserie, and hot scones served with clotted cream, rose petal jelly, strawberry preserves, and homemade lemon curd.
A selection of desserts and scones to be enjoyed with Earl Grey tea.
Angela met up with a friend for lunch and a walk around Oxford Circus. Then, Angela and Faith (that’s us!) spent the evening at a local pub for dinner, then explored the area around Picadilly Circus Station!
Faith and Angela’s dinner of calamari, chorizo and halloumi, and lamb skewers!
This is the last blog post and our last full day in the United Kingdom. Over the course of this trip, we averaged about 18,000 steps a day. That’s, like, 76 miles, which is almost the length of Delaware. So basically, what we’re saying is that we could have chosen to either spend our Spring Break on this amazing trip to London, or almost walk across Delaware.
We’re all really sad to be leaving London, especially considering we all just got a handle on navigating the Tube (pronounced Che-Ew-Buh, get it right!). We’re basically Londoners now, right?
Faith and Angela