Preparing for the trip!
8:07/2007. sun is setting. Had a tasty dinner at the Mediterranean Grill- last “American” meal for 2 weeks. Another student is joining us for the flight across the pond. This airport is huge, similar to Atlanta, complete with birds!We are all anticipating the quality of sleep that we will get on the flight.
“Learning at City ‘ a day conference at Hatton Place. Focus was on the collaboration between students and faculty. The venue was very nice and the presentations were every hour. Nice to see and hear of the similarities and differences in our educational practices. Raining and chilly. Afterward we ventured into the neighborhood around Angel stations and found the “Loop” a yarn store that I wanted to visit. The area had cute shops and we spent some time there before heading back to the old street area for dinner at Cazzo.
A little drizzle on the way to the University. Lecture, a quick lunch and on to Museums. We started with the Medical Museum and walking tour ending at the Wellcome Museum for a quick glance at the medical display. A short walk to the British Museum. The building was amazing! We saw displays from Egypt, Rome, North America ( including Mound City) and Asia. What a great adventure. A walk through the Russell Square qardens to the tube and back to the room around 930. The weather remains very pleasant, mid 60s.
Off to Windsor Castle! We take the tube to the Waterloo Train station. First experience with a train. We arrive at a quaint town and wind around the hill to view the amazing Castle. We enter and Mary purchases audio guides for us, perfect! We tour the state rooms, the church and garden. Amazing!! We walked where King George did. Iff we go to find lunch along the River Thames. Fish & Chips, yeah! We walk down by the river and take pictures of the geese and ducks. We find the train station and head back to London to Oxford street for shopping. The weather today was 68 with bright sun and blue skys. So lucky!!! Dinner was down then street from the hotel – a quick sandwich!
Today is our free day to do as we choose so the first thing we do- sleep in!! After a leisure breakfast we take the tube to the area of Buckingham Palace. Upon our arrival the crowds were overwhelming! What is going on?? Changing of the guard!! We wiggled our way through the crowds, held up our cameras and obtained some great pictures of the ceremony. How lucky of us!!! Off to Hyde park. A triathlon is taking place so we couldn’t rent bikes. We wander through a beautiful rose garden – they smelled amazing! We walked toward the pond in search for ice cream. We come upon a cafe and enjoy a nice lunch. We continue to walk by the pond and find the Princess Dianna memorial. It is a water feature that had drawn a great crowd of families with children playing in the water. The Princess would be pleased to see the children so happy. Walking towards the side of the park we come upon the Royal Albert Hall and memorial. Beautiful!! We take the bus to Harrods. What a place! We shop for souvenirs and attempt to get some ice cream…. £14 for a scoop! So we head back to the room to rest. We venture out for Thai food at Busabba. Very good Pad Thai. We return to the room around 10, in bed around 1130.
The weather is still pleasant, no rain on the walk to school. Breakfast at the Pret. The morning lecture focuses on differences in the UK and US health care structure. Then we met with Graham and Mark from the nursing department to discuss more details of the program. Lunch was from the corner supermarket and off to the tube. We visited Homerton Hospital for a lecture on Stroke Care. Evening took us to Oxford street to shop at Jade’s favorite store- Primemark. We returned to Old Street and ate dinner with Heather at Cazzo an Italian restaurant just around the corner from the hotel. The food was delicious and we now have a ‘food baby’ belly. We were in bed at 1000- the earliest night ever! Mary stopped by for a nice chat. The room continues to be hotter but the floor fan is helping!