This week, my school, and most of the other schools in England, have been on Half Term break, which means no school. As a result, I have been able to go sightseeing and enjoy spending some time with my host family and getting to know the town that I’m staying in. I have had so much fun this week, and have gotten to see some amazing things. Here is a list (in no particular order) of some of the things I have gotten to do this week.
1) Drink lots of tea.
2) Get extremely engrossed in Britain’s Got Talent. Seriously, I’ve watched it every night this week.
3) Have my first experience at Primark. It’s like a whole new (and cheap) universe of shopping. It’s actually a good thing that we don’t have Primark in America, because I would spend way too much time and money there.
4) Travel by train.
5) Sing very loudly in the car to the Wicked Soundtrack. My host mom is also quite a fan, and our harmonies are brilliant.
6) Write a couple of postcards to people back home.
7) Go to pet shops looking at and holding various reptiles. My host sister is getting a leopard gecko for her birthday in a little over a month.
(a bearded dragon we named Kevin)
8. Book a trip to Barcelona to see some friends in a little less than a week.
9. Run errands with the host family.
10. Play Scrabble, Yahtzee, and Bananagrams – a few of you will know how much I love Bananagrams.
11. Become completely engrossed in The Girl who Played with Fire.
12. Go to the zoo. The zoo was a bit different than the zoos that I’ve been to in the States. They had a bigger variety of small and medium sized animals, but did not have quite as big of a selection of larger animals. However, they did have an adorable penguin that was wearing a wetsuit. And no, I don’t know why.
(Penguin in a wetsuit – it appears his name was Ralph.)
13. Have a dinner outside at a pub overlooking a castle.
14. Visit and tour a castle that is almost 1000 years old! This is quite possibly my favorite item on the list. Arundel Castle is absolutely beautiful. It is still used and lived in today by the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk. It was amazing to see a castle that is not in the middle of a theme park, is so rich in history, and is older than the United States. I wish that I could’ve taken more pictures of the inside, but sadly, it was not allowed. However, I will share some of the pictures that I was able to take of the outside. Note: It was an absolutely beautiful day when we visited the castle as well. These photos are not edited or filtered in any way, and were taken on an iPod. Proof, if you needed it, that England is absolutely beautiful.
(The castle gardens, which reminded me of Alice in Wonderland.)
(The top of the Keep.)
(Another view of the Castle.)
(The way to the Keep.)
In all, it has been a pretty successful Half Term break, and the week is not over yet. Tonight, I’m cooking supper for my host family. We’re having cavatini and garlic bread, which is one of my favorite meals from home. And tomorrow, we’re going to London by train for a bit of sightseeing. I’m extremely excited for that, but that will have to be a post all its own.
Until next time,