So while I spent the summer after my freshman year working back at home, having a great
time with friends from high school, and taking lots of classes
FAU, and knowing I would have to be at
Ft. Bragg after my
junior year, what better way
to spend this summer than going abroad? I remember picking the
London program as a no-brainer
since I was too lazy to want to deal with a different language. There were also $1000 scholarships
offered to off-set the cost, and for reasons unknown to me now I was cocksure I would get
one- and I did.
Came in on British Airways
No vegetarians here
This day my new friend from Louisiana, Alissa, and I would spend the afternoon at
Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens,
an easy walk from our dorm. Throughout this trip I would always love hanging out here.
Part of the beauty of this trip, and the only time I've gotten to do this so far, is I LIVED
there. So I could spend an afternoon simply sitting around a park with the natives. Awesome.
Going to a "meeting" with
Di Kensington Palace
Classes for session B:
Museums & Galleries II- T, Th, F 2-5pm
Literary London II- T, Th 11-1pm, W 12-1pm
Ahhh yes, the thrill of underage drinking with the roommates (Billy, Dave, & Ed)
Our Dorm Room, Kensington Holy birdshit Batman! Trafalgar Square
Showing the proper respect for native culture
Ed, cool motorcycle Bobbies, and a double decker bus
Dave does a Linda Blair
Tuesday night the 16th we'd see
"The Reduced Shakespeare Company"
- a three man outfit that
blended all of Shakespeare's work in a really funny manner.
Wednesday night we would all attend a buffet reception with the Mayor of Kensington's
put on by the president and board of
Thursday we went to the
Anthony d'Offay Gallery- showing
The Women of the Revolution
The Kenwood House.
Alissa and I take our first double decker bus ride
I believe they are now in the process of phasing these out,
so we'll lose a classic
The gang at the local pub
Builders Arms Closing time
Note how light it still is at around 11pm
I guess even on this first trip I was somewhat the planner. Having been in England for all of
one week, I decided to go to Ireland that first weekend and asked a few people to go. Natural
leader that I am, next thing you know there are over ten of us going. Terrific
So my deal was the movie
Far & Away
had come out that summer and I loved it, so I had to go get my
Irish experience. Well, I am actually still waiting on it since that would really be western
Ireland and all we really saw was Dublin. My recollection is a fairly chilly, windy,
dirty city, with lots of young people milling about due to the high unemployment rate at the
We take British Rail and the overnight Sealink ferry
We wondered around the city that day, then stayed at the Elmar Bed & Breakfast, which has likely
closed since then.
At one point I had left my camera on a city bus, found out where the bus had likely gone,
and being in good shape thought nothing of running about two miles through the city to the depot.
Got my camera back : )
St. Patrick's Cathedral
I also visited
Trinity College and bought a sweat shirt there
The next day we explored some areas on the outskirts of the city, including a seaside area. By the
afternoon I guess I was pretty tired of everyone and broke off from the group to wonder on my
I remember wondering through a neighborhood and getting lost. I would ask a lady walking by
and she actually went in the opposite direction of her travel to show me where to go. I would
end up repeating this story several times over the years along with my proclamation that the Irish
were the friendliest people I have met.
Making my way back into town I also stopped at a neighborhood pub, where you could see the Sunday
evening crowd that has probably known each other for generations in general celebration. I did
feel a little out of place, but the bartender searched around to fulfill my request to find me a
Guinness (they had plenty on draft)
to take home as a souvenier. I believe it is still in my bedroom in Florida.
Exhausted I would take the last, overnight, ferry home. I remember talking to the fun blonde
from Canada and her rather large friend, and they were good company as we struggled to sleep.
I think this is where I started to learn to travel on my own, always a big first step.
Well, I obviously must have had more energy when I was younger, because Monday night (22nd) I
would have dinner with Candice and then we would see
Miss Saigon for the first time- absolutely
blew me away.
Tuesday the 23rd a group of us would go to the
English National Ballet
Then at about 2am Wednesday meet up with Jessica and Jason to go sleep on the sidewalk, queing up to
get tickets to get in to Wimbledon that day! CRAZYNESS!!
We got to see Mary Joe Fernandez, Ivan Lendl, Sabatini, Edberg, and Navratilova, as well as...
Agassi (eventual champion) vs. Chesnokov
Court #1, Round 2, 1992 Lawn & Tennis Championships,
AND THEN I would leave early to go meet up with Candice at
Earl's Court to go by some scalped
tickets and see...
So this is after Diamond and Pearls, and they are already playing material for Seven-
an album I would love but obviously hadn't heard yet. I would be so tired as to actually fall
asleep for parts.
For class we would also visit the
Chiswick House and Gardens, and on our own The
Amazing Virtuality Experience- where thay had video games that were supposed to be advanced
Can't believe I didn't get
Kathy, Jessica, and Cindy right after Sunday mass
at St. Paul's Cathdral, where Princess
Di got married
Cindy and I spend the afternoon at the park, first checking out
And then finally finding the
Peter Pan statue
. I knew this was supposed to be here and wanted
to be sure to see it- from the Robin William's movie
Hook, where he wakes up at this statue.
Stef, me, and a new friend Madame Tussaud's Rock Circus
Monday the 29th- "A Judgement in Stone" at the Lyric Theatre The Equinox Disco one night
The Linley Sambourne House
Friday July 3rd-
5 Guys Named Moe
Saturday I would go to the 4th of July sale (ah that British humour) at the world famous
and would actually purchase my first pair of
Timberland boots, which I would find to be
That night at a pub someone would say to me "happy 218th birthday" and I would think "huh?" until
I realized he was toasting America. Love how those Brits stick with us.
So our quest for Sunday was to find Abbey Road Studios and duplicate the
famous Beatles cover shot
There actually was a lot of traffic, so it was fairly dangerous
To this day I'm still not sure why Craig had to take his shirt off Abbey Road