Tuesday, February 25, 2014

London 2014 - almost here!

The countdown shows we're getting close - only 19 more days until we take off for the great city of London.  It was last year at this time that we were holding out first meetings and introducing our trip to students, and the 365+ day countdown is finally coming to a close.

Travel is a gift. It exposes us to new countries, cultures, foods, values and people.  It connects us to places of the past, moment of significance in history, beauty beyond imagination.  It helps us learn how big, and yet, how small the world really is.  It makes us richer and wiser, more compassionate and understanding, ore aware, more critical, more patient, more appreciative.  Ever opportunity to travel is one to learn and grow as individuals.

So when I say that I, my colleagues Ms. Mulji, Mr. Dewinetz, Mr. Becker and Ms. Garr, and the 15 Sullivan Heights Students are excited about the trip ahead - I'm not kidding.  We are excited for all the things we still see and experience, all the moments we will share, and the memories that will shape us all.  We, that is myself, and hopefully the students as well as guest posters, will be blogging from here - sharing stories of our adventures in England.  Our goal is to learn about the culture, the city of London, and the places that connect us to the history of scientific thought.  To give you an idea of what's ahead for us, I thought I would provide a brief overview.  We hope those who aren't traveling with us can share in our joys, and learn along side us, as we share our tales with you.

The adventures waiting for us include (in approximate order):
  • Harry Potter Walking Tour (Ministry of Magic, Millennium Bridge, Diagon Alley)
  • Westminster Walking Tour
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Double Decker Bus Tour
  • Cruise on the River Thames
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Harrod's
  • Tower of London
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Broadway Show "Phantom of the Opera" in the West End
  • Stonehenge at Sunrise on the Equinox
  • Roman Baths in Bath
  • Lacock Abbey (from Harry Potter)
  • Kew Gardens & Workshop
  • British Museum
  • Oxford Street Shopping
  • Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross
  • University of Cambridge Science Walking Tour
  • Physics Lectures at the Cavendish Lab & Newton Science Building
  • Science Museum 
  • Museum of Natural History
  • London Eye
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare House, Grave and Afternoon Tea
  • Windsor Castle
  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Fish & Chips
  • Royal Observatory
  • Greenwich Market
  • Camden Lock Market
  • British Library
  • National Gallery
  • Broadway show "Wicked" in the West End
As you can see we have a jam packed week! I hope to keep this blog updated nightly (which will be morning here) - so check back daily to see what's going on!  Comments are always welcome and invited.  Looking forward to having you along for the ride!