The second half of my Global Issues in CSD trip was a success! Since the first week focused primarily on academics, the second week was dedicated to more cultural experiences, with only one academic visit.
On Sunday, we took a bus trip up to Stonehenge and Bath, which took about two hours. Stonehenge was beautiful. We only had about an hour and a half to enjoy the view with the tour we took, but I felt like I could have stayed there for hours. Bath was equally as amazing.
First stop: the Roman Baths. I was amazed by not only the architecture of the various rooms but also the innovation involved in channeling the water. The city of Bath itself was also beautiful. They have several little shops up and down the cobbled streets, which make you feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. Somehow, we even managed to have a mostly rain free day–which from what I understand is fairly uncommon in Bath.
Monday was our only academic day this week, but it was just as wonderful as all of the other things we have done. We visited the Treetops School in Grays, England. This school is for children ages 3 to 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties. I was amazed at the level of instruction and the availability of tutors and teachers aids in each classroom. This high teacher-to-student ratio really contributes to aiding these children in being as successful as possible. At mid-day, we even went to a café run by the older (16+) students for lunch. As part of their classes, these students learn how to serve meals and take money from their customers.
Tuesday through Friday we focused on hitting all of the cultural sites we had not yet been able to see. Which, especially in London, means a lot of castles and palaces, including Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and Kensington Palace. At Windsor, the queen’s flag was flying, meaning that she was actually there while we were walking through. At Buckingham, we were able to see the changing of the guard ceremony, which lasted about 45 minutes. Tower of London of course included a visit to the royal jewels, which are spectacular enough to make anyone’s jaw drop. At Kensington, I saw many of the gowns that past members of royalty wore to many special events.
I cannot believe how quickly this entire trip has flown by. It has been an amazing experience, and I am excited to apply what I have learned to my future career as an SLP.
As always, thanks for reading!