Last Days in the UK

All good things must come to an end. Our last two days in England have been restful and full of reminiscing. They have also been full of the expected menial tasks, like packing and taking our take-home final exam.  So it goes.

Yesterday, several of us returned to St. Mary’s church to experience Anglican worship for a second time. It wasn’t quite as special as the first time, but we all still enjoyed it very much. Just like our first experience, the people were incredibly friendly, and it was fun to worship in a style different than we get at home. For lunch after church, we returned to Spencer’s Cafe…because that cranberry & brie panini was too good to only eat once ;)  

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Today, Monday, was our final day in England. As Regan and I ran a few errands, it was a bit strange to think that I won’t be returning to Cheltenham anytime soon….possibly ever. At the same time, that realization made me want to savour every moment of English raindrops, public transportation, busy streets, aged architecture, and amazing accents all the more. These past three weeks have been exhilarating, fantastic, mind-blowing, amazing. I have seen the graves of kings and queens, dead for hundreds of years. I have walked in the steps of Shakespeare and C.S. Lewis. I have seen the Atlantic from the opposite side of the world. I have visited two castles, and seen Cotswold hillsides dotted with sheep. I have seen top-notch Shakespeare productions, not once, but twice! I have eaten delicious food, and have become better friends with a dozen people I hardly knew before this trip. I am incredibly blessed.

Tonight we had a farewell dinner. Sandy and Denise, our two Cheltenham coordinators, joined our entire Cedarville crew for a fancy meal at Copa, a restaurant here in town. Although much of the menu consisted of traditional British food, the restaurant served it in an especially classy (and delicious) manner. I had salmon niçoise (which had a poached egg on top), with a Belgian dark chocolate torte (with salted caramel hazelnuts and creme fraiche) for dessert. It was uh-mazing.

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The last meeting of our dinner club :/ It was a sad fact to acknowledge, but we compensated by having perhaps our most enjoyable meal yet. :)

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As I sit here typing, watching the sun set outside my second floor window, Cheltenham town lies silhouetted against a multicolored sky. It reminds me that yes, this has been a wonderful trip, but my trip home tomorrow will also be wonderful. I have enjoyed myself immensely, and definitely will miss jolly ol’ England…but Iowa is the place to go if you want to see real sunsets ;)

Well, friends, I am heading to bed. Tomorrow will be a very long day of travel, as we hope to leave for Heathrow by 7am. Thank you so much for reading my blog! All of your positive comments have been so encouraging, and have meant a lot! It’s because of you sweet readers that I’ve been able to stay somewhat punctual with the updates. You are wonderful!



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