Adventures of a Drama Teacher

{June 7, 2007}   Just a few photos and the beginning of my written adventures

Mo and I made it to London with only a slight bit of motion sickness for me, due to the crowded shuttle that took 2 hours to get us to the hotel (if I’d known better at the time we could have taken the underground for 1/10th the cost). Our plane was 3 hours late taking off from Phoenix, and G2 missed his plane from PDX all together so we did not meet up at London Heathrow and I had to navigate the shuttle and undergrounds all myself, which proved rather easy, I was quite proud of myself. The first morning Mo and I headed to the Globe where we took the tour. It was an interesting site although not worth the $35.00. I didn’t learn anything new, save that they don’t use microphones and theatrical lighting as they try to keep the productions as authentic as possible to the day (save again stinkard groundlings). I wanted to see Othello but it was much too cold and rainy to stand up as a groundling for a three hour play. That evening we maneuvered to Victoria Station where we saw Wicked, and it was all I expected and more. I almost cried it was so good and little Mister Contrary loved it too.

Day two was spent traipsing through Hyde Park between fits of rain and visiting Kensington Palace and gardens. What an amazing Renaissance place, with all kinds of interesting history! We even got to view some of Princess Diana’s evening gowns. I sure would love to wear some of them! After making it back to the hotel I was so freezing and Mo and I still hadn’t adjusted to the UK time zone we just hung out in our room watched TV, ate and slept as we had to be up early to catch the Eurostar to Brussels.

I navigated the underground to the international station and we had no problems getting to Belgium (in the chunnel we were only underwater for about 20 minutes and it really wreaked havoc on my eardrums). I had my first gofre (SIC) aka Belgian Waffle in 30 years on the train and boy was it GOOOOD! The director of the school picked us up in Brussels and it took us about 30 minutes to get to the school. We had lunch in the cafeteria which used to be the old, old gym when I went to school there and Brother Brannan, now known as just Brannan, or Mr. Gary, greeted me with a warm hug. I had seen him 10 years ago when G2 and I visited on our honeymoon. Brannan took me on a tour of the school and a small Scottish teacher named Mr. Moe took Mo with his class of students. Mo cried but went anyway being a trooper. I met the former theatre teacher, whom was very helpful and wanting to make the transition as smooth as possible for me. The stage was more than amazing, the web site doesn’t do it justice. I continued on with meeting after meeting and eventually got to check into the Hotel Ibis, really near my old dwelling and have a little snooze before diner with my old English teacher whom is now the Director of Admissions and the school director’s wife who is an 8th grade science teacher at the school. Before dinner Mo and I traversed over to the old GB supermarket which is now Carfer (I think) but the old GB Quick hamburger joint (the only fast food place when I lived there) was still there. In the direct area there now is Pizza Hut and Dominos Pizza, we shall survive!


boxx9000 says:

Othello is one of my all time FAVORITES. Yum, a belgium waffle sounds really good right now. (I only have eggos. hehehehe) Did Mo like Europe? Did he spend time with his relatives on his father’s side? How does he feel about moving to Belgium. That school is going to be so good for him. How are you feeling about it all? I’m so excited (and happy) for you. This is a life changing opportunity. I predict a happily ever after. Any news from *S*?

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is great blog. An excellent read. I’ll definitely be back.

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