First trip to England (2000)

My big present for my high school graduation was a trip to London. Mi gran regalo para la graduación del instituto fue un viaje a Londres. 

When the English department at my new high school announced a trip to England, I wanted to go but figured my mom wouldn’t be up for it. Surprise–she was. Cuando el departamento de (literatura y lengua) inglesa en mi nuevo instituto nos dijo sobre un viaje a Inglaterra, quería ir pero pensaba que mi madre me diría que no pudieramos. Sorpresa: ¡quería ir! 

It was a ten-day trip focused on some theatre aspects of England, along with some day trips to places nearby. Era un viaje de diez días con un enfoque en el teatro inglés, y incluyó algunos viajes a sitios cercanos. 

The Spanish say “es mejor estar solo que mal acompañado”, and it was extremely true on this trip. Neither my mom nor I were happy with the people we were travelling with. We figured this out around the time the other students and chaperones got excited about seeing a McDonald’s. Como los hispanohablantes bien decimos, “es mejor estar solo que mal acompañado”, y este viaje fue evidencia de eso. Ni mi madre ni yo éstabamos contentos con las personas con quien viajabamos. Ya sabíamos eso cuando los otros alumnos y acompañantes se emocionaron por ver un McDonald’s. 

When we arrived at the hotel in London, the rooms weren’t ready, and nor was the tour guide for the walking tour we had that morning. We were all jet lagged from the overnight flight (I have always hated the overnight flights from the US to Europe designed to “save time” because I can never sleep on them.) Las habitaciones del hotel no estaban listos cuando llegamos, y tampoco la guía para el tour de pie que teníamos para esta mañana. Todos teníamos jet lag del vuelo (odio los vuelos de noche desde los EE.UU a Europa que “ahorran tiempo” porque nunca puedo dormir). 

We had various theatre shows to see, and we were all falling asleep during the first one, An Inspector Calls. It was boring, and we hadn’t slept yet. Había varios teatros para ver, y todos dormimos durante el primero, An Inspector Calls (Un inspector llama)

Over the next ten days, we saw the typical London things, such as Buckingham Palace, Big Pen/Parliament, Leicester Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral (which my mom and I thought sounded like the tour guide was saying “St. Falls), the Notting Hill Market (I was a big fan of the film), Covent Garden and Picadilly Circus. As it was a theatre tour, we did see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We heard a lot about the British Museum but didn’t go. Durante los próximos diez días, vimos los sitios tipicos de un viaje a Londres, como el Palacio Buckingham, Big Ben/Parliament, Leicester Square, Catedral San Pablo, el mercado de Notting Hill (me encanta la peli), Covent Garden y Picadilly Circus. Como era un tour de teatro, también fuimos al Globe Theatre de Shakespeare. La guia nos dijo mucho sobre el Museo Británico, pero no fuimos. 

It was the first of three times to London that I did not get to go to the London Eye. Fue el primero de tres viajes a Londres que no fui al London Eye, la nuria grande. 

We went on several day trips. One was to Canterbury and Dover. As I had just read The Canterbury Tales during my senior year of high school, I was especially excited to see the cathedral. I really liked the White Cliffs of Dover and got excited about seeing France in the distance. While at Dover Castle, we saw the Queen Mother arriving for an important dinner. Hicimos muchos excursiones. Uno fue a Canterbury y Dover. Había leído Los cuentos de Canterbury durante mi último año en el instituto, y me emocioné mucho ver la catedral. Me encantaron los Acantilados de Dover y también poder ver Francia en la distancia. Cuando éstabamos en el Castillo de Dover, vimos a la Madre de la Reina Isabel II llegando para una cena importante. 

Another day trip was to Oxford in the morning and Stratford-Upon-Avon in the afternoon. I was really impressed with both and even wanted to go to Oxford University at the time. Otra excursión fue a Oxford por la mañana y Stratford-Upon-Avon por la tarde. Me impresionaron ambos y quería asistir a la Oxford Universidad. 

The third day trip was to Stonehenge and Bath. We were also supposed to see Salisbury, but unfortunately there was some sort of accident involving a lorry carrying sheep and we were caught in traffic. Stonehenge was interesting, but a lot of people were like “it’s just a pile of rocks.” Like I said, “mejor estar solo…” La tercera excursión fue a Stonehenge y Bath. También íbamos a ir a Salisbury, pero había un accidente con una camión con ovejas y había un atasco de tráfico. Stonehenge era interesante, pero muchas personas dijeron “son rocas”. Como ya dije, “mejor estar solo…”

We also went to Windsor Castle, and we saw Prince Charles and Camilla. También fuimos a Castillo Windsor donde vimos a Principe Carlos y Camilla.

We saw three other theatre performances. Blood Brothers, a musical about twins separated at birth, was interesting with great performances, and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) was hysterical, were both included. My mom and I took advantage of an additional musical, one from Andrew Lloyd Webber, called Whistle Down the Wind which I loved. It’s one of his most obscure ones, and it never opened on Broadway. To this day, I can make Broadway fans jealous just by mentioning that I saw it in London’s West End. Asistimos a tres teatros más. Blood Brothers (Hermanos de Sangre), un musical sobre gemelos separados, era interesante con buenas actuaciones, y The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) fue muy gracioso. Ambos fue incluidos con el viaje. Además, mi madre y yo aprovechamos una oportunidad para ver otro musical, Whistle Down the Wind, que me encantó. Hasta hoy en día, pongo a los fans de Broadway celosos solo por mencionar que yo lo había visto en el West End de Londres. 

On our free day, we took a taxi to see Abbey Road and the world’s most famous Zebra Crossing. Durante nuestro día libre, cogimos un taxi para ver Abbey Road y su paso de cebra famoso. 

On our last day, we were scheduled to see Westminster Abbey. Unfortunately for us, there was some sort of bomb threat from the IRA (Irish Republican Army). We were all safe, but it was still an experience. En el último día, íbamos a ver Westminster Abbey. Pero lamentablemente, había una amenaza de bomba de Ejército Republicano Irlandés (¿ERI?) Todos éstabamos seguros y bien, pero fue una experiencia. 

At the time, I started dreaming of living in London, and I decided to study abroad in Spain so I could return to London. While living in Spain, I didn’t go back until my last year, which was to chaperone a school trip of my own. En aquel tiempo, soñaba con vivir en Londres, y decidí estudiar en España para que pudiera volver a Londres. Pero cuando vivía en España, no volví hasta mi último año allí, para acompañar al instituto donde estaba trabajando. 

My mom and I would have a couple more trips we did together, but London was one of the highlights…despite the bad company. Nos quedan un par de viajes juntos, pero Londres fue uno de los mejores…a pesar de estar mal acompañados. 

A continuación. 


11 thoughts on “First trip to England (2000)

  1. My first trip to England was only five years ago.

    At my family church, the adult choir was in residence at Bristol Cathedral for about a week. It turned into a pilgrimage- parishioners, family and friends were invited to join. The trip began to London- my family decided to go up two days ealry- that was when I got to see Les Mis with my mom in the West End

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    • One of these times, I’ll go on the Eye. I’ve been right next to it if it counts for anything.

      (Ok, I will have to have someone invite me to go on the Eye because it’s pretty expensive, lol).

      I’ve seen more of the UK royals than the Spanish royals oddly enough, and I have been a total of 20ish days in the UK and lived 10 years in Spain (I’ve only seen Felipe during his engagement tour to Letizia in 2003). I saw Elizabeth II leaving Buckingham in a motorcade in 2003 too.

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