Thursday, December 20, 2018

OBU in London #29 - August 15 (Homeward Bound)

July 16 – August 14, 2018 – “The London 15” – OBU Student Abroad in London, England
Reykjavik airport


This summer, I had the privilege of spending a month in England with a group of 15 students from Oklahoma Baptist University.  Dr. Lindsey Panxhi (an English faculty colleague) and myself, along with our respective spouses, conducted a faculty-led Study Abroad that spent four weeks on the ground in London teaching OBU courses to OBU students while being immersed in the culture and history of Great Britain.  These are our stories!

Wednesday, August 15 – HOME!

Up early this morning to get ready.  We had an adventure getting to Heathrow.  We took the Tube to Heathrow Terminal 4 (an hour-long ride), where we had to outwait a fire alarm.  Then we found out we were at the wrong terminal – that Icelandair flies out of Terminal 2.  It took ½ and hour to catch an airport shuttle and walk to the right terminal and go through security.  We made it, with not much time to spare.  And then found out that our flight was delayed by ½ an hour!  So we had time to grab lunch before heading to our gate.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

OBU in London #28 - August 14 (The Last Supper)


July 16 – August 14, 2018 – “The London 15” – OBU Student Abroad in London, England 
 
This summer, I had the privilege of spending a month in England with a group of 15 students from Oklahoma Baptist University.  Dr. Lindsey Panxhi (an English faculty colleague) and myself, along with our respective spouses, conducted a faculty-led Study Abroad that spent four weeks on the ground in London teaching OBU courses to OBU students while being immersed in the culture and history of Great Britain.  These are our stories!



Tuesday, August 14 – The Wellington Pub
 
So, last class period this morning, wrapping up Biblical Ethics with a great discussion of creation stewardship.  It’s been a great month of class – I’m looking forward to another go-around at this next summer.  After lunch Vanessa and I did some last-minute shopping for the kids at the Harry Potter store and a local cheap souvenir shop. 

Vanessa also tried to get arrested ... London doesn't want you feeding the park pigeons.  Vanessa loves pigeons, and we had a bunch of packages of crackers left over at the hostel.  Easy solution - Vanessa fed her beloved pigeons, who in turn flocked lovingly around her.  Fun times!

We had a “last supper” as a full group tonight – at The Wellington Pub.  They were willing to take all 19 of us at once.  It was a great dinner – I had the traditional Steak, Ale & Mushroom Pie, and a lemon tart for dessert.  Everyone had a fantastic time, visiting and chatting and reminiscing.

Monday, December 17, 2018

OBU in London #27 - August 13 (Buckingham Palace)

July 16 – August 14, 2018 – “The London 15” – OBU Student Abroad in London, England


This summer, I had the privilege of spending a month in England with a group of 15 students from Oklahoma Baptist University.  Dr. Lindsey Panxhi (an English faculty colleague) and myself, along with our respective spouses, conducted a faculty-led Study Abroad that spent four weeks on the ground in London teaching OBU courses to OBU students while being immersed in the culture and history of Great Britain.  These are our stories!

Monday, August 13 – Buckingham Palace!

Up this morning – 2nd last class period.  After lunch most of the group headed off for a tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace – the Queen’s official residence!  It was the walk, and security routine, to get in.  It started to rain a bit during our walk, and then the skies really opened up for about 10 minutes.  We waited out the rainstorm under the shelter of some massive trees, and still made it in plenty of time.

The Buckingham tour itself was very enlightening.  Most of the State Rooms were built or decorated in the past 200 years, and have beautiful carvings and wainscoting.  Very impressive, and also neat to get a glimpse into the reception areas and banquet halls used by the current royal family for state visits and functions.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

OBU in London #26 - August 12 (Hillsong London)



July 16 – August 14, 2018 – “The London 15” – OBU Student Abroad in London, England

This summer, I had the privilege of spending a month in England with a group of 15 students from Oklahoma Baptist University.  Dr. Lindsey Panxhi (an English faculty colleague) and myself, along with our respective spouses, conducted a faculty-led Study Abroad that spent four weeks on the ground in London teaching OBU courses to OBU students while being immersed in the culture and history of Great Britain.  These are our stories!



Sunday, August 12 – Hillsong London

First thing this morning, Emma and I walked back to Her Majesty’s Theatre in pursuit of the missing wallet.  We found someone who knows a lot more, and he promised to go check himself and get back to us by phone.  With that promise, we headed to Hillsong Church, just down Tottenham Court Rd.  It was certainly a different worship experience for our group – very much like a YC / Falls Creek worship service.  Very loud, very upbeat, very Pentecostal!  The church meets in the Dominion Theatre, a still-working venue (currently playing, ironically, Bat Out of Hell).  You could feel the bass drums pulsing in your chest – it was a bit much for some of our girls.

Friday, December 14, 2018

OBU in London #25 - August 11 (Phantom of the Opera)


 July 16 – August 14, 2018 – “The London 15” – OBU Student Abroad in London, England


This summer, I had the privilege of spending a month in England with a group of 15 students from Oklahoma Baptist University.  Dr. Lindsey Panxhi (an English faculty colleague) and myself, along with our respective spouses, conducted a faculty-led Study Abroad that spent four weeks on the ground in London teaching OBU courses to OBU students while being immersed in the culture and history of Great Britain.  These are our stories!


Saturday, August 11 – Phantom of the Opera

Good sleep last night – woke up pretty refreshed this morning.  Class at 10am, then lunch.  It was a free afternoon for our crew.  I spent almost all of the afternoon getting the budget updated.  Had enough time to go shopping with Vanessa.  We went to the corner stall guy and bought matching London zip-up jackets for me and Vanessa, T-shirts for Elaina, Mandy, Emma and Maddie.  I also bought a cool British hat.  I think it looks quite spiffy.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

OBU in London #24 - August 10 (Kew Gardens)

Kew Palace

July 16 – August 14, 2018 – “The London 15” – OBU Student Abroad in London, England

This summer, I had the privilege of spending a month in England with a group of 15 students from Oklahoma Baptist University.  Dr. Lindsey Panxhi (an English faculty colleague) and myself, along with our respective spouses, conducted a faculty-led Study Abroad that spent four weeks on the ground in London teaching OBU courses to OBU students while being immersed in the culture and history of Great Britain.  These are our stories!



Friday, August 10 – Kew Gardens

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

OBU in London #23 - August 9 (Wells & Bath)

The Wookey Hole Hotel, aka
Hotel Transylvania
July 16 – August 14, 2018 – “The London 15” – OBU Student Abroad in London, England


Wells Cathedral
This summer, I had the privilege of spending a month in England with a group of 15 students from Oklahoma Baptist University.  Dr. Lindsey Panxhi (an English faculty colleague) and myself, along with our respective spouses, conducted a faculty-led Study Abroad that spent four weeks
Close Up ...
on the ground in London teaching OBU courses to OBU students while being immersed in the culture and history of Great Britain.  These are our stories!


Thursday, August 9 – Wells Cathedral & Bath
Far away ...

I overdid the food last night at the Bell Inn.  After finishing my burger, I helped two of our girls polish off their Camembert cheese, and then had my sticky toffee pudding.  Too much fat – I woke up in the middle of the night with a nasty stomach ache.  Lesson learned – again.  I wish I could remember that lesson permanently!