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! 

Monday, December 3, 2018

OBU in London #22 - August 8 (Salisbury & Stonehenge)

Cover your eyes: bedbugs!!!
Open your eyes! Iconic Salisbury Cathedral
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! 


Wednesday, August 8 – Salisbury & Stonehenge!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

OBU in London #21 - August 7 (Canterbury & Dover)

Canterbury Cathedral: Under Construction
July 16 – August 14, 2018 – “The London 15” – OBU Student Abroad in London, England

Beautiful Interior of
Canterbury Cathedral
Chapel of St. Anselm -
my favorite Archbishop

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 7 – Canterbury & Dover!

Model of Dover Castle (at Dover!)
Most of the London 15 on a Dover hill
Today was the start of our whirlwind three-day excursion.  Up early to be at Enterprise car rental before 8AM.  It took until 8:30 to process all our paperwork and get our 3 vehicles.  Arsid drove a 9-passenger Mercedes van, I drove an 8-passenger Hyundai, and Vanessa got a Volkswagon Touring, a
View from the Tower of Dover Castle
smaller 5-passenger car.  Despite getting split up almost immediately, we all made it to Canterbury in plenty of time for our 11:00 entrance.  Canterbury Cathedral was, once again, beautiful, with soaring arches and story-telling stained glass.  Much of the exterior was, sadly, obscured by scaffolding, but the inside was impressive and spiritually uplifting.  The grounds were also very extensive and enjoyable.  It was quite warm, and Vanessa was about done with walking – but I could have spent hours exploring the grounds and the old medieval walls.  We had a quick lunch (McDonald’s for us – first fast food in Europe), then on the road again …

Saturday, December 1, 2018

OBU in London #20 - August 6 (High Tea @ Kensington Palace)

Vanessa in the Great Hall @ Kensington Palace

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

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!





Royal Medieval Games!
Monday, August 6 – Kensington Palace!

OBU in London High Tea Table
Slept in a little bit this morning.  Class until an early light lunch.  Then to Kensington Palace to tour and then enjoy High Tea in their Pavilion Tearoom. 

The Palace itself was a pleasant visit.  We heard nice short talks on the State Apartments upstairs, and
Yummy Tea Treats
then there was a very moving display about Queen Victoria on the first floor, focused particularly on her romance with Prince Albert.  That was the highlight of the Palace Tour for me.  I didn’t make it to the exhibit on Princess Diana’s fashion – many of our students loved that! 


High Tea, however, was the REAL prime attraction.  The 18 of us (minus Arsid) were seated in a side room with only a few other guests.  The team menu itself was very delicious – five types of sandwich fingers, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and three desserts – a Victorian sponge, a cheesecake, and a fruit & chocolate mousse.  But the highlight was how much all the students enjoyed the experience.  They all had tea – although Emma ended up drinking a pot of coffee too – and were chatting
Casey House demonstrating proper
tea-drinking form
and laughing quite through the tea.  We stayed for almost two hours, just to enjoy the fellowship and conversation.

After tea, back to Pickwick.  We had Colloquium before supper, as no one was hungry yet.  Another good day filled with blessings.  You are good, Lord. 
Vanessa & I in the Kensington Palace Gardens

Friday, November 30, 2018

OBU in London #19 - August 5 (Aberlady and Dirleton)

Packing up at Seabreeze
Saydi & Sierra enjoying the
cold Firth of Forth
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!

Dirleton Castle entrance
Sunday, August 5 – Aberlady Church and Dirleton Castle

Slept in a bit, then had another great breakfast at Seabreeze, including a nice pot of tea.  Saydi and Sierra wanted more time at the beach, which we were happy to do!  They picked up seashells, and we enjoyed the sun, sea air, and breeze. 

Dirleton's rookery
for carrier pigeons
One of the strangest trees ever!
At 10:45, we drove 25 miles east to Aberlady to attend Aberlady Parish (Church of Scotland).  It was a lovely worship service in a beautiful classic parish church.  The people were very welcoming and gracious.  I got to talk to the organist afterward; he showed me their pipe organ.  He offered to let me play it – I foolishly declined!  Silly goose. 

After church we drove to Dirleton Castle, a partly ruined castle built in the 1300s.  We were able to explore every crevice of the remaining castle – the most freedom we’ve had in a castle!  It’s not as big, but the freedom
Main drawbridge
to wander was nice. 

Then on to the Scottish Seabird Center, right on the east tip of the Scottish coast.  Good view of Bass Rock, a famous massive white rock in the ocean that is the nesting place for gannets.  We ate at a famous food truck – The Lobster Shack – a famous
Vanessa framing the castle
local stop run by three young men who were deemed quite cute by our three girls.  Yummy food (again).
 
Then it was back into Edinburgh, and a somewhat stressful drive through the downtown festival crowd to return the car to Enterprise.  We made it – barely – but didn’t
Lunch @ Lobster Shack
have time to do any Scotland souvenir shopping.  My three girls were not too impressed with that. 

Famous Bass Rock
Uneventful train ride back to London – we enjoyed watching the coast go by as we went to Berwick, and we watched more scenic countryside than we had on the way up.  Arrived back at Pickwick about 11.  FaceTimed with the kids briefly, then headed to bed. 

Pipers outside the Scottish Seabird Center



Thursday, November 29, 2018

OBU in London #18 - August 4 (Loch Ness)

Our room at Seabreeze B&B
Breakfast @ Seabreeze

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.
Journaling at Breakfast
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 4 – Loch Ness!

View from our room
Today was a day of ups and downs, missed opportunities, redeemed mistakes, and reminders. 

Beach by Seabreeze, Edinburgh
We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning overlooking the glittering Firth of Forth.  Went downstairs for breakfast, which was in a charming dining room.  Breakfast was delicious – smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast; yogurt, croissants, tea, and orange juice.  Our hostess, Selma, was lovely and gracious.

We adjusted our starting schedule to allow Sierra and Saydi time to explore the beach and hunt for shells.  Admittedly, I really enjoyed the cool ocean air as well.  Nice start to the day.