Day 21 Part Two: Mrs. Dalloway Walk

Following our high tea our class started the second part of our day with Andrea leading us on the walk Mrs. Dalloway took in Virginia Woolf’s novel. Mrs. Dalloway and her husband owned a house near parliament and Big Ben, this was the start of our walk.


As we started the route we took a detour to Buckingham Palace to see where Queen Elizabeth II lives. Currently she is in residence at the palace so we could only look at the palace instead of taking a tour.



After this our class continued on Mrs. Dalloway’s walk in St. James’s Park. There we discussed the reflections of the main characters including themes of death and time.


Once the discussion in the park was finished we moved on with Mrs. Dalloway’s walk to Piccadilly Street. This is the street Mrs. Dalloway buys her flowers. Mrs. Dalloway states the city life reminds her of the hustle of life. This is where we ended our discussion. Some fellow students talked about how they likes Woolf’s use of real life places in her novel. We also discussed how what Mrs. Dalloway would have experienced on her walk would have been completely different from what we experienced on our walk today. The discussion of Mrs. Dalloway was a good way to end our day together.

Once we got back to the hostel everyone split up with some people going to Evensong and others going to find wifi. Sadly our trip will be coming to an end shortly. Seeing London is amazing and us students can’t wait for our free day tomorrow to explore London on our own! Cheers!


Day Six: Goodbye York, Hello Ambleside

Students had sad faces while they packed their bag today, we were leaving our new favorite city of York.  We started our journey to Ambleside by taking a train to Preston where we waited about an hour for our next train to Windermere. 


Once we arrived in Windermere students and teacher got onto a double decker bus to get to our Hostel.  As the students rushed to get seats on the open top of the bus, Dr. Clark decided to stay on the bottom to ensure we got off at the right stop. As the bus took off the cold wind hit our faces.  As our first view of the lake came into our sight we soon forgot the cold.



The picture above does not give the view justice.  The lake water was calm and the surrounding landscape breathtaking.  After we were dropped off at Ambleside we had a very short walk to our hostel.



After checking into our rooms my group of 5 girls went out to explore the new city.  We walked along the shore line and saw groups of ducks, two geese, and a swan.  Our group noticed that everyone was eating ice cream so we decided that we needed to join in on this tradition and got ice cream.



It was very good and a nice treat that seemed to be the thing to do.  My group and I walked along the sea side and saw a great place to take more scenery pictures.

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Once again these pictures do not do the scene justice; the view is breathtaking. As our group kept walking along some paths we came upon an Ambleside Roman Fort that had some of the structure still standing.

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We continued our walk into the city and came across some of the wildlife that Ambleside has to offer.  Pastures full of cows and sheep lined the streets of our walk to the city center.

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We stopped and stared at the animals because we don’t see them enough in Iowa. After our attention was done being sidetracked by the animals we continued our walk to have it only be distracted again by a game of rugby. DSC00266

For some of us this was as close as we had been to a rugby game.  After watching the end of the game we continued on to the city where we browsed some shops.  Of course we stopped in three bookstores, because this is what we English majors do. My group stopped to eat at a small pub to get some pub grub. I had bangers and mash.

DSC00275Our short walk back took us to the hostel where we ended our day.  We were excited to explore the city and be in a new location.  Everyone is looking forward to the new adventures we will start tomorrow.