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What A Wonderful Trip!!!

29/04/2003, By Belinda Miller

Reader Rating: 2.9 from 14976 votes


What a wonderful trip!!!! In mid-March, two adult sponsors brought seven American high school girls to the UK for spring break. This is a group of Girl Scouts (Girl Guides) who have been together as a troop since they were in second grade. They have been planning a trip to the UK for nine years. The past three years have been spent in fund raising, learning about the UK, and organizing the travel plans.

Little did we know that the world would be a different place from the time that the girls began their plans. After many hours of discussion with many people, we decided that we would head out and see what happened.

We were hosted in Formby by Ann and Mike Wood and several of her friends for three days and were able to experience Wales and Scotland. The castle in Wales was remarkable and the shopping in Scotland was perfect for high school girls.

Then we travel to London for five fun filled days that will long be a perfect memory in our hearts. Each day brought new adventures for the nine females from a small East Texas town. The girls loved everything about London. We traveled by the tube, train and bus (and walked a lot). The girls chose to see Fame and it was delightful.

We did all the normal things that tourist do: The Tower, The Eye, St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey, The Globe and Buckingham Palace. We shopped until we dropped at Camden and Covent Garden as well as every little shop along the way. We enjoyed the Brass Rubbings at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the tea, the interesting food and the GREAT people of London.

Two days before our experience was over, the war was declared. Even though there were protestors, we never felt afraid or concerned. One afternoon as we were strolling by a church, we went in and were greeted by a priest. He asked about our travels to the UK and told us two important things that we will long remember: out eight day trip was just too short and that Americans are always welcomed in England.

As we were back on the plane heading home, we asked the girls what they thought and they summed it up nicely.....it was so much more than we ever thought possible. Thank you London for giving us a memory we will hold dear forever and we will be back!!!!!

Belinda Miller

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Re: What A Wonderful Trip!!!

By Richard Wyland 01/05/2003, (Rating: 2.9 from 13913 votes)

So glad that "y'all" had a great time in London...I'm sure that the young ladies will have many happy memories to enjoy until their next trip to the "Smoke"...

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Re: What A Wonderful Trip!!!

By Hallybod 19/05/2003, (Rating: 2.9 from 13940 votes)

It's great to know that you had a fantastic time. Britain is such a beautiful place and their memories will last them a lifetime.

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Response to Misconceptions

By K. Leno 20/05/2003, (Rating: 2.9 from 13921 votes)

I traveled in Oxford and London during the last week in March and first week in April. Everything I saw was of great historical significance, and I had no idea how much greatness has come out of the country. It's a must-do in the arena of world travel! One thing I did notice is that some of the people I talked to while traveling had some misconceptions about America. One lady thought that jaywalking was an issue in the U.S., that many are arrested. It is actually ignored. Another individual thought we still enforce the draft. It seems that little details get blown up out of scale by some media. The reality the British is shown, by some of the press and by a few Americans acting boorish, is not always correct or in the proper proportion to what is true here. I do intend to return to beautiful England where I have roots. K. Leno

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Re: Response to Misconceptions

By Robin 02/06/2003, (Rating: 2.9 from 13866 votes)

..and no doubt you saw things in England that Americans have always had misconceptions about. Many still believe London is perpetually foggy and all the men wear bowler hats :)

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