The typical British weather made a reappearance this weekend in time for St Hugh’s excursion to London. The students were all kitted out with umbrellas and raincoats as they clambered aboard the coach in the morning.
It was only a short trip from Oxford to England’s capital city and on the way our students discussed excitedly what they wanted to buy and which of London’s famous landmarks they might see on their way around the city. The coach dropped them off a short walk from their first stop – the Natural History Museum. On their way there, students kept their eyes peeled for classic red London buses or phone boxes, sparking a competition to see who could spot the most!
When they reached the museum, the students all split up to track down whichever part of history interested them and their friends most. From dinosaurs to space to British wildlife, across the museum’s five extensive collections, there are 80 million different items, which means there was something for every student to be enraptured by.
After a few hours of losing themselves in the museum, the students had to tear themselves away from the museum’s wonderful exhibits so that they could make it to the second part of their excursion: Kensington Palace.
Britain’s monarchy is often a source of fascination for our international students and the contingent from Hugh’s were no different. They were all by turn awed and then chattering excitedly as they made their way around the palace. The rain even let up for long enough for them to take a stroll around the beautiful gardens!
When the students climbed back on the coach, they were armed with plenty of souvenirs from their day and a lot of expert historical knowledge!
There was time for a little homework or badminton before bed, but most students were eager to fall into bed after such a long and tiring day.