The last week has rushed by, and now even my finals are rushing by as well. It is has been quite emotional the last few days as I realize it is the last time I will be doing many of these things for a long time.
Last weekend, after pub golf, we headed off to Lead’s Castle and the Rochester Christmas market. Both were highly talked about as the most beautiful castle in Europe and the best Christmas market in Europe, respectively. I was not impressed. The castle was tiny and the only really cool thing about it was that it was surrounded by water. And the Christmas market… I could find better stuff at a couple of garage sales. Either way, it was one more day to spend with my LBS group. That night, we headed off to Leicester Square to O’neils one more time to listen to some live music. On Sunday, our host sister Jess took JJ and I to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. The closest thing I can compare it to is the Minnesota State Fair, but Christmas themed. IT WAS SO COOL! There was an amusement park, so many restaurants, pubs, food stands and definitely the best Christmas market in Europe. I could have spent a few extra hours there (our LBS group is going Ice Skating there on Thursday). Jess, JJ and I went ice skating as well as ventured into the Magical Ice Kingdom where there were multiple ice sculptures and an ice slide. It was super chilly in the Ice Kingdom and it began to remind me of returning home.
Monday we went to PwC for our Ethics class. It was cool to visit the other office and we discussed sustainability with a few managers. After that, we had our final COJO class where we presented on different areas of London. My group discussed Canary Wharf, which is a major business district in London and the world.
Yesterday, we finished up Art History. We had to memorize twenty paintings from the last 200 years, the artist, date it was painted and a fact about it. It was pretty easy and I feel that I did really well on it. After that, Amelia and I did some shopping and I finally visited Harrods. The place was absolutely stunning and I saw the most ridiculous items such as diamond crested phone cases for $100,000 and a watch for roughly 1.2 million. Obviously I went crazy, and purchased a few things… not. We then finished up our souvenir shopping and called it a day.
Today was my last day of volunteering with Year 1B. I did my standard work, but at the end the class had a surprise for me! They all wrote me the cutest thank you cards and I received a box of Cadbury chocolates. It was the greatest feeling to know I made an impact on all of these kids in just a few short weeks. A few started crying and I about joined them. They asked what day I would be returning and specifically what time. It was hard to say goodbye.
And now, I just finished a little touch American Football in the park. About fifteen members of the LBS group joined and it was an absolute blast. Although most of my clothes were ruined from the mud, it was worth it. The fog was horrendous and to the point where we couldn’t see the end of the field. I probably will be too sore to walk tomorrow but my team came out with a victory, which is what mattered. That football game was just another memory I do not want to lose.