We arrived in London at the end of the cold snap. The first night whilst queuing for our first show, the students stood silently, looking slightly confused as the icy wind whipped at their jackets, chilling them to the core. We were soon toasty enough and laughing hysterically at the “Play That Goes Wrong”. During the production a plethora of disasters befall the cast including doors sticking; props on the walls falling down; floors collapsing. Cast members are seen misplacing props; forgetting lines, anything that can go wrong does.
Waking up on day two we were greeted by unexpected sunshine, obviously, the students had cleverly brought it with them from Cairo. This enabled us to walk between the sites and see more of London, averaging about 20,00 steps a day. We also travelled by boat and sky rail rewarded with stunning and unexpected views of London, when we journeyed to the Meridian Line, 0°0′0″ at the Greenwich planetarium.
We learnt about London’s past, about plague, fire and torture at the London Dungeons. We were equally terrified by more sordid stories of darker times and then bedazzled by the gleaming Crown Jewels at the Tower of London and the gleaming smiles of the starts at Madam Tussauds.
We visited the Tate Britain, The National Gallery where we were lucky enough to be able to see some of Van Gogh’s and Monnet’s masterpieces first hand. We also grappled with the more abstract concepts involved in the contemporary artwork at the Saatchi Gallery.
However, the Musicals were the highlight of the Trip. Each very different from the each other and everyone had their favourite for different reasons. We saw Les Misérables, The Lion King , Matilda and Wicked.
Finally, I would like to take a moment s to say how grateful myself and the other staff, Miss Esraa and Miss Ellicott are for the endless energy, enthusiasm and fantastic conduct of the students for the entirety of the trip. We had a wonderful time.