This weekend was our long-awaited chance for the US Fulbrighters teaching in the UK to come together in London. On Friday night we, along with our head teachers and mentors and the UK teachers who have recently returned from the US, were invited to a reception at the US Embassy. Since there were protests going on in front of the embassy, they had us sneak through the back door, which was rather interesting. It was great to get a chance to talk to others who have been through the process, and just wonderful to see those going through it now. I even met a UK teacher who had done an exchange in my hometown of Auburn, California about 20 years ago who is friends with my friend and former co-worker, Ann Fulweiler. Small world! On Saturday we had meetings most of the day where we all got to share how things are going with our exchanges. Everyone is very glad to be here and embracing the opportunity to teach abroad whole-heartedly, although we are all dealing with different challenges. It was comforting to know we are not alone in our challenges, and that we will get through the tough times with the support of our fellow Fulbrighters and even more than that, enjoy the good times! One of the good times for me was going with some of my Fulbright colleagues to see Lion King at the Lyceum Theater. It was awesome!!!! I loved it from the very first note! It is going on my list of all-time favorite musicals.
|I loved how the actors were both human and animal.|
(In the spirit of full-disclosure, must admit that I didn't actually take these photos, as photos were not allowed during the play or in the palace, but I really did see these things!)
|The White Drawing Room. |
There is a "secret" entrance for the Queen behind the mirror on the left.
Shh... dont' tell anyone!
|The Diamond Diadem. |
The Queen wears this to the opening of Parliament each year.