London dazzles BMHS |

London dazzles BMHS

Cindy Ramunno

Suzanne Foster, a teacher at Battle Mountain High School, knows how to educate and celebrate.

Foster, along with two parents and seven students, traveled to London this past spring break for a jam-packed, nine-day adventure. All who went came back with a better knowledge of the fine arts.

Parents Nancy Lindbloom ” also a teacher at the school ” and Diana Meehan attended with their daughters Katie Lindbloom and Meghan Meehan. Christina Jacobson, Nicole Layman, Jamie Simmonds, Grant Stevenson and Eli Acosta also went.

The group stayed in the west end of London, only five minutes from the British Museum and most of the area’s theaters. They saw the musical tragedy “Blood Brothers,” as well as The Reduced Shakespeare Company, which performed all 37 of the bard’s plays in 97 minutes. They also saw Dame Judy Dench in “All That Ends Well.”

The group toured London, Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stratford. They rode the tube and a double-decker bus, as well as the London Eye. “We toured and had an acting workshop at the Globe,” Foster said.

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The trip was fast and furious, beginning with the sights and sounds of the British capital ” Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Soho, St. Paul’s, Oxford Street and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, among others.

Acosta said it was a great experience. “I think the highest point of the trip was just being in the city and seeing a different culture,” Acosta said.

Layman has many distinct memories of the trip. “Sprinting through the streets of London, trying to make it to a show,” she said.

The Oxford Bath and Stratford were beautiful, Layman said.

“The small town-like streets were old and historic,” she said.

The entire group reported the trip went smooth and everyone got along really well.

“The group that went was one of the best groups I have ever traveled with,” said Simmonds, who also mentioned that shopping in London was extremely fun.

As in the movies, London has a surreal quality to it, the students said. Christina Jacobson is an art student, who said she appreciated the culture and museums.

“The red telephone booths and double-deck busses are just as you see in the movies,” she said. Jacobson said she would like to study and live in London in the future.

“It’s a great city ” I can’t wait to go back,” Jacobson said.

The adults who chaperoned agreed the trip was a success. Lindbloom said the students who traveled were extremely well-behaved and represented Battle Mountain in a positive manner.

“Watching their reactions to the sights and sounds was so much fun,” she said. “Their enthusiasm and appreciation of what we were seeing was refreshing.”

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