Joyce Leung is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A dietetics major at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, she is studying abroad in London this term.
In this week's post, Joyce takes us along on the CAPA London trip to explore Stonehenge and the nearby city of Bath.
CAPA organized a Stonehenge and Bath trip this past weekend. I was so excited when I realized this trip had no additional cost because it was included as part of the CAPA package. It’s a great idea to attend whatever CAPA has organized. Who doesn’t like free?!
We departed our flats by bus around 9:30am. The bus ride took about two hours. It was a great time to get to know other students or catch up on sleep.
Stonehenge is one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments. According to the guides, the first monument was built about 5,000 years ago! Stones were brought from long distances, treated using special techniques, and raised in a specific manner. Today, it is a World Heritage Site. What a privilege it was to have the opportunity to see something so special. The current question is – who built it, when, and why? Many theories have been put forth. Who doesn’t love a good mystery?
After walking around the Stonehenge site, we got back on the bus to head to the City of Bath to see the Roman Baths.
The city of Bath was beautiful. This picture does not do the real view justice.
Just because the view was beautiful doesn’t mean I can forget about eating. I haven’t had anything to eat since breakfast at this point. The guide recommended something quick and inexpensive to fill up so we can spend the rest of our time exploring this gorgeous city. I stopped at The Cornish Bakery and picked up the last pork, apple, and cider pasty. There was only one left, so I assumed it was a popular one. It must have been because it was delicious.
I spent my free time at the Fashion Museum in Bath, where I followed the history of fashion for both men and women since the 1700s. I’ve heard that most museums in London were free so I was surprised to find out after a 10-minute uphill walk that there was an entrance fee. With a student discount, it was £7.75. That’s not so bad. The collection was worth it! Every piece caught my attention. If I had more time, I would have listened to every number through the audio guide. I learned so much about styles, cuttings, patterns, and materials since the 1700s. I can’t imagine how heavy some of those dresses would have been for a lady in the higher society! There was even an area where you can try on some of the pieces. I found the details and patterns of each piece to be interesting. Soap was an expensive item back then. Therefore, clothing items were not washed as often. Patterned items were a much better investment to a closet.
Lucky for us, Bath Carnival was taking place on this day. The Bath Carnival was partly inspired by the Rio Carnival, where locals can come together to represent their community, perform music, and dance. There were lots of costumes, music, and dancing involved.
I finally made it to the Roman Baths, where I spent the rest of my time in Bath. This exhibition presented what made the Roman Bath so special in England, what people believed in back then, who came to visit, and how it was built. I was amazed at how much work and detail was put into building such a lovely place. I spent much of my time standing by the bath mesmerized by the fact that society elites used to hang out here. The water today is most definitely not therapeutic or clean. See for yourself!
I finished my time in the city of Bath with a 3-scoop delicious cup of Real Italian Ice Cream before heading back on the bus for a 2-hour ride home.
Thanks CAPA for such an amazing experience!
Joyce's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.