In just a few days, I fly across the great big pond and begin my summer studies in the merry old land of England. Can you believe it? I can’t. Especially as I have yet to figure out how to pack for a month long journey, and really haven’t done much of anything in the way of preparation because (here we go, confession time), I’m a huge procrastinator. As in, I’ve won awards for procrastinating. Made speeches. Have trophies. I’m a champ.
In better news, I purchased a 2015 tips book which will surely have me hob-nobbin’ with locals and flitting about London in no time, right? Did I mention that I lived in England as a kid? Because I did.
For the first part of my trip, I’ll be based in Stratford Upon Avon for some study with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The latter half moves me to London, where I’ll be hanging more with the folks at The Globe Theatre and learning what they know. I’ve booked a little time at the end for some extra fun time in the city, and have an overnighter to Paris lined up as well.
But listen, I have lots of goals for when I’m there, as this is valuable time, indeed! I can’t let it go to waste. Here are some personal goals.
- Visit the Apollo Victoria Theatre where I first fell in love with theatre to begin with. Back then (when I was eight) it was home to Starlight Express. That place has my heart and I’ll need to pay my respects.
- Have a pint (or 3) at a pub, because I have to.
- Race around Hamley’s Toy Store just the way I did when as a kid. Do they still have a candy store in the basement? Because I’m all about the gummies.
- Travel to Woodbridge, a small town in Suffolk, and then not far from that to my childhood home on what used to be Bentwaters Air Force Base.
- Find an LGBT bookstore and wander its aisles.
- Eat “crisps” that come in a funny flavor (does England still have Hula Hoops? I ate those as a child. One flavor was ox tail another was tomato. What??? They were surprisingly good. Also, Quavers. Do those still exist? I heart Quavers.)
- Try fish and chips as an adult and see if I like them any better. I’m feeling optimistic. I can be big about this.
What am I forgetting?!
Question: If you could give me one tip about England, what would it be?