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High School Band Trip To England

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It was a cold and windy day on March 16th, 2008. This was day we got off a plane from an eight-hour, leg cramping fight to London, England. Yet even now the dreary weather and long flight could not bring us down. The Chestermere High School concert band was so thrilled just to be there that nothing so minor as the weather really mattered.  Our group stayed in London for most of the time but we also went to Stratford Upon Avon and Harrogate where we stayed in Queen Ethelburga’s boarding school.
  As there was one other school from Calgary slowing our progress through customs, we grew inpatient to manage our way through the labyrinthine maze of velvet ropes and guards, get our luggage and head out the doors.  It felt as though an eternity passed before we finally swung wide the front doors at Heathrow Airport. Before us stood a pair of long, jet black tour busses with deeply tinted windows. After getting our luggage stowed into the under carriage of the bus and everyone was seated and buckled in, we departed for our first hotel. The shock that cam with the feeling of driving what felt the wrong side of the road, soon passed as our tour guide immersed us in tales of Great Britain’s rich heritage. The hotel itself was historic in nature, it was small and old, yet quite exquisite. Standing beneath the gold leafed roof, we began split up into our rooming groups. Three classmates in one small room, “I’m sure this will be interesting.” I thought to my self as I strode into the elevator.  

We had just a few short minutes to get settled into our rooms before it was time to depart for a walking tour of the area.  Ten students and two adults comprised one group. My group went on our way down the street and another until we came across a street with a multitude of shops. We stopped in store after store until we made it to the end of the street. It was now time, however, to do something the two boys in the group wanted to do, and they chose to go walk through Hyde Park.  In the park we found the statue of Peter Pan and the rest of the characters from his historic play. By this time it was blisteringly cold outside and we had already found the pub the band was eating at, so our group went inside. Then it was time to go back to our hotel for an excellent night sleep, as tomorrow there was even more to see. The night was short, my roommates and I did not get much sleep, though we were all set to go see more...

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