Thursday, January 22, 2009

Onward to Cambridge

The following blog was written by Anders Eckman, a third year Ensemble Singer.

Hello blogfollowers! I write to you from the last row of the bus (or coach as Suzie calls it) as we depart for Cambridge and King’s College. We are packed to the brim and it is higgledy-piggledy, quite frankly. We have a two hour trip ahead of us. Just as soon as we get used to driving on the left hand side of the road and looking right so as not to be amputated by oncoming traffic, we’ll be back in the U.S. – I’m not recommending anyone rides in my car as a passenger for a good week’s time.

We’ve had a fantastic last three days in London. Just yesterday we had a very smart noontime concert at St. Giles Cripplegate in Central London. I think we must be generating some buzz because our audiences seem to be becoming more sizable and responsive at every concert we give.

With a free remainder of the afternoon, a small group of us took in a proper high tea at Fortnum and Mason, a large department store near Piccadilly Circus. Thought it was 40 pounds a head, it is an experience not to be missed while one is in London. Beyond the tea, it involved cucumber and salmon sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, jam, bite size pastries, and a delicious entrĂ©e of Welsh Rarebit and Back Bacon. Needless to say, it constitutes a meal. We enjoyed ourselves so thoroughly that we are serious about bringing this British tradition back to the states with us. We’ll see if Philip gives us long enough breaks during our rehearsals to fit in a high tea every Tuesday afternoon.

I don’t think we’re ready to come back home just yet—but some of the other things that have kept us busy in London are an insider’s tour of Westminster Abbey (spooky), discount shopping in Oxford Circus (shhh! Don’t tell Suzie!) and holey-poleying from pub to pub (where some of us have gotten a bit sosseled on occasion.)

Time to sign off as a rousing game of British Trivial Pursuit is commencing on the coach! Don't miss yesterday's photo diary!

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