40th Marpole Scouts in Britain – Day 3

24 07 2007

Latest dispatch from our leader in the field:

Yes, due to the flight times, yesterday was both Day 1 and 2.
 
Sunny and warm!  A 180 degree change from yesterday’s cold and rainy (although typical London weather) reception.
 
This jammed packed Day 3 began early at 0900 where we all hopped on the bus and headed upriver so we can ride along the Thames to Windsor Castle.  For those who haven’t seen it on the news, last week was quite wet in the UK.  A lot of the places in the country were flooded and indeed a few businesses in Windsor were doing restorations.  Anyway, due to the rising Thames, the cruise boats were no longer allowed to operate and we had to change plans quickly at the boating docks.
 
Instead, of cruising, we would be taken to Windsor Castle by bus which got us there about 90 minutes quicker than the boats.  First, though, we headed across the highway to the site where the Magna Carta was signed back in 1225.  The signing of the Magna Carta is viewed as the defining moment of the birth of democracy in England.  Our guys though it was very neat to be standing on such a historic place.  Near the monument was an oak tree planted using soil brought back from Jamestown, Virginia – the first permanent british settlement in North America.
 
Next stop: Windsor Castle…by bus.  This turned out to be a better tradeoff than the cruise as it allowed us more time to explore the area surrounding Windsor Castle which is the town of Eton….also home to the most famous high school in the world where one year’s schooling is worth 35000 pounds.
 
The massive walls and towers of Windsor Castle could be seen long before we reached the bus parking lot.  I don’t think I have seen so many tour buses in one place!  The Boy Scouts of America were also touring the Castle but they had 1200 people compared to our 200 going through it today…which is only half of the BSA contingent.
 
Lunch was catered at the parking area at 1230.  Everyone wolfed down the meal to get a quick start on the castle itself. \n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>The Windsor Castle is definitely a work of art.  It is both massive and grand…as Daniel puts it, "It's everything you would expect from a castle."  It certainly did not disappoint if you had the patience of walking through the whole thing. :)\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>By the time we got to St. George's Cathedral, only Henry and I were left standing but the place was magnificent.  We sat and just stared at the ceiling and carvings for at least 10 minutes.  It was a very special to see all the current and past people who have been knighted along with the intricate handiwork throughout the cathedral.\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>I have to admit that by this time around 1600, I was pretty much as tired as everyone else.  We headed back to the bus and came back to Kingston University.\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>After a quick wash and change of clothing, we headed to town for dinner.  Daniel and I had fish and chips while Henry and Tommy had a nice sirloin steak.  Kyle and Devin had a kebab each which they thought was awesome.  Dinner came out to about 60 pounds and was paid for by Scouts Canada.\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>Now, it's 2215 and the Scouts are all showered but are playing hacky sack in the hall.\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>Tomorrow, we are off to London!  It'll be even more jammed packed and with even more walking than today…I don't know how much more of this exercise I can take!! :)\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>Photos will be ready soon!\u003c/div\>\n”,0]
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The Windsor Castle is definitely a work of art.  It is both massive and grand…as Daniel puts it, “It’s everything you would expect from a castle.”  It certainly did not disappoint if you had the patience of walking through the whole thing. 🙂
 
By the time we got to St. George’s Cathedral, only Henry and I were left standing but the place was magnificent.  We sat and just stared at the ceiling and carvings for at least 10 minutes.  It was a very special to see all the current and past people who have been knighted along with the intricate handiwork throughout the cathedral.
 
I have to admit that by this time around 1600, I was pretty much as tired as everyone else.  We headed back to the bus and came back to Kingston University.
 
After a quick wash and change of clothing, we headed to town for dinner.  Daniel and I had fish and chips while Henry and Tommy had a nice sirloin steak.  Kyle and Devin had a kebab each which they thought was awesome.  Dinner came out to about 60 pounds and was paid for by Scouts Canada.
 
Now, it’s 2215 and the Scouts are all showered but are playing hacky sack in the hall.
 
Tomorrow, we are off to London!  It’ll be even more jammed packed and with even more walking than today…I don’t know how much more of this exercise I can take!! 🙂
 
Photos will be ready soon!
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