Our trip to England this
time has been the most fun out of all of our trips so far. We
arrived in London on Monday the 21st, practised Monday
and Tuesday, and left Wednesday for Blackpool. On our way up, we
stopped by Warwick Castle, very close to the home of Shakespeare.
There, we were treated to a show of various Birds of Prey, and the
three of us (Simeon, Jonathon, and I) were chosen to help load the
world’s largest trebuchet (a sling-shot style catapult).
We arrived in Blackpool
late Wednesday night, and went immediately to sleep. On Thursday,
our competition began. It was a long and tiring week. We danced one
day, had one day’s break, then danced five days in a row. In all,
our competition went from Thursday to Thursday. We did the best in
the Open Amateur events, placing 104th in the Standard
and 141st in the Latin out of over 300 couples! And, of
the couples from USA, we were the top placing 10-Dance couple.
On Friday we left Jonathon
in Blackpool and headed off to the Lake District, in Cumbria. John
and Patti Torode, two of Simeon’s students, own a beautiful 1800’s
house outside a small village called Grasmere. The Lake District is
an amazing place, with views to die for. I think that Friday was my
favourite day of the trip.
The next day we said
goodbye to Blackpool and returned to London, ready to start our
training week. We had Standard and Latin lessons on Sunday and
Monday, Standard only on Tuesday, Latin only on Wednesday and
Thursday, and finally came home on Friday. In Standard we focused
our lessons with Michael and Vickie Barr, and in Latin we took the
majority of our lessons with Goran Nordin, and a few with Michael
Stylianos and Lorna Lee. Blackpool is always our longest trip of the
year, but well worth the time.
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