Hello everyone! Today started with the usual waking up (thankfully) and boarding the coach at 8:45 and heading to White Horse Hill for an adventure. We walked for about half a mile to an old grave site that is 3,800 years old, called Wayland’s Smithy. Unfortunately, the bodies had been excavated and we were left with empty tombs which were still pretty cool. We continued our walk for another mile and climbed a very treacherous hill. Once we made it to the top, we stopped for a very scenic Eucharist overlooking the farmland. Now we’re too classy to drink straight from the wine bottle so our communion wine was drunk from a very nice plastic water bottle. Everyone left with beautiful pictures and peaceful hearts whereas I left with a somewhat painful sunburn! After we climbed to the bottom we celebrated our accomplishment with some treats from an ice cream truck.
We journeyed in our classic coach (courtesy of our driver Martin) to The Fox and Hounds for lunch in a real English pub. I’m not fan of tomatoes but I ordered a BLT and actually enjoyed it! Our next stop was Stonehenge which functioned as a calendar for our ancestors around 5,000 years ago. The calendar was used to show the days of the winter and summer solstices so they could figure out when to plant and when to harvest their crops. Our mentor David informed us that the early people brought some of the rocks that make up Stonehenge all the way from Wales!! I don’t know about you but that sounds like an awful lot of work for a calendar. Regardless of the oversized rocks it’s still pretty amazing that our ancestors were so forward thinking to come up with such an intricate way to live.
After marveling at Stonehenge, we boarded the coach to begin our drive back to the Privett Centre. The ride was particularly interesting because all the pilgrims decided to have a major jam sesh. By that I mean we sang all five minutes of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (Megan B thanks her dad for forcing her to listen to it on so many car trips 😘). We spent the rest of the coach ride singing random songs and probably torturing our mentors (lol sorry).
Once we got home, we celebrated Peter’s birthday with a chicken alfredo dinner (courtesy of team Nonna) and an ice cream sundae bar afterwards. Everyone was shocked at the unnecessarily large size of Parker’s sundae 😱. We did night prayer in the small church next door. And now I’m sitting on the playground with Megan B and Zoe at 10:30 at night, staring at a full moon, listening to T-Swizzle aka Taylor Swift, and writing this blog post.
Love and miss you guysssssssss! - Eliza
We are young people on a spiritual journey that began five years ago. We are members of Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. These ten days in England, France, and Belgium are a culmination of our study of the Christian faith. We are on a pilgrimage of exploration and discernment as we approach the sacrament of Confirmation in the Fall.