Today, the University provided the international students with a trip to Leeds Castle, most famous for housing Henry VIII’s wife, Catherine of Aragon. It was raining, as is appropriate for the United Kingdom. The Seattle-ite in all of us was dismayed by the excessive use of the umbrella, but they kept us slightly more dry than we would have been otherwise. Our short break for hot potato leek soup was most welcome, and our tour through the heated castle was magnificent fun. 

Rachel, Chloe, John, Alyssa, the Sarahs, and I gallivanted through the ebony-floored hallways, taking pictures whenever inspired. We discovered a baby Jesus with no hand, two lonely armor-plated arms mounted above a door, and absolutely gorgeous views of the rainy English countryside far below.  


Today, the SPUscholars and I had another adventure in Canterbury. Chloe, the Rachels, Jessie, and I decided we needed some traditional British confections. Our search led us first to a little Fish and Chips shop where we ate our fill of potatoes, grease, and satisfaction.

Our next order of business was to find an establishment where we could partake in a Cream Tea. Tiny Tim’s Tea Shop was the lucky establishment to benefit from  our presence, and it was truly a delight. We’re all pretty sure we could eat clotted cream and jam on scones every day for the rest of our lives.

After finishing our delicious tea, we ventured upstairs to the room haunted by the souls of children. After encountering some extremely crooked floors and no ghosts, we bought some groceries from Tesco’s, took a bus home, gathered John, Sarah, and Amanda, and finished out the evening watching The Fall. A lovely day in Canterbury.