September 18 feels different when you are away from Chile. It is more sentimental and there is a feeling of pride and a feeling of belonging which are even stronger when you are so far away. That is why we started the day by singing our national anthem before breakfast. A good way to feel the link with our roots. That's us, singing, in this video:
After breakfast, we got out things, stepped onto the coach and were driven to London. We were dropped off at the British Museum, our first stop. The following video shows a few of our merry group standing by the Moai from Easter Island. It was a donation to the museum by Queen Victoria. The question on everyone's mind was, How did she get it in the first place? We know the rapa nui want it back.
After the British Museum, we got on the coach which then let us off near The Globe Theatre, which is a reproduction of Shakespeare's original playhouse.
In the next video you can see the Bradford explorers lining up to go into the theatre:
Once inside, we were joined by a guide from the theatre who has been with the company since before building began, so he knew all about the modern version of Shakespeare's playhouse. Next, you can see our pupils paying rapt attention to his descriptions of Shakespeare, and the history and uses of the building:
After visiting The Globe, we were driven to the hostel where we would spend the night. We had an early dinner and set off for the Novello Theatre to see Mamma Mia, the Abba-based musical. Look at the Eighteen lining up to get inside:
After the play we took our coach and went back to the hostel. We had a good night's sleep. A good thing too, because that day we had walked over 6 kilometres, and the next day we would walk even more: 10 kilometres.