So, it’s Monday. The first day back to work after a week away in the UK. It was my first time visiting England, and we only had 5 days…2 of which were for the Raspberry Pi Teacher Academy. I knew we needed to make the most of the trip, so we’d need to knuckle down and keep it simple.
To avoid spending all our time in transport, we decided to spend the first 2 days in the Cotswolds, the next 2 in York, and the last in Birmingham near the airport. As it turned out, this was a really doable plan, and I feel I got to see everything I needed to within those areas.
Our vacation really began in Moreton-in-Marsh, a quaint little down with 1 main street where shops close at 4pm and all that’s left to do is relax. Lucky for us, we were exhausted after our 4 hour delay and red-eye flight followed by our 3 hour train ride. Upon arrival, we took the back way to our Inn, not knowing any better, and made our way around to the front to check in. Were were pleasantly surprised by our accommodation at the Redesdale Arms Inn. It had a king bed, extra sitting room, and spacious bathroom, and the room was stocked with biscuits, tea, hot coco, and a carafe of brandy. We also ate our first proper British dinner in the pub downstairs.
Exhausted, we retired early to recharge for our Secret Cottage Tour on the second day. I can’t say enough about our guide/hosted Becky and her hospitality. This was by far one of the best tours I have ever been on. I feel I saw 10 times more than I could have otherwise, and I got to sit inside her adorable, thatched roof cottage by the fire and have cream tea and scones the way Britain intended. I don’t want to divulge too much, as it is the “Secret” Cottage Tour, but I highly recommend it to anyone looking to take in the picturesque country side of the Cotswolds.
After a bit of exploring, we tucked into our dorm on campus at the STEM Centre at the University of York, and prepared for an amazing 2 day learning extravaganza at the Raspberry Pi Teacher Academy. I’ll be writing a more edtech-related post on that experience, but overall, it was an incredible learning opportunity where I not only learned tons hut met some really great educators. I look forward to seeing what I can do which these cool little computers!
Our last night was spent traveling back to Birmingham. We stopped off to try some Indian food, but much to our dismay, it was way to sweet to enjoy, and we continued on to our 14th floor room in the Ibis across from the airport. We were tired, but glad to have experienced this trip, and even more happy to have squeezed in just the right amount of leisure, culture, and education without wearing ourselves out too much. And despite returning doubly jet lagged, we were confident we planned the perfect trip for us!