Notre Dame Group Finds Fulfillment in Trip to UK
TYNGSBORO -- Traveling for fulfillment is just what a group of 20 students from the Academy of Notre Dame did over February vacation as part of them school’s Travel Abroad program.
Each year, students vote on which country they would like to visit during the Travel Abroad trip over school break. This year, the group of students and four faculty members traveled overseas to the United Kingdom, where they visited more than 30 points of interest in five cities in England, Ireland and Scotland, and immersed themselves in the culture, history and cuisine of the region.
After a red-eye flight from Boston to Heathrow, London, the group immediately began its excursions, visiting such landmarks as Westminster Abbey. Each day following began a new adventure.
Over the course of the trip, students were brought to areas that inspired the Harry Potter series, walked along the Thames River, toured the homes of William Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway, and even witnessed firsthand the rich history of Warwick Castle, a site that was first built upon in 914.
Students were eager to visit Trinity College in Oxford, one of 38 colleges that make up the University of Oxford. The 800-year-old building’s history left a mark on them.
“Walking throughout most of England and the landmarks was almost as if traveling through time,” freshman Maeve McComas said. “The history and spiritual connection that I felt at Trinity College and viewing the Book of Kells was calming and yet thrilling at the same time.”
The group made its way through Hadrian’s Wall, Scottish landmarks in Edinburgh, including Calton Hill and Holyrood House, and the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology History, paid respect at the Garden of Remembrance, and attended Evensong services at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.