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Ursuline Dallas and Ursuline Wimbledon girls say their final goodbyes.
Courtesy of Global Relationships and Cultural Exchanges Blog

Ursuline Dallas and Ursuline Wimbledon girls say their final goodbyes. Courtesy of Global Relationships and Cultural Exchanges Blog

Ursuline Dallas and Ursuline Wimbledon girls say their final goodbyes. Courtesy of Global Relationships and Cultural Exchanges Blog

Melinda Smith, Journalism Teacher

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Opening the school year in a unique way, 12 students and their faculty chaperones traveled across the Pond to England to spend nine days with girls and host families from Ursuline Wimbledon.

Activities in addition to visiting and participating in a variety of classes with their host sisters at the school, included a day at Harry Potter, a boat tide down the Thames River to visit Hampton Court, baking culinary treats to deliver to residents of The Wimbledon Beaumont Care Community and a tour of the Wimbledon Tennis Center.
While waiting for the culinary production area to open, girls sat down with their chaperones to reflect on some of their thoughts on the trip thus far. A look at excerpts from their remarks provides an interesting picture of what all agreed was “an incredible” school trip.

Travelers’ Thoughts:
“Coming to England, I expected to find people drinking tea. In reality, not everyone drinks tea! I found that England was even better than my imagination. My host family made room in their flat to welcome me. Every day I traveled by bus and by train to school….I enjoyed this exchange very much, and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to experience London in the best way possible.” –Mary C. ‘19
“It is surreal to be able to say that I have been to the Wimbledon Tennis courts, the West End and so many other places that I never dreamed of visiting.” –Emily A. ‘17
“As a big tennis fan, the Wimbledon Tennis Museum was one of the most amazing experiences ever. Now every time I watch the tournament, I can say that I’ve been to Centre court and that might be the coolest thing ever!” – Molly S. ‘18
“My host family was very welcoming, and I loved discussing all our cultural and language differences with them. For example, instead of saying “zee” for the letter “z,” they say “zed.” I loved my host family, and I have had a wonderful time in the country across the pond. I have, however, come to appreciate our wide road and huge cars. –Melissa C. ‘17
“My favorite part of the trip was going to Hampton Court. Not only was it absolutely beautiful to look at, but the history behind it all was astounding. …another best part, of course, was getting to know all the girls from such different backgrounds—we all became so close in such a short amount of time.”— Channing l. ‘19
“I loved everything we saw. This was my first time to take public transportation and to ride in a double decker bus. My family took me right away to the London Museum where I saw exhibits from pre-historic times to the London Olympics to now. Also, I’ll always remember the Wimbledon Tennis Centre, especially how ‘nutty’ they are about their grass.” –Lauren L. ‘19
“One of the many things I noticed was the many accents and new word choices. While with my host family, I learned many different names for common things. Any time anyone in my host family said something differently from what I was used to, I would point it out, and we all would laugh. It was also interesting to hear the Wimbledon girls attempt an American accent, because it opened my eyes to the many clichés held about Americans by other countries.” — Emily M. ‘18
“I didn’t know what to expect. My host family made me so welcome. They had family dinners and breakfasts and even watched lots of Net Flix. This trip opened my eyes, giving me the chance to experience and learn more about another culture. I am forever thankful for the friendships I have made and the amazing, funny memories.” – Grace W. ‘18
“Not only did I become close with my host student, but with her friends as well. I will miss them all very much. This delegation was an amazing learning experience, and I benefited from everything I did. I must say, however, I noticed that In America, we are very privileged. We have air conditioning, many of us have our own cars and glasses of water are free.” –Abby R. ‘18
“I loved the tiny ‘gardens’ and backyards. They are so relaxing compared to Dallas’ big, open yards. Also, I never realized how much I say, ‘ya’ll’ until I came to a country that never says it. I am so thankful for this fantastic experience.” –Savana S. ‘18
“This experience has been totally eye opening. From using public transportation and walking everywhere, I have a new appreciation for my car. Seriously, I have realized there is happiness all over the world in the small things such as taking two busses and a train or laughing while walking down Kingston Street to get to a boat on the Thames River. This trip has been one to remember.”—Lauren H. ‘18
“To say the least, traveling across the world with 11 other girls from your school is interesting in itself. I am happy to be blessed with this opportunity; this trip has exceeded my expectations times a million, and I hope to have the chance to come back.” –Molly F. ‘18

For a daily report of the girls’ activities accompanied with pictures, visit http://uaglobal.blogspot.com

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