Cumberland Lodge 2010

Wow, I feel like it’s been forever since my last post. It’s actually been 3 days, which is practically the same thing in blogger years, I suppose. In any case, I spent this past weekend in Windsor at Cumberland Lodge with my Social Policy and Development program. The weekend was a training/bonding-focused weekend that involved around eight 1-1/2 hour trainings. It was super intense but really informative and really fun! Despite the fact that we were all a bit stressed out with it being our first week back in class, I think most of us managed to have a really good time and get to know each other better as we enter the term.

Here’s some evidence of the fact that we actually did work… lots of it!

Cumberland Lodge, LSE, London School of Economics, Social Policy and Development

Cumberland Lodge, LSE, London School of Economics, Social Policy and Development

Above: The team in action, hard at work constructing a log frame.

The training part of the weekend definitely occupied most of our time, but we followed up our 815A – 10P trainings with a party on Saturday night! It was way past my bedtime but so fun to hang out with everyone in a non-academic setting. The idea of the evening was to come dressed in cultural garb and we ended up with a slew of awesome outfits. I, of course, had nothing quintessentially Californian to wear, so I opted for an LBD which I thought sort of/kind of fit the bill.

Party

With Andy

Group

We had our morning free on Sunday, so we visited Windsor chapel for a morning service. There is serious security outside of the chapel gates (no phones, no cameras and a pass is required) and people aren’t typically allowed inside without proper clearance. Being that we stayed at the lodge we were allowed to sign up for the service and got our clearance for the morning. Apparently the queen hits up that chapel on Sundays when she’s in residence! Afterwards, we explored the grounds of Cumberland Lodge a bit and took our group photo! Check out how pretty this place is:

Cumberland Lodge, LSE, London School of Economics, Social Policy and Development, Windsor

At the Lodge!

Cumberland Lodge, LSE, London School of Economics, Social Policy and Development

Cumberland Lodge, LSE, London School of Economics, Social Policy and Development

All around, it was an eventful weekend! The week ahead is going to be a ridiculously busy one, but I do have family coming to visit for the weekend, so there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

Also, seeing Amartya Sen tomorrow — so excited.
I bought his book to get an autograph!

 

  • http://www.teadevotee.wordpres.com Lyndsey

    Your new site is absolutely gorgeous! Wow!
    You made me laugh when you said the Queen ‘hits up’ the chapel! I’m not sure you can use that expression in relation to Her Maj!

  • http://www.thetravelingscholar.com ShannonElizabeth

    Hey Lyndsey! Thank you — I’m definitely liking the new site!
    Yeah, I guess queens don’t ‘hit places up’, but it IS 2010! Haha :)

  • http://www.abetterstay.com/blog ABetterStay.com Blog

    While traveling all across Europe and The US I have found that my favorite memories are of staying in cute cottages, cabins and challets. I totally recommend renting one. Great post!