As I've mentioned before, studying abroad through USC affords you the benefit of getting to go on a couple weekend trips within the UK free of charge. Most recently, I spent a weekend in the legendary town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The town is really quite adorable and has the feeling of being a true quaint English town. Of course, the entire economy of the town is dependent on tourism, so I'm sure they put a lot of effort into maintaining that image.
This is the church where Shakespeare is buried. I'm not really sure how they know that it's Shakespeare since there is so much debate over who Shakespeare actually was, but heck, why not say it's his grave and make money off of selling tickets to go see it?
And here lies the great Shakespeare!
Proof that I was there!
We also went to the Shakespeare family house! It has been turned into a museum dedicated to Tudor life. The Shakespeare family was supposedly wealthy by the standards of the time but the house certainly wasn't that large! And definitely not that comfortable.
Somehow I doubt this is the original wallpaper from the 1500s, but it was still creepy!
Hey look! I'm Shakespeare!
We found this pretty cool clock tower in the center of Stratford!
Saturday night, we went and saw The Taming of the Shrew at the Royal Shakespeare Theater. The show was hilarious and the acting was fantastic. It was great getting to hang out with some of the other USC study abroad students and the free dinners definitely didn't hurt! USC takes us out to nicer dinners than we students usually pay for ourselves, so it was quite a treat! Anywho, that's it for Stratford, it was a pretty short trip, but lots of fun!