Check visiting Willy off the English Major bucket list.

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This window is thought to have been in the room where Shakespeare was born when he was born. So naturally, people have made pilgrimages to it and wrote their names all over it.

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Shakespeare was born in this room!

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Stained glass in Holy Trinity Church right above Shakespeare’s (and his families’) graves. He’s buried next to his wife, oldest daughter, her husband, and a few other descendants.

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No one can argue I’m not a loyal English major! I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pay my respects to the Bard’s bones.

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The river Avon! Hence why the town is called Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Cute cute friends that I’m so grateful for. The people here that have gone from total strangers to best friends in just a few months are one of the top reasons I will recommend a study abroad to any and everyone I meet for the rest of my life.

We went to Stratford-upon-Avon! As an English major, I’ve been looking forward to this day trip since we got to England. It was weird walking the streets Shakespeare walked- for some reason this trip it was harder to picture it back in Shakespeare’s day. I mean, I’ve read and watched so much Shakespeare, and literally spent hundreds of hours discussing him. So to actually be a foot away from the remains of his body? And from the room he was born in, grew up in, raised his family in? It definitely hasn’t sunk in.

After wandering around the Shakespeare birthplace trust and just the town in general, we saw a production of Julius Caesar put on by the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was, of course, incredible, even if Julius Caesar is a little too gory for my taste. There was one death that was so realistic the entire audience gasped, and we were all watching the actor’s body as he lay on the floor for signs of breathing to make sure it had been fake. Thankfully, it was, and the actor is completely fine, but it still makes me sick to think of it.

Speaking of Shakespeare, I somehow snagged a ticket to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for Monday! I didn’t realize it was playing, so to realize that, plus find out that Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) is starring in it, aaaaaaand to actually get a ticket? I’m so excited. Probably the only person who is more excited than me is my little brother, who gave me a copy of the play for Christmas a few years ago and has been hounding me to read it ever since. Now, I’ll have seen it and we can finally chat about it!

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