Sunday, March 24, 2013

London Calling

Over St. Patrick's Day weekend, I headed to London for the ECIS (European Council of International Schools) Technology Conference. I had sent a proposal for a break out session presentation in the Fall, had my proposal accepted in January and was set to present over this weekend. The conference was held at ACS Schools Cobham campus, south of London.

3/4 of our Tech Team at ACS-
Stephen, Director of Tech (left); Tammy- Upper School Tech and Math; and me!
Our missing 1/4 is taking the picture.
I've shared all my presentation information on my CoETaIL blog so you can check out everything I shared with the links I've included. My presentation was well received and I'm excited to be able to add this to my resume.

We spent Friday night of the conference at an English winery, with a "Splash Mountain" type ride, of course, minus the splash but with the added benefit of a glass of wine as soon as you finished the tour.
Once the conference ended, I headed into the city of London to enjoy what it has to offer. I bought a ticket to The Lion King in advance since I had never seen it. I made myself resist seeing Wicked for the 6th time, though I can't say I won't ever let that happen. The Lion King was a good show and the performance was fun. But, the stars of that show are the costumes. The hyenas were amazing and the ingenuity that was behind the all of the costumes and the design of the masks that moved with the performers to give a more realistic profile at times was incredible.

Waiting for The Lion King!
On Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, I decided to wander about London's famous sites and do my part for my cousin's 2nd grade son who sent me "Flat Alex" a few weeks ago.

Flat Alex visiting the Queen!
Later, I met up with my friend Stephanie, who I also met at the Boston job fair, just like Stella and Peg from my trip to Zurich. Stephanie teaches at TASIS- England and took me to a cute little place with American brunch items on the menu! Eggs benedict. YUM! Then we wandered about a bit, passing bits of the parade and through the festival in Trafalgar Square. Since it was a tad rainy, we settled on having a beer to celebrate the day. Then I had to rush off to Heathrow to head back to Milan. This work thing always seems to interfere with my travel plans! : P

One of the floats for the parade, Puca, a giant inflatable dragon
Why, yes, I am dressed like a pineapple.
This week is a four day work week leading up to Spring Break. My Savannah friends, Janet and Sheila, are coming to spend the time with me here in Italy. I'm excited to share my Italian life with them! We're planning on visiting Lake Como, Verona, Venice and then Sheila and I will explore Slovenia for a few days.

La bella vita!

2 comments:

  1. Carrie, I am impresseed!!
    Dee

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  2. Can't wait to see you in a few hours:)

    ReplyDelete

Sunday, March 24, 2013

London Calling

Over St. Patrick's Day weekend, I headed to London for the ECIS (European Council of International Schools) Technology Conference. I had sent a proposal for a break out session presentation in the Fall, had my proposal accepted in January and was set to present over this weekend. The conference was held at ACS Schools Cobham campus, south of London.

3/4 of our Tech Team at ACS-
Stephen, Director of Tech (left); Tammy- Upper School Tech and Math; and me!
Our missing 1/4 is taking the picture.
I've shared all my presentation information on my CoETaIL blog so you can check out everything I shared with the links I've included. My presentation was well received and I'm excited to be able to add this to my resume.

We spent Friday night of the conference at an English winery, with a "Splash Mountain" type ride, of course, minus the splash but with the added benefit of a glass of wine as soon as you finished the tour.
Once the conference ended, I headed into the city of London to enjoy what it has to offer. I bought a ticket to The Lion King in advance since I had never seen it. I made myself resist seeing Wicked for the 6th time, though I can't say I won't ever let that happen. The Lion King was a good show and the performance was fun. But, the stars of that show are the costumes. The hyenas were amazing and the ingenuity that was behind the all of the costumes and the design of the masks that moved with the performers to give a more realistic profile at times was incredible.

Waiting for The Lion King!
On Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, I decided to wander about London's famous sites and do my part for my cousin's 2nd grade son who sent me "Flat Alex" a few weeks ago.

Flat Alex visiting the Queen!
Later, I met up with my friend Stephanie, who I also met at the Boston job fair, just like Stella and Peg from my trip to Zurich. Stephanie teaches at TASIS- England and took me to a cute little place with American brunch items on the menu! Eggs benedict. YUM! Then we wandered about a bit, passing bits of the parade and through the festival in Trafalgar Square. Since it was a tad rainy, we settled on having a beer to celebrate the day. Then I had to rush off to Heathrow to head back to Milan. This work thing always seems to interfere with my travel plans! : P

One of the floats for the parade, Puca, a giant inflatable dragon
Why, yes, I am dressed like a pineapple.
This week is a four day work week leading up to Spring Break. My Savannah friends, Janet and Sheila, are coming to spend the time with me here in Italy. I'm excited to share my Italian life with them! We're planning on visiting Lake Como, Verona, Venice and then Sheila and I will explore Slovenia for a few days.

La bella vita!

2 comments:

  1. Carrie, I am impresseed!!
    Dee

    ReplyDelete
  2. Can't wait to see you in a few hours:)

    ReplyDelete