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 8:15A – 10PM trainings with a party on Saturday night, and it was a great opportunity 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 had nothing quintessentially Californian to wear, so I opted for an LBD which I thought kind of fit the bill.
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 visits that chapel on Sundays when she’s in residence. Afterwards, we explored the grounds of Cumberland Lodge a bit and took our group photo. How pretty is this place?
The weekend was as memorable and special as I hoped it would be going in. Before starting the program we had heard of the Cumberland Lodge experience and it always seemed so far away. It ended up living up to expectations and really was such a great intensive weekend with great workshops and great bonding time. An LSE memory for the books!