After rehearsal was over we were released into Richmond until the time of the performance. During this break we went around shopping, looking in all the stores one last time, buying last minute souvenirs. After an hour or so some of us walked down to the river. The river was nearby the main part of town, it was different from the last time we had seen it. The tide had come in, so more of the rocks were covered with water. The river was a fun place to hang out, it made me think about how nice it would be to live in Yorkshire. Throughout the trip I kept thinking about how amazing it would be to live there, to just walk around Richmond with these people whenever, to casually go eat lunch on the wall surrounding York.
The river was beautiful, the water was clear, the weather was nice. We climbed around on the rocks, climbed trees, and just took in the greatness of it all. We all had a lot of energy and it was just a really amazing and fun time for all of us.
Eventually we went back to the theatre to prepare for the performance. We did the show and had a great time with it. All the American students went out to eat afterwards, some of the British students came along as well. We all sat down, and talked, and ate, and enjoyed ourselves. It was a lovely time to just sit down and take everything in for the last time.
Although the day was fun, it seemed to have this ever present, melancholy type of feeling to it. It was hard to notice it at times, showing up randomly when the discussion of our leaving would come up, or when we rehearsed the last scene of Oliver Twist, and both American and British students, became teary eyed. It was a sort of bittersweet moment when we had to say goodbye to everyone. We hugged and got everyone's contact information and, inevitably, we had to leave to go back to Kiplin Hall. The rest of the night was spent packing and getting ready for the long day ahead of us.