The Dudley Life

Senior Cabin: Hamilton

Senior Cabin: Hamilton

In case you don’t know the Dudley cheer imagine this being hollered by 400+ people on the opening day of the oldest (since 1885) all boys camp in America:

D-U-D-L-E-Y / Whitewashed cookies, chicken pie / Pink music, pickeral fry / Westport, Westport my oh my / All ye campers stand in line / take your hats off just like mine / (really fast) Bevo, bivo, boom get a rat trap bigger than a cat trap, bevo, bivo, BOOM!

 

This was my 4th summer at Dudley and sadly, my last as a camper. Like many before and after me, I am lucky enough to have gone every year starting as a Cub, then a Plebe, Junior, and this summer as a Senior. I’ve had cool leaders every summer and it feels like each summer only gets better than the one before.

My team at Dudley - Wensley

My team at Dudley – Wensley

There is usually one team sport or game in the morning and the afternoon. Sometimes after the sport you played with your team you do a major. You choose 3 types of majors: arts, team, and individual. If today you only have one major you have choice time after team sports. lets give an example of a typical Dudley day. You and a new friend walk into the cafeteria and sit at your cabin table, you ask the person sitting next to you if you could see the schedule. you see on the schedule the latest news, your first activity, and your second activity. Your first activity is soccer against your rival team. Then you look down the paper and see choice time written on it. You look at the very bottom of the first page and see that every activity is open besides tennis and archery. after your sport you and your friend go to swim point to jump in the lake. After 50 minutes of having fun, you here the lunch horn and head back up to the dining hall. After lunch, you repeat the process again, except that you have a 45 minute rest period. Here is a link for more: Dudley Day

Now I am in the process of applying for the leadership ranks. It starts as an Aide which is fun because the Aide works in a cabin but also gets to play sports and do activities with the Seniors – a big WIN in my opinion! After Aide comes Junior Leader (JL), Assistant Leader (AL), and then Leader. My goal is to continue to rise through the leadership program over the next few years so that I can continue to have these awesome summer blasts at Dudley.

Dudley Hymn Sing

Dudley Hymn Sing

Every Sunday night, the entire camp sits on the floor, back-to-back, and sings songs both loud and soft that include the cheer, the Dudley Hymn, and others that you would know like Amazing Grace or Study War No More. It’s a great time to be together and reflect on the special times we enjoy at camp. You can use this link to see a video: Dudley Hymn Sing

Dudley is the center of my life. I feel that whenever I am doing something that is remotely similar or close to Dudley it makes me happy. I practice the Dudley motto, the other fellow first, at home and every day when I get the chance to express it. My whole summer revolves around Dudley and I cant imagine a life without it.

Reuniting with my sister, Louisa, and her friend, Rose - both Kiniya girls!

Reuniting with my sister, Louisa, and her friend, Rose – both Kiniya girls!

Brasil, the last stop

By design, the Bossa Travelers decided to finish the world tour in Brasil, where we would visit my family. The interesting part is that for the kids the trip really finished in London. They both mentioned that Brasil is like our second home, so they wouldn’t count as part of the world trip. Regardless of the emotional tie with the country, it was a really nice visit, filled with wonderful food and quality time with family and friends.

We were fortunate to have good weather in June (winter) and there were some awesome beach days in Rio. It has been 3 years since our last visit, way too long. Everyone was craving some rice and beans. Chris and I also went to our favorite meat restaurant in Rio – Plataforma – which never fails to impress us. We visited my best friend Karina, who lives in Petropolis, and spent a very nice weekend with her family, enjoying the mountains and playing volleyball.

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Karina, Filipa, Leti & Louisa

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Our Welcome to Brasil feast!

Chris and I had a side trip thanks to my parents. It was our first time to Iguaçu Falls, boarding Argentina. We stayed at the fantastic Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, located right inside the National Park. Wow, it was so special, we felt we were in our honeymoon. Incredible nature surrounding us, these massive falls in the middle of a jungle! It certainly made me realize how big Brasil is with so much beauty from North to South. The National Park is very well conserved and clean. We went on early morning hikes, where we were face-to-face with the falls, just the 2 of us and pure nature. We also did 2 recommended activities: the Macuco Safari, which is a boat tour that goes under the falls, and the helicopter tour, taking it all in a 360º view of the park and falls (Brasil and Argentina sides). Iguaçu Falls was certainly one of the highlights of our world tour and we are very glad we got to visit this special place.

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We also had Christmas in June as my parents showered us with bags of gifts from Christmas and a number of birthdays – yes, all together. We caught up with several friends that we have not seen for many years. Rio is always special to visit, despite a chaotic traffic, it continues to be the Cidade Maravilhosa for us!

Next stop – back home to Florida

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Familia Cabral

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Cousins in Rio

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Copacabana Beach

 

London marathon

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I don’t recommend a London crash course weekend! Yet, that is exactly what we did thanks to my poor planning. We flew from India to London for 3 nights/2 days before our final destination, Brazil. While we maximized our feet walking 26+ miles and seeing some wonderful history and culture, London deserves more respect and I hope that someday we may stay longer.

Double-decker Bus

Take a deep breath, put your power walking shoes on, and enjoy the snapshot. We essentially took 4 walking tours in 2 days:

Walking shoes

During a typical London fashion rainstorm, we trooped through with our free guide (but not so free) who entertained us with royal history on Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and a canceled changing of the guard – when it rains…

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The second tour was a night trawling for the grim reapers of London’s dark side. Sebastian & I saw criminal history including Jack the Ripper.

 

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Our third was a self-guided walk of Kensington Palace & Gardens where the most talked about royals, Prince William & Kate, reside. This included a lovely fashion exhibit showing the royal styles over the years including many Lady Diana dresses.

Nice hips!

Nice hips!

Kensington Garden

Kensington Garden

Fashion Rocks

Fashion Rocks

Finally, London would not be complete without a Tower tour. The fortress that guards the Crown Jewels and has kept many aDSCN6555criminal jailed as well as queens and consorts that fell out of favor. The Nepalese Gurkha guards happened to be on duty which reminded us of our times in India and the shakes of Nepal’s earthquake only weeks earlier. We walked across London Bridge to Borough Market for a fantastic lunch on whatever your heart desires. Louisa and I shared a meat pie from The Pie Minister while Sebastian and Leti chowed down on pulled pork and dogs.

Nepalese Gurkha

Nepalese Gurkha

London Tower Ladies

London Tower Ladies

Borough Market

Borough Market

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For our big night out, we went to the Royal Drury Lane Theater for Charlie & Chocolate Factory. Despite our nosebleed seats from above, the show was fun and entertaining for the whole family. CCFAnd if that’s not enough, we did our best to eat like kings. We dined on burgers and beer at famous Patty & Bun – something we all craved. Leti ate her favorite meal – chicken livers while I enjoyed a classic fish & chips at the Royal Automobile Club where we stayed. The girls had a chance to spend an afternoon shopping and English tea at 5 star Brown’s Hotel while the boys climbed Monument that is like a lighthouse in the center of the city with great views!

As you can imagine, we departed London in exhaustion and ready for some Rio beach time!

English Tea @ Brown's Hotel

English Tea @ Brown’s Hotel

English Tea @ Brown's Hotel

Love the dress!

Royal Automobile Club

Royal Automobile Club

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The Red Box

The Red Box

Horse Guard

Horse Guard