Teaching Traveling: Welcome to Mandy Littlefield, an American teacher whose passion for Britain was enriched by a vacation to London!
Mandy, tell us about yourself.
Mandy: I live in Massachusetts and work as an assistant teacher in a local high school. This has been my profession for the last five years, and I truly enjoy it. Eventually I would like to complete my degree in History and become a fully licensed teacher of the subject.
As well as being an assistant teacher, I also maintain a website called “Mandy’s British Royalty” and write for my blog, “The Royal Representative“. I also write a weekly article about royal news for the site “Anglotopia“, a place for all things British and British-American!
TT: What fueled this obsession with Britain?
M: My husband and I went to London for our honeymoon in 2008. It was an experience we will never forget. The trip was a wedding present from my in-laws, and they found the most beautiful place to stay in London. They booked a room at a lovely little place called the Kensington Rooms Hotel.
We were within walking distance of Kensington Palace and its famous Round Pond, Hyde Park, and Buckingham Palace. We hopped onto the famous Underground to get to other places such as the National Gallery and Westminster Abbey.
As a royal historian, this trip was one of the most profound experiences I have ever had. Walking through the Abbey was amazing. Imagine walking down the very aisle the Queen walked for her wedding and her coronation. Buried there are iconic figures such as Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbatten. It was breathtaking!