Hello, friends! Today is the final release of my #DowntonAbbeyMovie screenplay. You’ve stuck with me through it all, and I’m very touched! One final warning: If you have not read the first six parts, then you should go do that before you read this. This last installment is the epic conclusion. I hope you enjoy! Today’s picture is another of my favorite parts of the show, when the cast said a heartfelt goodbye. Continue reading
5th Day of Downton, only 2 installments left! Hello, friends! You’ve stood by me through this project, and I think we’ve been able to help each other get over how much we miss Downton Abbey…at least just a little. The community I have encountered here–by which I mean you–warms my heart. It does me good to see other folks who adore Downton Abbey as much as I do. Fans of Helen, Henry, Molesley, Violet, Anna, Bates…the ball will be starting soon, and tensions are high. Enjoy! Continue reading
We’re past the halfway point! Hello, friends! Today’s installment of my fan-made #DowntonAbbeyMovie screenplay is an exciting one, but I can’t tell you why! Suffice it to say, a certain trio of characters might be very happy soon. Also, we see the best side of Rose in this segment. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. Enjoy! Continue reading
Hello, friends! This next installment of my Downton Abbey Movie screenplay contains what might be my favorite scene. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. In addition, there are some more Violet scenes, and if you were wondering what Thomas and George’s relationship is like five years after Season 6, then this is the installment for you! Also, when I mention the song “Dardanella,” this is what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLeNIfgFuY Enjoy! Continue reading
Hello, friends! From your comments, it seems you’ve been enjoying my screenplay! That makes me so happy! I’ve also noticed that people from all around the world have been viewing my work. That’s so cool! You’re all awesome! Today, I present the next twenty pages, in which you’ll see more from Edith’s publishing company and cousin Isobel. For all you Violet-lovers, you’ll enjoy today’s installment! Remember to spread the word to family and friends who enjoy Downton! If you missed the first post, here it is: https://whitleyscribe.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/the-downton-abbey-movie-screenplay-first-pages/ Let’s jump in! Continue reading
Hello, friends! This is the next installment of my Downton Abbey Movie screenplay. Thanks to everyone for their feedback on the first couple pages! A couple new characters are introduced in these pages, and I think you’ll be delighted to find out who! Remember, I’m putting this out there less for suggestions and more so we can experience the Downton Abbey Movie we all want! I hope you like it! If you don’t know how to read a screenplay, here’s a tutorial: https://www.writersstore.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay-a-guide-to-scriptwriting/ Dive in! Continue reading
Hello, friends! Thanks to your amazing suggestions, I had enough material to start writing. I’m putting this out there less for suggestions and more so you all experience the Downton Abbey Movie we all want! I hope you like it! If you don’t know how to read a screenplay, here’s a tutorial: https://www.writersstore.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay-a-guide-to-scriptwriting/ Dive in! Continue reading
My eyes were shut. Now they are open.
Who here likes the beach? Who here likes to swim, or lounge around, or feel a warm breeze hug you as you bury your nose in a good book? If you like those things, then Grand Cayman, one of the three Cayman Islands located in the Caribbean, is the place for you.
When it comes to joyous people, beautiful scenery, and delicious food, Grand Cayman is not lacking.
I hope that, through this speech, you will come to a deeper understanding of what puts the “grand” in Grand Cayman.
I recently traveled there, for a study abroad trip with Dr. Lawton and Dr. Foeman. For a solid week, I experienced the sights, sounds, and heartbeat of the island. I wish to share some of my knowledge with you today.
Three aspects of Grand Cayman stand out: the natives, the sights, and the meals.
First, the natives. When I say natives, I do not mean the people who lived on the island when it was founded…mostly because no one was on the island when Christopher Columbus found it. According to the Grand Cayman Museum, the island was barren but for the turtles. However, a culture has since spun its web throughout the islands, resulting in a people who, in my experience, are jolly, welcoming, and intelligent. Seldom passing up a good laugh, their jovial natures usually shine through. Whether discussing politics, actors, or homework, they usually have a smile on their face. I was afraid that, upon arriving at Grand Cayman, I would not feel welcome. However, the Caymanians proved me wrong, starting with the tour bus driver. His name was Jonathan. He went out of his way to bring us treats, show us the best restaurants (which I’ll touch on later), and play us good music. We spent a chunk of our time at the University College of the Cayman Islands, and the student body welcomed me with open arms. One student in particular, part of the nursing program, wasted no time in introducing himself to me and sitting beside me. We talked about many things, and we became fast friends. We still keep in touch, and I hope it stays that way. More than anything, what I love about the Caymanians is how open they are to questions. I asked questions about their culture, questions they did not hesitate to answer. For instance, they do not share certain problems found in West Chester, namely the prevalence of anxiety and depression, issues with alcoholism, or division over skin color. Admittedly, some prejudices exist on Grand Cayman, but they revolve more around class. The primary reason I visited Grand Cayman was to experience a culture different than my own, and the people make it easy. In addition, they are all very intelligent, shown by the business and economics majors and noticeable through classroom discussions. The Caymanians always participated, adding valuable insight.
As if boasting a rich culture weren’t enough, Grand Cayman also boasts mouth-watering food selections. The way they cook fish rivals what I have tasted anywhere in America, to the point where just a fish on a bun at Cayman Cabana had me churning for more. The Holiday Inn restaurant, whose namesake is The Blue Iguana (Grand Cayman is home to the beautiful creatures), had an excellent menu as well. Their Havana Chicken Sandwich, ripe with a lemony zing, was particularly yummy. At Caboose, I ordered the Cayman Brac Bluff Burger, which was spicy and flavorful at the same time. In keeping with my theme of testing exotic foods, I ordered a clam omelet, which really did taste like chicken, and the scariest food I ate–seaweed. I couldn’t really chew it, so I had to swallow and hope it didn’t choke me. Even while drowning in seaweed, I couldn’t deny the salty goodness. However, any tourist can order food from a restaurant. A highlight of my trip was when Jonathan, our driver, took us to the firehouse where the firemen, Jonathan included, cooked us all breakfast.
While the people of Cayman are good company, and the restaurants offer a thousand ways to fill your belly, the environment was the center of the trip, hands down. Flora, beaches, and animals made every site picture-worthy, starting with the grass. What they say about greener grass on the other side is true in the case of Grand Cayman. I don’t know if it’s from the extra sunshine or what, every leaf and blade of grass shines brighter than any in West Chester. During the trip, we visited the botanic gardens, a maze of gorgeous flowers. From exotic eucalyptus trees, to cat whiskers, this garden had it all. I even encountered a blue iguana. Next to iguanas, chickens are the most interesting animals wandering the island. Chickens are like squirrels on Grand Cayman, clucking and crowing day in and day out. Big and small, light and dark, the chickens are always nice to look at. The beaches are incredible. You can see through the water, straight down to the bottom. The sand comes in big pearls, but they’re still soft. The water is warm, and the breeze seldom makes you chilly, even in the winter. I grew up disliking beaches, but the serenity of Grand Cayman’s beaches turned me around. Perhaps the most fun I had on the beach was on the last day of the trip, when we watched the sun disappear under the horizon.
I am deeply grateful for my trip to Grand Cayman, from the natives, to the food, to the sights. And I have the photos to prove it.
Today, I am going to talk about chickens. No squirrels on the Grand Cayman, no. Instead, there are chickens. Crimson-haired, feather-dusted chickens. They are jolly and joyous. They welcome me with open wings. As I walk around the hotel, the local chickens will nod courteously at me and even wave. Whenever I ask for directions to the hotel restaurant (The Blue Iguana, home of a delectable Havana chicken sandwich) or the beach, they never hesitate to help me out.
When I go to the beach, the chickens like to stare out at the crystal waters. They bask in the sun, and as the sun sets, I like watching their awed faces as they gaze upon the pink-to-blue gradient. The sand sticks between their yellow toes, but they like it anyway. They like to step out onto the jagged rocks and hold out their wings, feeling the wind blow through their feathers.
When it’s time to get going, travel is a cinch for the chickens. The island, filled with only a handful of roads, proves no challenge. They know the streets so well that they never get lost. They’re privy to all the shortcuts, clucking joyously all the way.
It’s not that they have nothing to cry chicken-tears about. The chickens across the sea who tell the Caymanian chickens what to do aren’t always peach and cherries. The chickens, and the chickens’ parents and grandparents, have suffered. They choose to rise above, proud that they’re Caymanian chickens.
When I sit at the tables and see the chickens, they all hang together. Even though some have lighter feathers, and some have darker feathers. Not much divides them, and I can tell just by the way they treat each other. Exchanging secret chicken handshakes and clucking about their views.
The squirrels, I know them well. I’m never surprised when they’re depressed (standing by the road and watching the cars drive by), when they have anxiety (procrastinating when they should be cracking nuts), when they’re stressed (running around in circles). The chickens are much calmer. Perhaps it’s the weather. Their feathers never get colder than 68 degrees.
The chickens make this place feel like home, and I can’t wait to meet more tomorrow.
Having set out for a study abroad program in the Cayman Islands, I still do not know what to expect. All I know so far is what my eyes have seen–a glimpse of the richness and beauty of the Cayman Islands.
Day 1, I set out for the airport at 3:45am and waited 4 hours for my 8:05am flight. Those hours were nice, as I was able to meet my fellow classmates–13 of us in all, making the same brave step. Coming from vastly different backgrounds, with varying interests and dissimilar majors, we mix surprisingly well. I think everyone has that jolliness that comes with the spirit of travel.
However, while my group is important, the beauty of Grand Cayman didn’t come into view until after my layover in Miami. The last stretch through the clouds revealed palm trees, shrubbery, plants of all kinds, all surrounded by the most gorgeous blue water I have ever seen. (I will take this opportunity to not briefly that Miami was a spectacular view as well.) The grass truly is greener on the other side. I am still in awe of the richness of color. Pennsylvania, where I hail from, compares to that old palette of paints that’s always crusting away in the basement somewhere–old and paling in comparison to the vibrancy of a new paint kit.
My new friends and I finished out the day in the pool, and while the water was joyously warm, what stood out to me was again the beauty of Grand Cayman–this time not above look down, but below looking up. The stars filled me with longing to shoot up into the sky. Incomparable to the spattering of crystal sky lights back in Pennsylvania. The breathtaking warm weather made the viewing all the more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, and yet opposite of so since it means I have more to look forward to tomorrow, I did not get to explore the Grand Cayman culture. However, I am only just getting started.
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