11 days of oohs and ahhs

 

Our trip to the UK . . .,
. . .  was an unforgettable one. We did as much sightseeing as we could fit into, always combined with good fun.  WE, that means 46 teenagers plus five teachers.
Here’s a day-by-day report. Stay tuned to the end and see some awesome pictures and videos, too.

Saturday, July 7th : We arrived in Manchester at noon, more excited that words can express. For almost all of our students it was their first trip to the UK ( and indeed, without their parents! ).   At lunchtime  we headed off for a Manchester-United-Stadium- Tour. We walked around the pitch and had a workshop which provided some interesting facts about this mega football club. It was an incredibly great feeling to enter the stadium where otherwise just higly-paid footballers are allowed to enter. Finally the Megastore was worth a visit for some of us.  
At about 5 pm we arrived in Colwyn Bay where we met our host families for the first time. Absolutely loved them!

Sunday, July 8th : What a day, with perfect, sunny weather. We did a breathtaking walk along the Welsh Coast Path with spectacular views on the South Stack Lighthouse and the rough Irish Sea. Later on that day we enjoyed a refreshing touch of sea on a sandy beach in Anglesey. Finally we were as touristy as you can be when we visited the little village of Llanfairpwll­gwyngyllgogery­chwyrndrobwll­llantysilio­gogogoch


where there is nothing to do or see except trying to pronounce one of the longest place names in the world, and  taking a picture … at last.

Monday, July 9th : We had a day tour taking us to the Llanberis Slate Museum and Penrhyn Castle. At first we learned about the bad working conditions of Welsh quarrymen in the 19th and 20th century and secondly we heard about the luxury life of Lord Penrhyn, who was the owner of  the slate mines. What a shame! But quite impressive. After having been to the 19th century fantasy castle of Lord Penrhyn we went to a real medieval castle, Caernarfon Castle. A must-see for all tourists in Wales.

Tuesday, July 10th : Today we started to attend our language course in a well-known British private school. The teaching staff made us all feel very welcome and we tried to use the English language as often as possible. Well done! In the afternoon we went to Conwy to walk on the city walls and see the Smallest House in Great Britain. After this picturesque little town we were looking forward to Bounce Below, the trampoline park in Snowdonia National Park – jaw-dropping and mind-blowing!!! And with no exaggeration, one of the top events of the trip.

Wednesday, July 11th : After our English lessons we set off for Chester, which  is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in England.  There we did a short walk on the city walls and had a look at Chester Cathedral. And - we also had the opportunity to do some great shopping. 
Thursday, July 12th : Our English lessons finished today! We spent the rest of the day walking to Angel Bay to spot seals. Some of us were lucky, others unfortunately not.


Friday, July 13th : Two days of London ahead!
Enroute we visited the Cadbury Chocolate Factory and got some sweet treats from our teachers. Then our London experience started:  we enjoyed spectacular views from Skygarden, London’s highest public garden – another highlight! Our next highlight should have been a London tour with a double decker bus. Unfortunately the US President was in London at the same time and so the whole of London had fallen into chaos. It took us long detours and therefore ages to get through London. By the time we arrived at the double decker a heavy thunderstorm had started. No chance of making the tour. Was it because of Friday 13th??? So we went to our hotel to have a good sleep.


Saturday, July 14th : Today it was Madame Tussauds and later on the Harry Potter Studios respectively Camden Market. Both were awesome! At about 10 pm we were back in Colwyn Bay, tired but full of unforgettable impressions.

Sunday, July15th : A day with our host families. Some were having a barbecue on the beach, others went to the swimming pool and still others visited the Welsh Mountain Zoo, etc.

Monday, July 16th : Good bye Colwyn Bay, hello Alton Towers! We spent an exciting day in the “Big Daddy“ of the UK theme parks. There was something to do for everybody. Loved it. Probably some of the students were doing the rides again and again in their dreams.

Tuesday, July 17th : All good things must come to an end! Finally we were back home safe and sound and happy to see our families again!

Many thanks to “my“ teachers!           
Looking forward to the 30th anniversary year of our language trip in July 2019.

Gabi Arminger

 

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