We, the seventh grade, spent our language trip from the 9th to the 20th of September in the beautiful seaside town Brighton & Hove. We were accompanied by our three English teachers Mag. Julia Gindl, Mag. Martina Nemcova and Mag. Sabrina Stöllinger, which means that there were 30 people in total.
After we had landed safely in Gatwick airport, we took a tour through the streets of Brighton to get first impressions of the city. In the evening it was time to meet our host families. With one exception, all of them were very nice and helpful. They also helped us with the bus lines and showed us interesting shops and places worth seeing.
Tuesday was our first day at school, but it was actually quite fun with our two native English teachers. In the afternoon we strolled through the North Laine and visited the Royal Pavilion – both were really beautiful.
Sometimes we were at school until late in the afternoon, but on most days we met our teachers after school and went out to explore Brighton and its surroundings. One day we walked along the seafront and visited the amusement park at Brighton Pier. Another day, we went on a trip to the Seven Sisters cliffs. It was amazing. The view of the sea was stunning and we took a lot of great pictures of us together. Honestly, I would say that this hike was the highlight of our journey.
On Saturday we took an early train to London, where we visited Shakespeare’s Globe. It was really interesting and the atmosphere was amazing – it felt like travelling back in time to the 16th century. After that, we rushed to St. Paul’s Cathedral to have a look at the wonderful architecture. But the best part of the day was to have a lovely cup of tea with her majesty Queen Elisabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor and her horde of Corgis (Vulcan and Candy) at Buckingham Palace. A few days later we headed to London again to visit the famous London Dungeon and watch the famous musical “The Lion King”. I would definitely recommend visiting both attractions again!
On our last day, we said goodbye to our friendly host family and drove to Windsor Castle. The castle was one of the most impressive places we visited during our trip. Then we went to the airport and headed back to Vienna at 6 p.m.
In conclusion, I am pretty sure that everyone enjoyed these amazing two weeks, and no one would have minded staying in Brighton for another week or even two!
Written by Theresa Kreutzer, Sophie Lehner, 7B