As you can probably guess from the title, we went to Brighton for our language trip. We stayed there for about two weeks, namely from the 10th to the 21st of September. All in all, we were 29 students from classes 7A and 7B and our two English teachers Irmgard Weigl and Julia Kazija-Zeiner.
Firstly, I want to tell you about the start of our trip. We took off in Vienna at 12 am and arrived at the airport in London Heathrow at 1:30pm. Then we got on a bus to Windsor Castle, where we had a guided tour through the castle and St George’s Chapel. There Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in May and it was quite an experience to see that beautiful place! Then we were taken to Brighton, where most of us got picked up by their guest families. They were really friendly and showed us where the school and some other cool places were. They also explained to us which bus lines we needed to take.
The guest family where Robin and I stayed was great. They had rules and as long as we accepted them, there were no problems at all. Their house was really clean and not as small as expected. Many other students had similar situations with their hosts.
Tuesday was our first day at school. School was great! Well, it lasted a bit long, but you can’t do anything about that, right? However, it was always great fun and our two native English speaking teachers were really amusing and all in all, it wasn’t boring at all!
After school we often met our teachers and went out to look at sights or other awesome things. One day we went for a walk at the waterfront of Brighton and walked along Brighton beach. We visited the amusement park at Brighton Pier and we even went down to the sea. Another day, we visited the Royal Pavilion, the most popular attraction in Brighton. In Brighton, there also was a huge place, called Churchill Square, with a shopping centre, which you could compare to the G3 or the Donauzentrum in Austria, and there were lots of other shopping facilities as well.
Perhaps, the best days were the two when we travelled to London by train. On the first one, we did a lot of sightseeing and we actually saw lots of sights which we had heard about in third grade, for example Tower Bridge or Saint Paul’s Cathedral. We even had a boat tour on the River Thames! On the second day we had school in the morning and went to London after that. We watched the musical “Wicked“. “Wicked“ was hilariously good!
As we had taken part in a Stonehenge creative competition two years ago, where we even ranked among the top 10, it was a must-have for us to look at those stones. The bus ride to get there took a bit long (three hours :/), but it was totally worth it! We took a lot of fantastic pictures there and surprisingly the atmosphere there really was relaxing.
On our last day, we had to get up at 5:30 a.m. because our flight took off at 10:00 a.m. in London. We arrived in Vienna at 1:30pm, where our families took us in their arms happily!
Julian Huber, 7B