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Class trip to London 2016 by the former 11Qa

(by Nora Sbach)

Long before anything could be organised the first difficulty was to come to an agreement where to travel to. Quickly we found the two possibilities London and Dublin, after that we decided more or less clearly to go to London. But how should the trip go – by bus or by plain? Going by bus would have meant an additional day in Oxford and one extra day altogether, but very long bus rides as well and possibly the journey together with another completely unknown class. Flying was less complicated and shorter...so we decided by majority vote to go by plane.
Mr Broos organised the class trip with the help of the organisation SET which included the opportunity to participate in a ''Shakespeare Lecture'' in the Globe Theatre that was very praised by Mr Broos.
Finally it was set: We would fly to London from 17th to 21st July 2016 with Mr Broos and Mr Reisser.

We flew from airport Hamburg to London Heathrow. Not to forget the time shift – one hour back... After the arrival we took the underground to King's Cross, the station next to our hostel. We were a little bit surprised by the bright blue sky and the heat – the island terribly spoiled by rain?! No drop was seen of that in the week.
From King's Cross to our hostel it took a walk of about 5-10 minutes. The Hostel was the Clink Hostel: a former jail. There were two eight-bed-rooms - whose size really reminded of prison cells...the teachers and our only boy got a single room. After we arranged ourselves we first had to do the shopping because the hostel allowed self-catering except for the breakfast; there was a big kitchen in the cellar. We also had to get money from a cash dispenser. The group for the first evening then prepared a warm supper and salad for us.
After that we made a short tour through the evening London under guidance of Mr Broos. Among other things we visited Chinatown, the illuminated Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.

The 18th July we began – what miracle – with the breakfast. It was provided by the hostel and was indeed quite modest: muesli, toast, three or four different spreads (three times jam, and honey) and hot chocolate.
In the morning, we had the long-promised ''Shakespeare Lecture'' in the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s theatre on the southern bank of the Thames. The guide, an actor of the theatre, first showed us the theatre room itself and told us in a very funny manner about the history of the building, the historical circumstances of Shakespeare, his plays and its performances. Later we went down into a room under the theatre with the second class in the lecture which coincidentally came from Germany as well. There, the guide once more went into Shakespeare’s plays, especially in ''A midsummer night's dream“. He asked for volunteers and explained some things on the basis of a scene from the play. That was quite funny because the girl who played Oberon in our performance of ''A midsummer night's dream“ in drama volunteered and then should play Titania who stands against Oberon in that scene, so she always knew the lines before the guide told her...
After the lecture we had free time. Due to our underground weekly ticket which applied for the whole London town centre we were quite flexible and could walk to wherever we liked to in small groups. Many went to Tower Bridge or Oxford Street for example, or went by one of the typical buses (where our ticket also applied) and took photos of the red phone boxes. After supper which was a bit hurried and where a very big pot with adamant potatoes combined with an unnoticed broken hotplate and overcooked sausages played a not negligible role, we returned to the Globe to watch a performance of ''The Taming of the Shrew“. The play was classical, but nevertheless funny and pleasantly staged. The only problem was that we, with our low-priced tickets, had to stand through the whole piece in spite of ca. 32 degrees and weren't allowed to sit down – of which the usherettes reminded us several times. And it was a pity that the theatre which didn't have a roof was exactly in the approach path of Heathrow and so was often flown over by noisy planes.

On Tuesday we visited the financial district including the Gherkin, after that the Victoria & Albert Museum – a gigantic and free museum where everything which could be linked in any way to history of art is exposed – a compilation of fashion and its development in history, jewellery, Samurai armours and classical Greek sculptures. When we had finished in the museum we went to Baker Street and ''Little Venice“, a small canal complex. In the afternoon we were on Camden Market, a huge tourist market for all sorts of things. We had some free time here as well and could return to the hostel on our own. After supper we rode to Buckingham Palace which we indeed only saw in dusk now, and then strolled a bit through the nocturnal Green Park. All those who wanted to could stay a little longer to play the “'Werewolf-game” there.
Three of us visited the musical “Charlie and the chocolate factory” on their own.
The downside of that day was the fact was that a lot of money was stolen from one room, supposedly by the hostel staff itself.

On Wednesday we went to the Tate Modern, passing by St. Paul's Cathedral. Tate Modern was a free museum as well for modern art. We sat down before it for a while and listened to a very good busker (of which there are quite many in London, both good and bad ones ;D) Here we could also decide how long we wanted to stay. Many indulged in some fish and chips in front of the Millennium Bridge. After that we went to the Docklands, an old harbour district which is very chic nowadays. Those who wanted to could join one part of the class which went for a walk under the Thames through Greenwich Foot Tunnel. Then we had free time once more. That last evening/night we sat together for a very long time and played Werewolf.

Thursday was the day of departure. With packed cases we went back to King's Cross and then – one last time by tube - to Heathrow. And so we returned home from an eventful and all in all gorgeous class trip!

Wales-Fahrt 22.08. - 28.08.2011

Unsere wundervolle Klassenreise nach Wales in das idyllische Conwy begann mit einer großen Hürde: Es lag uns eine 22 stündige Busfahrt mit Eugen Merkel bevor. Die Fahrt verlief allerdings in stiller Harmonie in Begleitung unserer Deutschlektüre ,,Effi Briest“. Die Ozeanüberquerung stellte ein besonderes Highlight unserer Reise dar, wo wir einen Cocktail in der Skylounge genießen konnten, wodurch die Anreise sich etwas angenehmer gestaltete. Doch bevor wir endgültig unser Ziel Conwy erreichten, machten wir noch einen kurzen Zwischenstopp in der kleinen aber feinen Stadt Chester, auch bekannt durch den gleichnamigen Analogkäse, und nutzten die Zeit, um die riesige Shoppingmall zu erkunden.Am Dienstagabend war es dann endlich soweit: Wir kamen an unserem lang ersehnten Ziel an und feierten dies mit einem kalten Guiness im Pub am Hafen.
Am Mittwoch fuhren wir dann auf Umwegen zu dem süßen Caernarfon Castle, wo einst Prinz Charles gekrönt wurde. Petrus meinte es anfangs nicht gut mit uns und bescherte uns schlechtes Wetter, dann aber tat sich das Himmelstor auf und wir konnten die Burg in strahlendem Sonnenschein betrachten. Eine von uns war von dem Glanz so beeindruckt, dass sie gleich da blieb... Beim darauffolgenden Spaziergang waren wir aber alle wieder tutti completti. Den Abend haben wir bei einem netten Activityspiel ausklingen lassen.
Am Donnerstag stand uns eine 23 km lange Wandertour auf den 1000m hohen Snowdon-Gipfel bevor. Nach dem Frühstück wurden wir von Eugen an einer Bergstation abgesetzt und das Wetter zeigte sich von seiner besten Seite. Nach dem anstrengenden Beklimmen durften wir einen herausragenden Ausblick genießen, der uns für den harten Aufstieg entschädigte. Nach unserer 6 stündigen Tour wurden wir von Eugen auf der anderen Seite des Berges wieder aufgegabelt. Auf dem Heimweg konnten wir uns schon auf das am Abend bevorstehende Theaterstück ,,A midsummer nights dream“ von William Shakespeare freuen, denn zur Ruhe kamen wir nie. Das Stück glänzte vor allem durch seine prächtige Kulisse, da es in Conwy Castle im Freien bei Sonnenuntergang stattfand. Trotz der Kälte und mangelnder Sitzgelegenheiten blieb die Mehrheit bis zum Schluss der Komödie. Den Abend haben wir mit einem Gläschen südafrikanischen Vino genossen.
Alle freuten sich schon auf den Freitag, denn da stand eine tolle Manchesterbesichtigungstour auf dem Plan, doch bevor wir unsere Freizeit selber gestalten durften, besuchten wir das MOSI (Museum of Science and Industrie). Nachdem wir hinreichend Wissen über die Stoffherstellung und weiteren wichtigen bahnbrechenden Erfindungen getankt hatten, stürzten wir in die naheliegenden Shoppingcentren, wobei die meisten sich auf Primark konzentriert haben und dem Bann dieses Schnäppchenwunders bis zu unserer Abfahrt nicht mehr entfliehen konnten.
Den Pub haben wir im Abend verbracht...
Dann war es auch schon Samstag und wir mussten mit Bedauern feststellen, dass das auch schon unser letzter Tag in Wales war. Doch bevor wir die schöne Insel Richtung Heimat verlassen haben, lernten wir noch den verzauberten kleinen Ort York kennen, wo uns sexy Straßenmusikanten den Atem raubten.
Auf der Fähre über den Ozean wurden noch schnell die letzten Pounds und Pennies im Duty-free Shop gegen Schminke, Essen und Alkohol eingetauscht und uns trennten nur noch wenige Stunden von unserem Zuhause.
Am Sonntagabend trennten sich unsere Wege wieder und wir wurden von unseren Liebsten dort abgeholt, wo alles vor 7 Tagen begonnen hatte und konnten stolz von unseren einmaligen Erlebnissen berichten.

Lisa Goertz & Christine Ritter

Foto: Autorinnen