Nuremberg, 5:00 pm - the voyage began. Two teachers and 30 pupils were on their way to London, England. Boardingtime: 6:50. Start, flight, landing, Stansted.
Rain welcomed us on British ground, just like it should be in England (and Great Britain hold what the prejudices promise concerning the weather). After the first confusions in the bus because of the left-hand traffic, we enjoyed this grand city through the windows with eyes, ears and mouthes open. It seemed like magic surrounded us because of the city's flair - Lidl for example isn't just Lidl here. It's the Lidl in London! We came to Swiss Cottage, a district in London where our hostel "Palmer's Lodge" was. Our accommodation for the next six days was a beautiful big house with huge wooden stairs and a lot of space. Armed with the key-card we moved into our rooms and settled in.
London, 09:15 am - Tower Bridge. Taking a lot of photos was the main aim. Well, we were true tourists taking fotos of ourselves in all poses in front of all famous buildings that London has to offer. But we were in London - so why no?
Our trip continued through the City of London, we went into the "Tate Modern", a big museum for modern art that already impressed from the outside with its unconventional building and street art. You have to look twice at the gigantic picture of the coloured man with the aggressiv glance to see that he is not pointing a gun at the viewers, but a camera.
Our teachers, Ms. Terbeck and Mr. Remler exposed to be real London-insiders with a lot of cultural and historical knowledge. We had freetime after the Tate which most of us used to have a lunch at "EAT" or "Wagamama", a coffee at the famous, overpriced "Starbucks" or to go shopping which is a fine thing in London! But we weren't in London for shopping only! We were on an educational trip! So we went to St Paul´s Cathedral and enjoyed a magnificent view from the gallery inside and from the top outside the church – luckily it was NOT raining!
Then we headed for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where a young Englishman with a wonderful accent told us a lot of interesting things e.g. what used to be in this place many years ago. A short time later we watched the play "A midsummer night's dream" by William Shakespeare. Wee, at least we wanted to. But the English rain put a spoke in our wheel. The event was open air so we, the groundlings, were standing under the mean water from above, it was freezing cold. No rain cape could help - during the intermission most of us simply had to surrender and drove home to the hostel by underground. There we warmed up and made some soup and pudding which we had brought along from Germany. Good night, sleep tight!
The day began as usual at 9.15. We met in front of our hostel and took the tube to Westminster. We took a look at Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. The entrance fees are quite expensive, so we didn´t visit this famous church. After passing Downing Street we went to see the changing of the horse guards at Whitehall. Just as the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace it´s worth looking at. Then we went to Trafalgar Square and Nelson´s Column. After a short break we visited the National Gallery which houses one of the world´s biggest collection of European paiting. It was amazing to see the paiting of great artists like Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo.
Later we went for a stroll to Covent Garden, Chinatown and Soho.
By underground we went to Paddington, the station where we departed for our trip to Oxford. After one hour we arrived in Oxford. At 2.45 pm we started our guided tour through the beautiful city Oxford. We visited some of the famous colleges there, for example the Exetor or the Jesus College. We got a fair and lasting impression of a student´s life in Oxford because we visited a dining room, a garden of a college and a college church, too. The Bodleian Library was of special interest for the bookworms in our class because it was used as a location (Hall) in Harry Potter films. Although it was heavily raining all day long we really enjoyed this trip to Oxford.
Bond Street: Tiffany, Prada, Chanel - posh, expensive, glamorous. At St James´s Palace we had the chance to take some photos of two guards in their traditional uniform. Since there were too many tourists in front of Buckingham Palce we went on to Harrods and were not allowed to go inside because we were a group of students. :-( After a short break we went on a boat trip to Greenwich. We walked to the observatory and took some photos of the prime meridian of the world (zero longitude). We really enjoyed to put one foot in the western hemisphere and one foot in the eastern hemisphere.
On our last day in London we visited one of the most famous museums in the world: The British Museum. In this fascinating building with its glass ceiling in form of a cupola you can see artefacts from everywhere in the world, for example Egyptian mummies. Two hours were too little time to look at everything closely, but the first impressions were fascinating. From 1.00 pm until 4 pm we had some free time which we spent with shopping (we loved it :-). Everybody arrived very tired at the hostel and after a few difficulties with the bus(-driver) we were on the way to the airport. Everybody was exhausted but happy. We were provided with lots of good memories, photos and souvenirs. We had a great time in London!
Jasmin Kilian, Anna Nöth, Tamara Wiebe