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Trinity News : April 2008
TRINITY NEWS 23 On December 2, twenty-four Trinity students, two staff Mrs Hall and Mr Smith and the Schapowal and Mangos families departed for 3.5 weeks of intensive tourism and language practice in France and Germany. The main aim of our journey was to experience both countries and cultures for 8 days each then to spend a week in one of the two countries, where the students and teachers were able to attend school and live with a host family. We returned inspired, but somewhat reluctantly, on December 27. Experiences varied for each tour member, but for everyone there were numerous highlights. Two of the students’ impressions of the trip are included below. Those students who studied languages, are encouraged to consid- er a similar tour or a language exchange as a way of boosting your con?dence and language skills. Such an experience will inspire you in your senior years of study and allow you to put all those years of bookwork into practice in real-life situations. “Living” a new culture, having an opportunity to attend school and live in a new family, celebrating a European Christmas and travelling with your school mates – these moments are more impressive than words can express and the memories will live with the students forever. The host families were full of praise for the way in which the lads interacted with their family members and their level of aptitude in their language of study. We look forward to another tour taking place in three years’ time. Andrew Smith | Rowena Hall Germany Germany was really a cultural wonderland and by far the most enjoyable leg of the tour. Our ?rst stop was in Freiburg, where we were enchanted by the view from the Freiburg Münster, seeing a great view of the Black Forest, which was certainly worth climbing the 300 narrow spiralled stairs! From Freiburg we journeyed to Lindau, where despite horrible weather we managed to see the Lighthouse and the Bodensee (Lake Constance). We visited the captivating Neuschwanstein Castle, (stopping on the way for some snowball ?ghts!). Despite some unfortunate incidents, skiing atop the Zugspitze was one of the greatest moments of the tour. Mu- nich was absolutely wonderful, with the beautiful Marienplatz and the Christmas markets there and the fantastic Frauenkirche. The homestay in the town of Bammental was certainly the greatest moment of the tour for me, especially celebrating Christmas with a German family. I’d recommend the school tours for anyone who wishes to excel linguistically and generally experience the world. Nick Schapowal (12Mu) My European Trip My trip to France was de?nitely one of the best experiences of my life. Paris was probably the highpoint of my trip because of its exquisite food, unique culture and beautiful monuments. We were guided on various tours throughout this amazing city visiting renowned sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triom- phe and the Champs Elysees. Our hotel was, let’s just say, surpris- ingly different when we entered our rooms. I guess Parisians are very space conscious considering our bathroom, which consisted of a shower, toilet and sink ?tted into an area about the size of a wardrobe. However, these moments are also the ones that made my experience so enjoyable and unique and I highly recommend it to future language students who get this opportunity. Justin Mangos (12He) 1 The group outside Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris 2 Amboise, with its majestic chateau in the Loire Valley 3 The Castle Hohenschwangau 4 The accommodation in Paris could best be described as Spartan European Language Tour December 2007 1 2 3 4