Sophelia in Leipzig

Since now, everything has been really fun! We have done lots of awesome stuff like visiting Leipzig zoo, Leipzig city with its monuments and sights and Dresden, baking yummy cupcakes together, singing ABBA-Songs, and having an amazing look at the Great Barrier Reef in the Panometer. Amelia, my english exchange partner, and me, Sophia, have an unforgettable Read More

Elementary, My Dear Watson!

I stayed at Safia’s family. When I found out that she likes Sherlock as much as I did, well, we had a lot to talk about.
Different theories to the series were discussed. As this happened in school and we were not allowed to speak, we decided to dedicate our Saturday to Mr. Sherlock Holmes. We did NOT build up a shrine and start some sort of rituals, instead we travelled to London to visit some sets of the Sherlock series.

Accompanied by her 21 year old brother, Matteo, we took the train to London. Before we went to the first set, we stopped at his university and took a long look at St. Paul’s Cathedral and some fat pigeons. After that we headed to the St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Sherlock fans wrote on the telephone box and the dusty windows…we would never do something like that.

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So after expressing ourselves on windows and having a closer look at the nice garden behind, we made our way to the famous Baker Street. We stopped at Kings Cross and watched people taking photos on track 9 3/4. Hit by nostalgia we got into the underground which isn’t close to the Hogwarts Express.

Finally there, we were gasping for air and were greeted by Sherlock Holmes himself. It was hot, so maybe we imagined it.

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We looked at 221B Baker Street from the outside. There was a long queue and the English man in charge was stressed, making him impolite, but still nice by German standards.

On the whole way we talked about English series, English people and had a lot to laugh about. At the Sherlock-related places we would be all excited and would continue talking…but louder.

At last I bought a little souvenir (because memories are not enough). We took the train back to Woking and our great day ended with a  wonderful BBQ with the others.

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Taylor Swift, das cremigste Eis der Welt und jede Menge inspirierende Straßenkunst…

Paula und ich, Sophia, wohnten in England bei Luka und ihrer Familie. Wir hatten ein sehr schönes, unvergessliches und erlebnisreiches Wochenende…

Nachdem uns unsere Austauschschüler am Freitag ihr Schulleben gezeigt und wir uns mit ihnen ein Bowlingbattle geliefert hatten, ging es am Samstag für Paula und mich mit Luka und ihrem Papa nach London. Die beiden zeigten uns nicht nur die klassischen Touristenattraktionen, sondern auch so einige Geheimtipps, wie zum Beispiel einen Markt in Brixton, „Pop Brixton“, der auf alten Schiffscontainern basiert, in welchen sich Essens-, Souvenir- und Klamottenstände befinden. Oder Covent Garden, wo man bei „Venchi“ das cremigste und leckerste Eis bekommt, das jeder unbedingt probieren sollte! Weiterhin besuchten wir Camden Market, umringt von kreativst gestalteten Häusern, der eine gute Möglichkeit bietet, um einzigartige und besondere kleine Dinge zu kaufen. Abends, als langsam die Sonne unterging, genossen wir den Blick über Themse, Big Ben, Towerbridge und London Eye und das Highlight und die Abrundung des ganzen Tages bot uns Taylor Swift mit ihrem Gesang, die zufällig gerade ein Konzert gab, als wir auf einen Spaziergang durch den Hyde Park gingen.

Auch der Sonntag verlief sehr schön und entspannt. Wir drei Mädels schauten uns im Kino Pitch Perfect II an und hatten danach noch die Möglichkeit, in einige Läden hineinzuschauen, denn in der Innenstadt von Woking hatten diese sogar am Sonntag geöffnet, und zwar bis 17.00 Uhr. Abends spielten wir einige lustige Brettspiele und dann gingen Paula und ich zufrieden und glücklich ins Bett… Read More

London called and we came …

An exciting day in London. We started early in the morning, left Woking at 830 am, arriving at London Waterloo only minutes later.

After we left Waterloo Station we went to London Eye, took pictures of Big Ben and Westminster and walked over to walk around Westminster a bit, met a strange, enormous dog and had a fotoshooting at an classic UK phone booth.

Afterwards we walked to Horse Guards Parade to see the change of the guards there. As it was so sunny and temperatures began to increase rapidly, we walked into the nearby St. James Park and chilled in the shadow of a big tree. Next on the agenda was a visit to the museums district with Victoria&Albert, Science and Natural History Museum. Some of us focused on one of the three, some tried to visit each one.

Done with cultural London – shopping. Took the tube to Bond Street, chilled in a small park again before heading up to Oxford street and its uncountable number of shops. With full bags and emptier pockets we met after some hours back in the park, guess what … yes … chilled again and decided to walk to Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden to get some marvellous ice-cream on the recommendation of Paula. And what should we say, indeed it was one of the best ice-creams we ever ate. Truly delicious.

So this was our London day-trip. We took the tube back to Waterloo and left London after a our 12,5 hour visit. What a day 🙂

Some impressions from our trip:

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London calling …

Heute geht es nach London. Und bisher haben wir auch schon einiges gemacht:

  • Themse mit London Eye (auch wenn wir nicht mitgefahren sind)
  • Westminster und Big Ben
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Horse Parade
  • Fotosession in englischer Telefonzelle und überdimensionalem Hund
  • U-Bahn fahren
  • Science-Museum / Victoria&Albert-Museum / Natural History Museum

… und was kommt noch?

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Oxford Street (Shopping)
  • Tower Bridge

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Freitag in der Schule … Samstag im Garten

Heute mal auf deutsch. Am Freitag besuchten wir unsere Partnerschule und gemeinsam mit den gastschülern den Unterricht. Einige Schüler konnten der Assembly der Jarhgangsstufe 9 beiwohnen und einmal erleben, wie interessant so ein Schultag starten kann. Die Schüler müssen in einer Reihe antreten und betreten geschlossen im Gänsemarsch die Aula um Platz zu nehmen. Während der Assembly herrscht absolute Ruhe, kaum einer flüstert, geschweige denn dreht sich um. Es werden Schüler für gute Leistungen und Erfolge ausgezeichnet, der Jahrgangsleiter spricht über den Ramadan und wie man anderen Kulturen respektvoll begegnen kann.

Nach diesen mehr oder weniger spannenden Einblicken in die britische Schulwelt, ging es am Nachmittag durch Woking zum Bowling Center.

Das Wochenende liegt dann ganz allein in den Händen der Schüler und Gastfamilien. Einige fuhren nach London, in einen Freizeitpark oder an die nahegelegene Küste. Am Samstag Abend waren alle Gastschüler samt Familien zu einer Gastfamilie nach Hause eingeladen. Ein durchaus internationaler Abend mit rumänischen, indischen, deutschen und spanischen Einflüssen. Dies spiegelte sich ebenfalls im Buffet wieder: indische Samosas, spanische Teigtaschen, deutscher Kartoffelsalat, indische Cracker, spanischer Salat und englische Kuchen. Ein tolle rAbend mit jeder Menge Spass, netten Gesprächen und hervorragendem Essen 🙂

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We finally made it …

DSC_0112.smallAfter several hours of sitting around at Berlin airport we finally got on the plane and arrived at Gatwick 1915 local time, a delay of 4.5 hours.

 

What a stress at Berlin airport: At first the flight was delayed by two hours, even the service-staff didnt knew about the delay, we got the good news from the internet. After one hour of waiting the delay increased to three and after another 30 minutes to four hours. At the end we waited 4.5 hours. But we had lots of fun at the airport, got some vouchers to buy food and drinks, relaxed under a tree and listened to strange south-east-european music 😉

Finally we arrived at Gatwick airport, where a minibus picked us up to go to Woking High. At half past nine we arrived at the school and met our host families.

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Our program for Woking

This is our Program for Woking so far:

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4 days left …

Only four more days and we’ll be flying over to visit our partnerschool in Woking.   Read More

Thursday 25th  June– Arrive at WHS

1420 Arrival of German party at LGW
1500 School minibus collects party from LGW
1630 Host students and parents meet partners, collect from WHS
Evening and overnight with host families

Friday 26th  June – Morning in School/ Bowling in Woking in  afternoon

0855 Tutor time followed by periods 1 and 2
1115 Break
1145 Period 3
1245 Lunch – (school restaurant or packed lunch)
1315 Depart WHS on foot with exchange partners to go to ‘Big Apple’ for bowling
1530 Students return home with partners (either picked up from Big Apple or make their way home/back to school)

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June –   Host families

Weekend spent with host families

Monday  29th June – Day in London

0830 Host parents drop exchange students only at back of Woking Station
Visit London for the day

ideas so far:

—> Natural History Museum  [free]
—> Victoria and Albert Museum     [free]
—> science museum    [free]
—> Oxford Street (Shopping)
1830 (tbc) Host parents pick up from Woking Station

Tuesday  30th June– Day in Windsor

0830 Host parents drop exchange students only at back of Woking Station
Visit Windsor for the day
1830 (tbc) Host parents pick up from Woking station

Wednesday 1st July

0600 Host parents drop off exchange students at WHS
School minibus takes students and teachers to LGW
Flight departs 1005
Arrival Berlin 1300
Arrival Leipzig 1806