On April the 4th, we the students of 6A and 6B and the teachers Maga Gutmann and Maga Zvonarits started our journey to Edinburgh. Even if it was an early start, everyone was excited to get to the airport as soon as possible. After a relaxing flight we arrived in Edinburgh around 1pm. The city greeted us with the typical Scottish weather: rain. However, that didn’t stop us from enjoying the city tour around the old town of Edinburgh. After a quick introduction to the school and Edinburgh we headed off to our host families.
The next day we started with our first classes. Thanks to our teachers Dom, Richard and Amy we learned a lot about Scottish culture but also pronunciation, grammar and intonation. I think that I speak for all of us when I say that their classes really helped to improve our English.
But school wasn’t the only thing we went to when we were in Edinburgh. One of the highlights for everybody was the Royal Botanic Garden that charmed us with its beauty. Especially the students who got to see the glasshouses were very impressed by the beauty of nature.
On Saturday and Sunday we all had a wee blether about the dreich weather. Nevertheless it didn’t stop us from getting on the bus and go to the highlands. Our tour guide told us a lot about Scottish culture and history and made sure that no one got bored on the bus. I think the highlight of this trip was Stirling Castle, where we learned a bit more about the life of Mary Queen of Scots.
On Sunday we got to look at Victoria Street, which was the model for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books. In the afternoon we walked around gorgeous Holyrood Park, which lies at the foot of Arthur’s Seat. We planned walking up there but unfortunately the weather had other plans for us so we had to postpone it to another day.
On Monday, after class, we got to see Edinburgh Castle. Maga Gutmann even found out that her last name was of knightly origin and had her own crest printed out. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Edinburgh on our own and doing some shopping.
We spent our Tuesday afternoon in Mary King’s Close, underground dwellings below Edinburgh’s Royal Mile . Afterwards we got to go to Portobello Beach. At first the idea of going there seemed pretty boring to all of us but when we arrived there the teachers really struggled to send us home as everybody wanted to stay for just a bit longer.
On our last day we finally got to do our hike up Arthur’s Seat. The weather was amazing and so was the view from the top of the mountain. You could see the whole city from up there.
Unfortunately this was the end of our time in Scotland. At 4am we all met at the airport again to travel back to our beloved home.
In conclusion I can say that this trip really helped us to improve our language skills and everyone enjoyed the trip there. Also we learned that there are a lot of steps in Edinburgh. I dare say no one regrets choosing Edinburgh as our destination and a lot of people would love to go back to Scotland again.