Whose cobbles tell tales
A city of enormous gifts
Whose streets sing of history
We departed from Ede on Sunday the 11th of May for a long overnight journey across the rough North Sea. Although some of our students relished standing out on the windswept deck and enjoying that exhilarating feeling of the wind in their hair , some of our students suffered with terrible sea sickness. A few of us were still feeling the effects of the boat trip after coming ashore in Newcastle. That rocking, swaying feeling, lingering with us until late Monday evening.
However, after that initial hiccup the trip only went from strength to strength. Our exciting, action-packed programme led us to explore the culture and language of the United Kingdom.
We stopped off at Chesters Roman Fort ( part of The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall) and Jedburgh Abbey on our drive up to Edinburgh.
Our students stayed with host families and got the chance to immerse themselves in some Scottish culture. They explored Edinburgh’s impressive castle with its stunning views, looked at famous works of art hanging in the National Gallery and plodded around the bustling city centre, shopping to buy souvenirs and clothing. They experienced medieval Edinburgh with a ghost tour through the closes, courtyards and underground vaults of the old city. They visited an amazing feat of engineering- The Falkirk Wheel in Falkirk and wandered around the beautiful Alnwick Castle, where many famous movies have been filmed such as Harry Potter.
The highlight of the Scottish trip for many however was our journey to the Scottish Highlands. The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and on a clear day the view from the top of Conic Hill is superb. As we walked up Conic Hill
(part of the famous West Highland Way walking route), we passed many avid hikers along the path. Being the teacher at the back of a very large group of Dutch teenagers trudging up the hill ( 51 on total) I was often questioned by passers-by who were curious to know more about us. Where had we come from? Where is Ede exactly? What kind of trip were the students doing? How long had they been learning English? What did we think of Scotland? And then what often ensued were many compliments about how polite our students were and how good their English was!
As with all good things in life, eventually they must come to an end, so we headed to Newcastle to embark on the boat trip home to Ijmuiden- luckily for us the sea was as calm as a Scottish Loch.
Proud Marnix Teacher ( Native Speaker)
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