Excellent study-trip to Cornwall & London
That was a really good and interesting study-trip for the two English courses of Mrs Kleen and Mr Donath. After the traditional England approach by coach and ferry via Hook of Holland to Harwich, the Sunday morning allowed us a little walk around Windsor Castle and a short glimpse at Eton before we hit the road again to travel through the beautiful south of England with marvellous weather conditions which we hadn’t expected to be like that.
In the early evening our first destination was reached: A camping site in Newquay/Cornwall, where we had eight caravans for six pupils each, of course with bathroom, sofas, and a kitchen, so the evening meal preparations started right away and noodles were to be smelled in our little camp which was rather comfortable and individualistic: we were more or less the only ones on the camping site and couldn’t disturb anyone. As the next pub was quite a foot-walk away, the 35 pupils amused themselves by visiting each other and having all the variations of fun together.
Monday offered us the chance to see various sights in south-west Cornwall like the pictoresque fishing village of St. Ives with the Tate Gallery (10 minutes of rain couldn’t spoil our good mood) as well as the beautiful scenery and nature of Land’s End. Going down to the sandy beach of Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre was a real challenge for our coach driver Rolf Rosemi, as the narrow road was even more narrowed due to street works – he did it perfectly, accompanied by the pupils’ applause! Unfortunately we couldn’t stage any Shakespeare scenes on the open-air cliff-stage of Minack Theatre as the National Trust people wanted to charge us 3.50 pounds each, ridiculous! So we just enjoyed beach and cliff-walk and observed a playful seal, following us with his eyes.
Best event at the end of the day: 36 people shopping at a huge Sainsbury’s supermarket off St. Michael’s Mount – we needed food for two dinners and three breakfasts, so we shopped till we dropped and some of the experienced boys couldn’t refrain from buying loads of “Three for two” articles, so finally they had to get rid of six cans of beans & tomatoes as well as 36 eggs, well then, the others tried to help them, of course.
As the weather forecast for Tuesday had predicted a gale with peaks of 75 miles per hour, we didn’t have our coastal walk from Boscastle to Tintagel but went to the Eden Project, where we spent hours in amazing rainforest and Mediterranean surroundings, enjoying the walks and humid climbs according to individual conditions.
Intending to have a look at an aristocratic home, Lanhydrock, we had to meet disinterest of the National Trust to earn some money, as they lacked the spontaneity to allow us in. Although there was no other group to be seen, they couldn’t let us in as we hadn’t pre-booked the day before – shame on them (or good for us, no Rosamunde Pilcher experience)! That allowed us to spend some time in Newquay and enjoy the gale forces at the coast and the beaches. Quite an experience to be blown away while watching courageous surfers having the fun of the month there! Back on the camping site, excellent evening meals were prepared and enjoyed in our caravans with the wind still blowing quite reasonably around us.
Wednesday morning saw us travelling through south England’s countryside again, yet not on the motorway but on smaller roads, until we found mythical Stonehenge and were surprised about the entrance fee of 14.50 pounds for adults. Luckily we were pre-booked and got in free of charge, behaving like a decent school-group by walking in in pairs, holding each other’s hands. Good fun to walk around the 4.500 year old stone circle and imagining what it was like such a long time ago.
When we reached London, we already experienced the traffic and the late afternoon congestions around Harrods and other famous parts of London, before we got to our hotel close to Elephant & Castle. Evening walks through various parts of London were done in groups, Nando’s offered super meals for good prices and each of us was happy about being in London.
The final Thursday saw smaller groups in different corners of London after quite a tube experience surrounded by thousands of Londoners trying to get to their offices. At noon, we had a Shakespeare workshop at the Globe Theatre and were entertained by one of the actors who did a good job telling us about Shakespeare and his way of making money with plays. Apart from one of our pupils, all the others luckily succeeded in avoiding being asked onto the stage to perform a scene, yet we enjoyed how the others did a desperate job of acting the way they were asked to do it.
Various afternoon activities in London finished the day, as we had to get on the coach at 6 o’clock to go down to Harwich for the night-ferry back to the Hook of Holland which arived there when it still was dark.
When we arrived in Aurich on Friday at 14 h, we could start our vacations after a relaxing and super study trip to the British Isle with loads of new impressions and an awesome group experience which even left the teachers more than happy.