We visited Southern Spain in the first week
of half term. The purpose of the trip was
to enjoy the art and architecture of the region,
particularly the mediaeval Moorish' influence.
And, of course, to enjoy a taste of Spanish
food and society. Without a guide, but well
supplied with guidebooks, we could really
take our time and enjoy the country. Organizing
all our own sightseeing and meals gave us
considerable flexibility, and not being tied
to a guide and a timetable turned out to be
quite a bonus. Finally, we made our way back
to the airport by taxi, train and bus. It
was a highly successful trip in every way!
Eight days of hiking in Morocco. Just imagine
it. On the first day we met our guide. A local
man with dreadlocks. Actually he was a nice
chap and very experienced. The days were filled
with travelling. We started the trek, and
walked, with small ten minute rests every
hour, if we were lucky, for about seven hours.
At nights we slept next to the river which
was an extremely pleasant place. One night,
though, we were shocked by the monsoon style
rain and hurricane. We enjoyed the Moroccan
food. After eight days of the expedition we
left exhausted and in tears.
Going to Berlin was a fantastic experience
as it is truly the most diverse city in the
world. Apart from the usual tourist attractions
there are plenty of other areas worth visiting.
Also, I found the German people not to be
as serious and efficient as I thought they
would be. They were very friendly and hospitable.
It's a shame that future 6 formers won't have
an opportunity to go on this exchange in future
because our partner school is restricting
it to 4th years.
We spent three weeks travelling around South
East Asia. On arrival the group was met by
our chief guide, who briefed us on the forthcoming
trek and provided the necessary sleeping bags,
carry mats and supplies. Next morning we headed
into the jungle first by minibus and then
by boat. Our first port of call was the Canopy
walk, basically a rope walkway suspended between
tress 40 foot above the ground. Then the group
left the river and set off on foot to explore
This year I had decided to organize the work
experience week in a different part of France
and with a different company. Indeed, tough
the week in Brittany had been a success every
time, the main problem was in the evening
as the boys were all staying together and,
therefore, speaking English. Trying to make
them speak French to each other, after having
spent the day at their work placement trying
to understand what was going on, was a very
As we departed from Hampton, having been on
the exchange before I thought that there wouldn't
be anything new to me, except the language
perhaps. As I found out over the next week
France always has new experiences to offer.
The French host families were very kind and
understanding while we spent the weekend with
our hosts so we felt as if we were back at
home - well, apart from having to speak French,
obviously! Our guides had planned a range
of excursions, including cultural, sporting
and entertainment centres of the city.