From 12th April to 19th April 2012
The weather was very nice on 12th April, when we all met up at Klagenfurt airport. The plane took off at 17:50 and about two hours later we arrived at London Stansted.
After having received our luggage, we took the coach to Eastbourne where we got nicely welcomed by our host families at around 21:00. We all had nice host parents and lovely homes.
The following days we went to school at 9:00 and made excursions in the afternoons. On the first day - after a short town walk through Eastbourne - we walked up to the very popular Beachy Head, where we enjoyed the marvelous view.
On Saturday afternoon, right after school, we took a train to Brighton, where we walked down to the seafront, passing the Royal Pavilion and strolling through The Lanes. There we split up and explored the city on our own.
Sunday and Monday were our two London days. We saw and enjoyed all the important sights including Buckingham Palace, the Mall, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Hill, Tower Bridge and Greenwich. We visited Madame Tussaud’s with its exciting 4D cinema. It was also very intriguing to see Camden Town with its multicultural and alternative society. We were offered all kinds of drugs, but of course, we resisted. After this weird experience, there was plenty of time to do some shopping.
On Tuesday we made a getaway to Hastings, where we went past the ruins of the former castle to see the Smugglers’ Caves.
All of us were longing for Wednesday afternoon, because this was our free afternoon in Eastbourne. Some of us couldn’t get enough of the attractions in and around Eastbourne and went on the hop-on-hop-off bus to see the outskirts of the city. Unfortunately it was very windy and a bit chilly.
On 19th April we left Eastbourne for London and had a comfortable flight home. We arrived home at about 16:30.
All things considered, it was a wonderful week in England. We got introduced to the British culture and certainly improved our English skills. We want to thank our teachers, Prof. Karin Haider and Prof. Franz Höggerl for this unforgettable experience.
Julia Fischer, Marco Majer, 7C