Year 10 Trip to Munich
Boarding the plane on Sunday morning, I can honestly say I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this trip. The meetings before the trip were informative, but you still can’t really know until get there. Nevertheless, I was hopeful of being able to develop my language skills, improve my confidence and have lots of fun with all of my friends!
Each day of the trip was filled with lots to do, and to say that there was something for everyone is an understatement. To name just a few activities: we went on a tour of Neuschwanstein Castle which is the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella castle; we had a tour of the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium; and went to BMW Welt. Every activity that we did was enjoyable and definitely exceeded all expectations, but I think that the most informative, yet upsetting, location was Dachau Concentration Camp. The tour was so interesting and, although it was hellish to hear about things that went on there during World War 2, it is good that acknowledgment is being made of that period of German History.
Even though everything as mentioned above was incredible, the highlight of the trip for me was being immersed in local culture. On the first evening, we went to a restaurant called Augustiner Bräustuben where we sampled German delicacies such as Schnitzel and Spezi (a very Germanic mix of Coke and Fanta)! We were able to perfect our conversational skills with the waiters and between each other. Our hostel was located outside of the main City Centre (Marienplatz), so it never felt crowded or full of tourists, and so we had chance to speak German to locals at the hostel as well as on visits to the supermarket, ever expanding our vocabulary. Finally, we were set challenges each day, so extending our learning through the entire trip. This included things like translating an advert, finding a new and useful verb or even taking creative photographs of scenes in Munich. I enjoyed completing these because they were challenging and fun, and it was good to share with friends what each of us had found.
Report by Harriet Myers