Berlin and Krakow Trip
During half term 27 students from Years 10 and 11 visited Berlin and Krakow. It was a busy and fascinating trip. Here are some of the highlights as told by Josh Blood and Becky Jones in Year 10.
The tour of Berlin was really interesting, and the buildings were very pretty. I really liked the memorial to the Jews, because they were so symbolic and you could interpret them in so many ways. The Berlin Wall gallery was great and the challenge was really fun. My favourite part of our time in Berlin was the visit to the Brandenburg Gate as it has a really interesting history. The tour guide gave us insight into the history and construction of the monuments we visited which really helped bring the tour to life.
In Krakow we visited many important historical sites, such as the old town and Auschwitz concentration camp. On the Wednesday, we woke up early and travelled to the sites of Auschwitz and Birkenau where everything was explained to us as we walked around the important historical sites. We met a Holocaust survivor later that day before enjoying a meal at a restaurant in Krakow, which was followed by some traditional Polish dancing where everybody got involved. It was a relaxing way to spend the evening after what had been a really thought provoking day.
Finally, on Thursday, we had a walking tour around the old town in Krakow, where the tour guide gave us insight into the history of the city. We also tried some traditional Polish street food and one of the most popular was half a baguette toasted with mushrooms and melted cheese called zapiazanka.
We all had a really good time on the trip and would like to thank all the teachers who came with us, for giving up most of their half term (Dr Cannadine, Mrs Ellender, Mr Subires and Mrs Bhurra).