L O N D O N
I really enjoyed my school trip to London last weekend! We started our trip on Sunday at 8 o clock in the morning and came back on Tuesday at midnight. Everything was well planned and we had a busy program to follow. The trip reminded me once again of how much I enjoy being in L O N D O N!
Sunday 8th of October
We arrived around 1 pm and started our London weekend at the National History Museum where we looked around and examined all the little critters that they have around there plus we got some additional biology revision, which is always a plus.After that, we went to Covent Garden to have a look around the shops and markets until we all met at Planet Hollywood to have a good old burger!
We then checked into our hotel. The “Quality Hotel” in Wembley will be remembered for its continental breakfast and slow internet! I shared a room with three of my friends and we had a lot of fun!
Monday 9th of October
After breakfast, we left for one of the highlights of the trip: The Harry Potter Studios! We got to see the original costumes and props as well as the great hall -which to be honest they make it seem a lot bigger in the movies- and learned about the special effects they used in the movies! It was great to be able to see everything and enjoy the magical and very own world of Harry Potter and I felt the excitement about the books once again.
Oh, why didn’t I receive a Hogwarts letter on my 11th birthday? Yet I’m here in England living my own boarding experience ;D
The Gryffindor Common Room
The dress Hermione wore to the ball in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ”
Some more costumes of the character “Luna Lovegood”
The office of Miss Dolores Umbridge
Masks used in the films
After Harry Potter we went to have pizza at the “Pizza Express” and it was delicious! Then we got to go to the Globe Theatre to watch the “Merchant of Venice”. We had to stand for 3 hours but I didn’t even care! I really enjoyed watching the play and thought it was really well done. The actors were brilliant and the costumes beautiful and authentic. The atmosphere of the open air theatre enhanced by the lights and illuminations they used made it an amazing experience. Shylock was played by Jonathan Pryce, who has been in various films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and after the play was over we saw Eddie Redmayne from “The Game of Thrones” Such a good day!
Tuesday 10th of October
On Tuesday we had booked a tour through the Globe Theatre, including a stage-fighting-demonstration! I hadn’t really thought about the many fight scenes Shakespeare uses in his plays, but the exact choreography behind each and every fight scene is a passion for itself. We also learned about the different weapons they used back in that era.
After the tour of the globe, we had a tour of the National Theatre, which was really interesting as well and reminded me of my time in the Gärtnerplatz Theater where I did my work experience last year. The atmosphere in a theatre is a very special one.
We then went to watch the Women in Black which was scary! The rather small theatre with only two actors not counting the woman in black itself made me value an actual seat after standing in the merchant of Venice. It was interesting seeing effects used to make a play scary.
That was the end of our trip and we went back home. On the way back I even managed to finish my history essay on the Russian reforms. I am grateful for an amazing trip to broaden my horizons and having so much fun!