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16.-23.04.2016 - Language Week 2016

4B Discovering Ireland

At exactly 7 am on Saturday, 16th April, almost all students of the 4B were sitting in the bus that was heading towards the airport of Memmingen. After successfully completing the safety procedures we were allowed to enter the Boeing 737 which brought us directly to Shannon in the west of Ireland.

From there a bus, which luckily was equipped with Wi-Fi, took us to Galway. A guide with clean English (not like the common Irish people - which was clearly an advantage for us) showed us around the city.

We spent the first night in an amazing golf resort. It was literally in the middle of nowhere, but groups of four got their own house, and so it was the best stay of the trip.

After a typical Irish breakfast the next morning we headed to the famous Cliffs of Moher. Luckily we were able to enjoy them on a clear and sunny Sunday. A little south of the Cliffs some of us jumped into the 7°C cold Atlantic – much to the horror of our teachers, Ms Pumberger and Ms Wiesinger.

The bus journey then went on to Killarney, a town which is part of a national park and also has the famous Muckross House and a lot of pubs. The whole class had a classical Irish dinner together: Irish stew.

After spending the night in Killarney we started the long bus journey to Dublin. On the way there, and for getting a bit of history education, we stopped at the Rock of Cashel, a pretty huge castle with its own cathedral, and at Glendalough, a very old village made of stone houses in the Wicklow Mountains. In the evening we arrived at the language school in Dublin from where we made our way to our host families.

Tuesday morning and the following days started with lessons at the language school until half past 1 pm. We were divided into small groups and I think we learned a lot, including some slang expressions.

The afternoons were full of sightseeing program. We had a walking tour through Dublin past the General Post Office (GPO) and to Trinity College, visited the Temple Bar quarter, the abandoned Kilmainham Gaol, the Jameson Whiskey Distillery, a sheepdog demonstration, etc. etc.

In the evenings we had fun bowling and playing LaserTag, and attended a greyhound race and an Irish music evening.

 

“All in all it was a great week and we saw a lot for the little time we had.” – Julia

“It was a great week. I saw a lot of interesting things and had a lot of fun.” – Michael A.

“All in all it was a very fascinating week, in which we didn’t only improve our English skills, but also our cultural and geographical knowledge.” – Andreas

“The language week in Ireland was one of the best journeys in my lifetime.” – Tom

("Best-of" the students' reports)