Our wonderful week in Broadstairs!!!! (4TH -11TH MARCH)
Members participating in the immersion linguistic-cultural week in England: Paula, María, Isabel, Estefanía, Maite, Celia, Paula, Carmen, Cristiana, Adriana, Nicola, Mario y Alejandro.
Today (11th March) we are leaving Broadstairs, in the south- east of England and we are very sad because this week has been incredible. Time, indeed, goes by very quickly. We are going to write this review soon in order not to forget anything about this wonderful trip.
It has been a very complete week and our students have been very busy with all the activities that the school Broadstairs English Centre (BEC) had prepared for them. In the morning, all the students had to attend lessons but in a different way of teaching as we usually think a lesson has to be taught. After lunch, we had the afternoon activities. On Monday, we had an Observarion quiz (it´s a kind of gymkhana) where our students were given some questions about the town and they had to find the answers in different ways. On Wednesday, a visit to the well-known and historic city of Canterbury. There, our guide gave us a very interesting explanation about the city and showed us the most important landmarks: The Cathedral, the wall around the city, Geoffrey Chaucer's statue and his work “Canterbury Tales”, The West Gate Tower at the entrance of the city, leading to London, Mary's Mount in Dane John Park where many criminals and protestants were executed. On Thursdays, the Coastal walk from Broadstairs to the nearest village, Ramsgate, full of interesting stories, for example, Queen Victoria, when she was very young, stayed there to recover from a typhoid disease. As well, many famous writers like Coleridge, Jane Austen and Willkie Collins spent their summer holidays in this city. On Saturday, we went to Margate,
We can’t miss talking to you about our whole day in London. For many of our students, it was their first time and they enjoyed a lot. We visited, of course, the most important landmarks here: Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The Royal Stables, Victoria Station, St. James’s Park, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, just a curiosity about this place. In the centre of this square, Nelson's column stands out and the story behind it is that during the famous battle of Trafalgar, Nelson was shot in his shoulder but he was not lucky and the bullet went through all his body breaking his back spine. While they were waiting for a doctor to save his life, he said his last words: “drink, drink, fan, fan rub, rub “that nobody understood. After many years of research these words have been understood as he was dying “drink = I want to drink water, fan = give me more air and rub = give me a massage on my back “
As the soldiers wanted to take him home and remember that they were fighting in the Mediterranean Sea, it was a long voyage and Nelson started to smell bad, so the soldiers bent him in two parts and put him inside the whiskey barrel. On the way back home, all the soldiers drank from this cask. There is an expression in English related to this story that when you want to go to a pub and drink, you can say “Tap the admiral”
We also had activities in the evening like street dance, the contest, the pool tournament where our student Mario won but the funniest one was the drama activity in which all our students participated in different games and we had a lot of fun thanks to Sam, one of the activity leaders of the school.
Now, we are going to include some of our students’ comments about this great week in Broadstairs.
“I will never forget this experience” María
“I would like to repeat this experience thousands of times”; Isabel
“Can we come here next year, please? I recommend you to participate”, Nicola
“I tried to get lost because I didn´t want to return to Spain, but they found me” Estefanía
“There´s a kind of magic when we leave and when we return, we´ve changed”, Maite
“This experience has been incredible. I would love to be able to repeat it again”; Celia
“I want to repeat this experience because it´s very nice”, Paula
“It has been an unforgettable week and I want to repeat it”, Paula
“My perspective about life has changed and that means that I am more mature now. I would repeat it”, Carmen
“I have liked this experience so much and I will never forget it”, Cristiana
“This experience has helped me to learn English and to meet new people. It was amazing, and I will never forget it”, Adriana
“This journey has been very nice for me because I have spoken in English and I have met a lot of interesting people. This has been very exciting for me”, Mario
“This travel has been very interesting because I have learned a lot of vocabulary and many more things. I have really liked this experience. I would like to repeat it”, Alejandro
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WE HOPE TO REPEAT IT NEXT YEAR!!!! SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?