des Leistungskurses Englisch (Herr Daßler) nach London
Departure: Everybody turned up in time so our coach left at 9 am as planned.
Ferry crossing: We departed from Calais at 3:30 pm and arrived at Dover at 4 pm (local time). During the crossing, we had to set our watches back by one hour.
Accomodation: Our address in London was: Lord Jim Hotel, 23/25 Penywern Road, London SW5 9TT (near Earl´s Court), where the students were accomodated in rooms of four to six beds.
Evening activities: We went by tube to Leicester Square, from where we explored the West End on foot (Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, etc).
Tuesday, July 22
10am–1pm: The students could decide whether to go to the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, or the Victoria and Albert (all those museums were within walking distance of our hotel).
Early afternoon: We went by tube to Green Park, from where we walked to Buckingham Palace and then through St James´s Park to Westminster, across the Thames and along the South Bank to the New Globe.
Late afternoon and evening: free time
Wednesday, July 23
10:00–12:00: Some students went to a gallery (National Gallery, Tate Gallery or Tate Modern), the teachers to Westminster Abbey.
Afternoon: free time
19:30-ca 22:30: At the New Globe on the South Bank we saw a performance of Shakespeare´s play “Richard III” (with an all-women cast).
Thursday, July 24
Day trip to Oxford: The coach took us there in one and a half hours. On our arrival in Oxford, we first walked to Broad Street to see “The Oxford Story”, a multimedia show illustrating the history of the city. We were told about the famous people who studied at Oxford but also about the enmity between “town and gown”, that´s to say the citizens and the university. After that, we paid a visit to Magdalen College, perhaps the most beautiful college there. The students had part of the afternoon and the early evening at their own disposal. At 9 pm we were back at our hotel.
Friday, July 25
Exploring the Docklands Area and Greenwich: Having stored our luggage in the coach, we went to Tower Hill by underground, from there we took a Docklands Light Railway train through the (former) Docklands to Greenwich. There we saw the Cutty Sark (a 19th century tea clipper) and some of our group took a stroll up Greenwich Hill to the Old Royal Observatory (with beautiful views over Central London, if it hadn´t been for the rain).
To get back to Central London, we had to walk through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel (underneath the Thames) to Island Gardens, another DLR station. The rest of the afternoon and early evening was at the students´ disposal.
Departure: Our coach left from the hotel at 7:30pm and we arrived at Dover just in time for the 10:45 pm ferry.
Saturday, July 26
Transfer to Lüdenscheid: We disembarked at Calais at 1am (Central European Summer Time) and arrived safe and sound in Lüdenscheid at about 7:30am.
The Natural History Museum
by Kathrin Zborowski and Alexander Hogan
On the second day of our trip to London we visited the Natural History Museum. In our opinion it was the most interesting part of our sightseeing tour, because there was one area of the museum devoted to human biology. We were interested initially in the exhibits which showed the various stages in the development of a human being, from embryo to adult.
We also found the areas dealing with the sensory organs of the body, such as ears and eyes, fascinating. As an example of this, the exhibition incorporated an area dealing with the operation of the eyes in relation to the brain, and how sight is relayed. We were particularly entertained by the section which dealt with how the eyes can be deceived through light and colour working in certain ways.
Another part of the exhibition which invited the visitor to test their memory was thoroughly enjoyable, as we appreciated the incorporation of a hands-on aspect. The point was to test how well the memory works in stressful situations. The visitor was shown a crime-scene on a screen, and afterwards asked to identify the murderer and murder weapon. This was made difficult through the fact that each suspect and each weapon were very similar in appearance, and the information that the visitor had to work with was very unreliable.
Overall, the exhibition, and the whole museum itself, were extremely interesting, and we learned a lot, both because of the insightful, fascinating way the information was presented, and the original idea to let the visitors learn some of the facts themselves, through the hands- on learning aspect. The visit to this great museum is recommendable.
London’s cultural sights
by Christina Neuhaus, Christina Schulte, Melanie Wickel
The National History Museum proved to be very interesting because of its various interactive exhibits. This goes especially for one exhibition in which you could discover the functions of the human body, e.g. memory, the sense of sight or the genetic code and the theory of inheritance.
Very impressive was to practise what our brain has to do while we are walking and running. By pressing buttons we had to regulate the amount of water and oxygen needed in the body. It was very difficult to control these things at any one time without killing the virtual human.
On Wednesday we went to Shakespeare’s New Globe to watch the play Richard III. performed by an all–women cast. The play was entertaining and partly funny although the content was tragical. Another positive aspect of Richard III. was the audience involvement, e.g. the audience had to represent the people of Richard’s London.
At the Royal Observatory in Greenwich we stood exactly on the Prime Meridian and got to know the method of locating a ship by determining its longitude and latitude. John Harrison therefore invented the first chronometer that worked at sea without being influenced by high waves, temperature, air pressure or gravity.
On the roof of the Observatory was placed a big red aluminum ball which always falls down at high noon to show the seamen that it is twelve o’clock.
by Laura Wehling, Janina Fritsch, Tabea Augustin, Katarina Kovacic
We strolled down Camden High Street looking at various extraordinary shops and small markets. The people in the streets had different nationalities and there was a large variety of restaurants, for example Chinese, Indian and African ones. We recognised that the people in Camden Town were more open-minded and friendlier than elsewhere in London.
In the middle of Camden Town there is a channel lined by trees and plants, giving it a nice and relaxed atmosphere.
Our impression of Camden Town is a very good one: We liked the vivid atmosphere and the multiculturalism. Also shopping was great fun there. All in all we think Camden Town is very recommendable if you are interested in an alternative look at London.