On 9th May 2017, Friesland students set off on the return visit to Germany. Despite the very early start ( 5:15am! ) the atmosphere was full of excitement. Students landed at Frankfurt airport late morning, and proceeded to spend the rest of the day with their host families. The weather that greeted us when we arrived was beautiful and luckily it stayed that way for most of the week!
The first full day in Germany was an excursion to Frankfurt. The first stop was the Main Tower, standing at 240m tall in total. The viewing platform at 200m offered a breathtaking view of the city and surrounding areas! We were then guided around the city, stopping at popular tourist sites such as Paul’s Kirche and the old town square. The students were let loose to explore of their own will, and we managed to fit in some shopping!
On the Thursday, students went to school with their partner. It was really interesting to see how the German schools worked, even if we didn’t understand much! We then had a reception with the Mayor at the Rathaus, which was a very pleasant experience. In the evening, there was a get together with the host families. Some students even made food for the buffet! It was a fun and food filled evening enjoyed by all!
Friday was a trip to Heidelberg, unfortunately this was the rainy day! All the students got a trip around the castle, then we were free to explore the picturesque town and winding side streets. The sun did shine for a short time, at which point we were all sunbathing!
The weekend held many different activities, from a day out at Kletternwald that was full of climbing, to a shopping spree in Frankfurt. The Sunday was mother’s day in Germany, so some lucky students got to meet more family members!
On Monday, the final trip was a visit to Wiesbaden, which included Freudenberg castle. It was more of a large home that was a completely hands-on museum, including the DunkelBar. This was a pitch black bar, nothing could be seen at all. It was a very surreal experience! Wiesbaden had yet more shops and there were plenty of ice creams to be had.
The airport farewell on Tuesday was quite tearful, with many promises of keeping in touch and return visits. All in all, the trip was a great cultural experience, and I’m sure any student asked will tell you they would do it again in a heartbeat.