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Durante los días 13 al 19 del pasado mes de marzo, un grupo de alumnos de cuarto curso de la ESO, acompañados por dos profesoras del Departamento de Inglés, Asunción Domínguez y Rosa Villar, realizaron un breve pero intenso viaje cultural a Dublín como final de etapa educativa.

El alojamiento en familias les permitió conocer hábitos y costumbres de los ciudadanos, la asistencia a clases de inglés en un centro de estudios por las mañanas supuso un refuerzo y ampliación en el aprendizaje de la lengua, y finalmente las excursiones de las tardes les pusieron en contacto directo con el arte, la historia y el día a día de la ciudad.

A continuación podemos leer las impresiones que nos han escrito los alumnos sobre el viaje. En inglés...


Our trip started on March 13, at 6a.m., when a coach picked us up at school to take us to A.S. Barajas airport.  All the students were very excited; for some people it was the first time they traveled by plane or they went abroad, so the atmosphere was of a mixture between enthusiasm and nervousness.  At 10.30 we took a plane to Dublin that lasted about two hours and a half. Once there, a guide was waiting for us. We were taken by bus to a meeting point and introduced to our host families who drove us to our “homes for a week”.(Laura)

FAMILIES

They were our first contact with that culture, and we must say all of them were fantastic and considerate to us; all of us say we spent a great time with them.

Apart from having us with them, they prepared our meals during that week. Their food was different from the Spanish; for example, we eat our meals with bread and they eat them with potatoes. Traditionally they cook with butter instead of olive oil like us, and they use vegetables we had never tasted before. Some of us didn’t like the food and went to places like McDonald’s, but others thought it was delicious.

Their mealtimes are different, and adapting to them was a bit hard for us, but we lived an experience we’ll never forget. (Amanda&Nerea)

SCHOOL

Our lessons began at 9 a.m. and ended in the afternoon at 1 o’clock.

We all liked our English lessons at Malvern House because the teachers made them easy. We learned through different ways and exercises with new vocabulary. We also learned special Irish words!

Our teachers were always very friendly, making us talking to them or to our classmates all the time, so we spoke a lot.

We have also learned a bit about Ireland’s history; for example this year they commemorate the centenary of “The Easter Rising”. The teachers told us about some Irish myths and legends too, so the lessons were very cool and we enjoyed learning


AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

After our lessons we had lunch at school, and then we met our guides who took us on different excursions each day. We had two wonderful guides; Tom and James.

On Monday James took us round the city center; we saw Molly Malone Statue, the Castle, St Stephen’s Green Park, the Temple Bar, and ended at Trinity College where we visited a very big library with more than 200,000 books, being The Book of Kells probably the most famous one. This library keeps one copy of every book published in Ireland and the U.K. It also holds The Brian Boru harp, a national symbol of Ireland.


On Tuesday Tom took us to Malahide Castle by bus. The trip there was a bit tiring, but it was worth the effort. The castle belonged to one of the oldest (and wealthiest) families in Ireland, and, of course had its ghosts (exactly three). Its owners were very keen on gardening so we could see and walk along wonderful gardens and lakes with exotic plants growing in glasshouses. We could take great photos as it was sunny, and had a lot of fun with Tom.


On Wednesday it was Tom again who took us to Howth, a small fishing village near Dublin. This time we took the train, faster and less tiring.

We went to a beautiful beach, then to the port with some ships and amazing views. There are also seals around there, but we could see only one swimming because they are very shy. Then we had some fresh and delicious fish’n’chips at a typical and small place overlooking the coast.

Finally we took the train back to our houses. (Ana & Elena)


Thursday 17th, St Patrick’s Day!

It was THE DAY. We had heard so much about this celebration everywhere that we were very excited.

The buses didn’t have their normal timetable or stops, because the city center was cut to traffic, which was a bit of a trouble for us. But, in spite of all that, we all managed to meet our guide James at 9 o’clock in the morning in front of the school (of course, we didn’t have school as it was their national holiday!)This time we walked to The Guinness Storehouse. It was amazing! the storehouse has the shape of a pint of beer. In it you could see how the beer is made. There was also one floor where all the Guiness publicity over the years was displayed. On the top floor there was an awesome pub from where you could see the whole city. Adults could taste the beer, but we weren’t allowed.

After the visit we went to a place where we could see the parade (near  Christ’s church). The streets were crowded with people, most of them wearing green clothes. There were Irish flags everywhere. The parade took about two hours, and it was great. After that we visited the natural science museum and then we went to a funfair at St Stephen’s Green where some of us rode on some or other attraction.

On the way to the bus we could see many people in the streets and coming into or going out of pubs, everyone celebrating the holiday.



Our Friday in Dublin was a little sad, because we knew on the following day we would be coming back to Spain, so it was like our last day there.

In the morning we had our last lesson at Malvern house, thanked and said goodbye to our teachers…it was so emotional!

We had lunch like every day at school, and then we visited the Dublinia museum, a very interesting place where you can learn about the Viking influence in Dublin in Mediaeval times. Later we had two hours of free time to do whatever we wanted, so we did as much as we could. We split in smaller groups, so I don’t know what the others did. I went to a café with my group and then we saw the Spire.

At about 5p.m. the whole group joined again at Malvern house to learn some traditional Irish songs and dances. It was great fun!

Then we took the buses to our homes to pack our luggage. (Victor).


PEOPLE IN DUBLIN

 My first impression was that the people were shy. They are actually very friendly, and if you get lost they help you find your place, some even take you there. I found the atmosphere very familiar. We found many Spaniards there.(Xenia)

SHOPPING

If you are a tourist you’ll probably want to buy many souvenirs for your family and friends.

The most important streets for doing so in Dublin are Grafton Street or St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre ( south of the river), or you can also go to Henry Street, O’Connell Street or the Temple Bar ( north of the river).

The most popular chain shop for souvenirs is Carrol’s; you find them everywhere.

The shops open at 9a.m. and close at 6p.m., but on Thursdays the timetable is longer. You won’t have any problems because there are a lot of shops that close at 8, 9p.m. or even later (Arturo).

 

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