Last summer Maya spent two weeks in Winchester to improve her English skills – but of course a journey with IP is not just about language learning but also about making new experiences, broadening your horizon and finding new friends! In an excerpt of her travel diary Maya tells you more about Winchester, the English lessons and her trip to London…
Tuesday – Impressing Winchester Cathedral
Different kind of lessons than in school
During the first two lessons of the day we were supposed to prepare short presentations about our hometowns and countries. And our teacher in the third lesson gave us helpful advices which people we should talk to to improve our pronunciation.
“A big wow factor”
In the first real lesson of Summer College we visited the impressive Winchester Cathedral which definitely has a big wow factor. Firstly we joined a guided group but then we were allowed to experience the cathedral on our own.
Making our way through the nave we found the gravestones of many famous people in the ground. Also the popular Jane Austen is buried there.
Of course we sneaked a peak into the crypt, unfortunately we were not able to walk through it because it was slippery from the last shower. Finally we visited the souvenir shop and walked back to the university.
Saturday – Trip to London
Let’s visit the capital!
Today right after breakfast we our trip to London started!
Shortly before we arrived in London we were driven to Heathrow and I was incredibly impressed because I have never set my feet in a plane and so also not an airport.
All of the participants were divided in groups with one supervisor to go on a London sightseeing tour. We visited the Houses of Parliament, Westminster and also Big Ben. Afterwards we had lunch in St. James’s Park. After the meal we all danced the IP Dance together and made our way to Buckingham Palace.
Finally we were brought to Trafalgar Square and still had an hour of free time. So two other girls and me visited several shops like Superdry, Calvin Klein and Victoria’s Secret. And of course the obligatory Starbucks drink was not missing!
After our free time was over we headed back to the meeting point at Trafalgar Square and walked together through the crowded London to the coach that would bring us back to Winchester.