Early Saturday morning, we all left sunny England and 12 hours later we arrived back in Japan to be greeted by some cold and rainy weather. Everyone got back safely, though, and had a wonderful time away. At the end of two weeks, it always feels like such a short time.
In the second week, everyone was staying in a homestay and experiencing life with their hosts. Everyone had more freedom in the second week to choose how they spent their evenings after studying at Bell. Everyone either spent time playing out in the Bell grounds, headed into town for some shopping, or headed back to their homestays to spend time with the family (and pets).
On the final Friday, there was a short certificate ceremony in the break, then at lunch, we went into town for some afternoon punting. The weather was perfect. It was a warm, sunny day, with only a light breeze. The river was busy with many punts and filled with stories from the university’s past. It was so relaxing that some students fell asleep, but luckily, nobody fell in the water.
On Friday evening, everyone had to get packed because the taxis would start picking everyone up at 5:30 the following morning. There were a couple of students that found the early start a challenge, but we got to the airport in plenty of time. We had a relatively smooth check in, then it was time to board the plane home.
I hope everyone really treasures the experiences they had in Cambridge. At the end of the two weeks, all of the Bell teachers were saying how much more confident our students had become. Of course, the most fun you can have when learning a second language is to actually use it to communicate with people from around the world. There were plenty of opportunities to do this and I hope everyone manages to keep in touch with their new friends and keep the experience going.
Thank you to all the students for your hard work over the last two weeks. And thank you to parents, too, for making the trip possible for them. I look forward to meeting up with everyone again in April.