The Way Home
On Saturday morning, everyone collected everything from their homestays and got taxis to Bell school. From Bell, we took a bus to Heathrow airport.
I’d like to say that everything went smoothly, but there were a couple of issues. However, we all got to Bell on time, everything was loaded into the bus, and we were off to the airport.
Arriving at the airport, we were met by an agent who guided us to the check-in counter. All the students got checked in and through security safely. We had little time before we had to be at our gate, so everyone ran off for some quick final shopping before we got on the plane. After a short delay, we were off.
Unfortunately, we did have to leave Adachi-sensei behind. Hopefully, she’ll be on another flight soon, but all the students and I got on the plane, and we made our way back to Japan.
This year, it was a great trip, with some interesting extras. Students didn’t only get to practice English, they also got a few lessons in being adaptable and flexible when things don’t go as planned. Very important life lessons.
Well done and thank you to everyone who joined this trip! I hope you cherish this experience for a long time.
Brighton – A Day at the Beach
For the final full day in England, we got to enjoy a day at the beach.
To get to Brighton, we took a mini-bus from Bell school. Everyone made their way to school a little earlier than usual. This time, no taxis – just walking or taking the bus.
Once we arrived in Brighton, we went to the Royal Pavilion. This was a residence of King George IV. He was an interesting king who loved many things from around the world, but especially China and India. This can be seen throughout the decoration of the building. The outside features Indian design, and on the inside, there are Chinese characters, antiques, and dragons, everywhere. It’s a unique building that you have to see if you visit Brighton.
After the Pavilion, everyone went off to eat lunch and to explore Brighton Pier or go shopping. In Brighton, there are many bright and colourful shops and homes and it has both a relaxed and a lively feel with unique and interesting places to explore.
Before going home, we had a quick walk around the UK’s oldest aquarium. It’s not very big, but it’s interesting, with a good variety of sea life to enjoy and some important messages about protecting our oceans.
We arrived back in Cambridge at around 7:30pm and students had their final night in their homestays. On Saturday morning, if all goes well, we will be on the plane home. Will everything go to plan…?