It is always a pleasure to visit Brighton. The last few groups of students I have taken there said it reminded them of San Fransisco. It’s a beach town on the South coast of the UK, south of London.
As soon as we arrived, we had about 50 minutes before we would visit the Royal Pavilion – Brighton’s most iconic building. It’s the palace of King George IV. It has a unique design, with an India-inspired exterior, and a Chinese theme to the decor inside.
With the 50 minutes we had before entering the Pavilion, we thought it would be a good idea to eat straight away and have more free time in the afternoon. Unfortunately, while Harry Ramsdon’s claims to have the best fish and chips (and they are very good), they don’t have the best service. After the 50 minutes were up, the boys were finally getting their food. We decided to have a staggered entry to the Pavilion while they finished their meal. All in all, it went very well.
After the Pavilion, most students went shopping or to the famous Brighton Pier. There are many great shops in Brighton, ranging from the usual high street stores to more local artisanal shops lining the streets of North Laine. At the Pier, there are arcades, gift shops, donuts, and a small theme park. Because of high winds, some of the more exciting rides weren’t running. Even so, students had a great time and could have easily spent another few hours there.
Free time Sunday
On Sunday, students had free time to explore Cambridge. From what I hear, most of them used this time to go shopping and buy souvenirs. I wish the weather could have been better for them, but it sounds like everyone got what they needed.
Monday and Tuesday were the last two days of Bell lessons. On the final day, we had a little graduation celebration. Luckily, the weather cleared up just enough for us to step outside for some final photos. Afterward, students joined the Bell activity – design your own tote bag. That evening, it was time to pack.
The next morning, the minibus showed up at 3:45 am! But everyone was packed and ready. Nobody was ready for the trip to come to an end, though. A 14-hour flight back to Japan followed. I’m sure everyone is suffering from Jet lag now, but there is plenty of time to recover before school starts back.
All in all, a great experience!