Street Surveys and the Council of Europe

We started our morning with the preparation for our ‘sondage’. We practised our questions and created our own question, ready to head out to the streets of Strasbourg and speak to people about their opinions on Scotland, Europe and the EU.

In our groups of two or three, we headed into the city to the Christmas markets to find people who were happy to answer our questions. The streets were busy and the pupils even managed to find Spaniards to interview! We braved the weather and were really impressed by everyone’s confidence. It was really interesting to hear what people think.

We then had some free time to look around the markets, do some souvenir shopping and try some of the regional festive foods. It was a lovely cultural experience.

This afternoon we visited the Council of Europe, a European Institution based in Strasbourg that we will still be part of after Brexit. We had a guided tour, were shown a presentation on what the role of the council is and we had a question and answer session with our tour guide. It was really interesting and made it clearer what the role of the European parliament is for our visit on Thursday.

Then we headed back to the hostel and prepared for tomorrow’s Strasbourg challenge. We’ll be working with the pupils at the French school to create our own mini documentaries.

After a delicious French dinner, it was time to head out to visit la Petite France – the old quarters of Strasbourg known for its stunning buildings. Thomas and Nelly gave us a tour and told us the history of the region. We even did the Gay Gordons on ‘les ponts couverts’ in preparation for tomorrow’s school visit.

Then it was time to head to a local French bar, owned by a friend of one of our accompanying teachers, Ishbel. She befriended the owner when she spent a year abroad in Strasbourg. It was cool to see how international friendships can be formed during university and last a lifetime!

We are now back at the hostel and in bed, ready for an early start and another busy day tomorrow!

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