We started the day early and headed on the coach to the small town of Bischwiller, just outside of Strasbourg. We headed to Lycée Jean Maurois, a secondary school linked with Glasgow City Council.
When we arrived, we had a lovely little reception waiting for us with cakes, coffee and tea. We had taken shortbread and Irn Bru for the French students to try too. We got chatting and began to make some new friends.
At the interval, we performed the Gay Gordons with the French students, teaching them all about the Scottish ceilidh dance and performing in front of all the school’s pupils.
Then we got to work on our Strasbourg challenge. We had prepared questions on our themes – Strasbourg, une ville européenne, Strasbourg, une ville touristique, Strasbourg, une ville gastronome, Strasbourg, une ville historique and Strasbourg, une ville multiculturelle. We used the iPads to film our interviews and got some great information from the French students.
The French students had some questions for us too. They wanted to know all about Scotland and had prepared some interview questions for us in English.
Then we headed off to experience a French class. We were in Spanish classes, English classes, geography classes or even philosophy classes. It was really interesting to see how different school is here.
Then we had a traditional Alsace meal of choucroute in the school canteen. The school made this lunch especially for us and it was great to try something traditional from the area. We had lunch with the French students and exchanged numbers and email addresses. Some of them will hopefully join us at our ceilidh on Thursday night at the hostel too! It wasn’t goodbye, it was ‘au revoir’.
Then we headed into the town centre of Strasbourg to finish our documentaries. Everyone took the challenge very seriously! Shooting on location, we interviewed bakeries, restaurants and even spoke to the guides in the tourist information centre. We also had to get as many subjunctives as possible into our films and we got very creative! Our finished documentaries look amazing and we’ll be showing them to one another tomorrow night.
We also had some free time to do some final souvenir shopping and have a last chance to look around the city. The Christmas markets are so beautiful!
This evening, after some Euroscola preparation, we headed to a little bar for our quiz night. With rounds on geography, movies and even our teachers, it was challenging and lots of fun!
Now we have headed to bed early as we will be up bright and early tomorrow for our Euroscola day. We all feel prepared and can’t wait for the trip’s main event. À demain! ¡Hasta mañana!