Travelling and arriving in beautiful Strasbourg

Our journey down to Strasbourg was certainly long but we made sure we had lots of fun along the way with films, plenty of stops and even some foreign language presentations. It was a good chance for us to get to know one another better.

When we arrived at our hostel in the city at 3 o’clock we were all relieved to have somewhere to have a shower and rest our heads. We were shown to our rooms and given a chance to unwind.

Before dinner, we had a team-building activity. We had to create sketches in our foreign languages where we imagined we met one another 20 years in the future. There were lots of funny situations including an astronaut, 14 children, heart surgery and even marrying a French actor. Everybody’s language and acting skills were absolutely fantastic.

Afterwards we headed for our buffet. There was a huge choice tonight and everyone found something they liked to eat. The food in France never disappoints.

Then we headed out to see the beautiful city of Strasbourg by night. Thomas and Nelly told us lots of facts as we went on our walking tour – the upside down trees, the site where the French national anthem was first sung and of course, the stunning cathedral. It was a great chance to see the city and we can’t wait to see it tomorrow in the daylight too.

Now everyone has headed off to their rooms. Tonight’s comfortable beds will be a huge step up from our journey on the bus last night! We are all looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

Just as a reminder: Thomas’ number is +447471019801. Feel free to get in touch in the case of an emergency.

À demain! ¡Hasta mañana! Bis morgen!

Language Quest in a Storm

Unfortunately for us, storm Ali hit Lapwing Lodge today so many of our activities were indoors. We didn’t let that stop our fun though!

We started the day with waffles for breakfast and another great warm-up from Ben. Then we headed to our morning language projects. There was amazing French celebrity film-making, outstanding comic creation and cookery once again. We had lots of fun and learned lots.

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Adventures in the Rain

We started our day with some delicious croissants for breakfast and then Ben led our morning warm-up to make sure we were all ready to learn. There was lots of stretching and even a little bit of salsa!

Then we had our morning language projects. One group, with Nelly and Ben were learning about superheroes and created beautiful comics. Kara’s group were learning about foods in Spanish and baked delicious Argentinian biscuits called ‘alfajores’. Charlotte’s group wrote a script for a brilliant celebrity chat show.

After lunch, it was time for adventure. We had three activities and rotated around high ropes, archery and survival skills. Everyone tried really hard and pushed themselves out of their comfort zones. The mentors were super impressed!

After some Mexican fajitas for dinner, we had some free-time and then prepared for Master Chef. We started with a blind taste test. One member of our group had to guess what the food from France or Spain was. There was everything from brie to Spanish chorizo.

Then we had our invention test. Our groups had to use the ingredients on the tray to create two courses for our fantastic judges – Mrs Clarkson and Miss Blaikie. We worked really well as teams!

 

We presented our dishes in French and learned all the words for our ingredients!

The judges tried our dishes and gave us feedback. They were really impressed! The winning group will receive their prizes on Thursday!

Now we’re all in bed and ready for another exciting day tomorrow! We’re hoping that the weather forecast looks better in the morning.