Some Schnitzel and our Sondage

‘Bonjour’ or maybe we should say ‘guten Tag’! Today was once again a very exciting day in Strasbourg… and Kehl!

We started the day with some preparation for the Euroscola day. We worked in our topic groups and discussed the feedback we got from others the night before. We were also given our ‘sondage’, our street survey, to practise and create our own questions which we would later ask to the citizens of Strasbourg.

In the morning we went over the “Pont de l’Europe” and went to Kehl, a city in Germany. Kehl is located just over the border so it was so easy to get there and we took the tram all the way from Strasbourg’s city centre. Thomas taught us about the French and German history of the region and some basic words in German to help us order lunch. Many of us had Schnitzel for lunch along with other German specialities. ‘Ich möchte ein Schnitzel bitte’.

We then walked back over the pedestrian bridge, ‘la passerelle des deux rives’, to France. Of course, we stopped in the middle with one foot in France and one foot in Germany. It was cool to be in two different countries, which have two different languages at the same time!

Then it was time to get back to Strasbourg for our street survey, our ‘sondage’. Our teachers took us to two of Strasbourg’s busiest squares to speak to the locals. Our questions were about Scotland and Europe and there were certainly some interesting answers! Someone thought that Scotland was in the Mediterranean, that Dublin was our country’s capital and we are infamous in Strasbourg for our ginger hair, whisky, bagpipes and of course, the rain.

We then had some free time to buy souvenirs and then headed back to the hotel to discuss our survey answers and share what we found out with the others.

After dinner, we took a long walk to “la Petite France”, the old part of the city which is a UNESCO world heritage sight. Thomas told us lots of more information about the area with some of his ‘fun facts’.

Again, we are all exhausted after a day full of languages, politics and great food. Le marchand de sable va bientôt passer, bonne nuit tout le monde!

 

Swapping Haribo and visiting the Council of Europe

This morning we woke up and had breakfast. The smell of fresh bread and croissants was a delight!

We then met at 9 for some more French team building. In groups of two we came up with our own sketch where we met 20 years in the future. Afterwards, and in preparation for our visit this afternoon to the Council of Europe, we first learned some key information about the Council and its importance for Europe. Afterwards we sat together and came up with possible questions in French we could ask our tour guide.

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Our Euroscola Day

This morning was an early 6am start as we were headed to the parliament. We all looked very smart and ready to be MEPs for the day. We went to the parliament on the coach and then arrived with plenty of time to pass through security.

We were welcomed at the parliament by the ‘animatrices’ and then headed off for coffee and pastries with our fellow students from across Europe. We got the chance to have an informal chat before we headed to the hemicycle.

Beth and Blair presented our group to the other schools and told them a little about our time so far in Strasbourg. They did an amazing job and presented completely in French.

It was then time to pose our questions to a Spanish MEP. What an opportunity! Rowan asked a question about climate change in French. Amazing!

It was then time to head off to lunch and do our Eurogame where we had to team up with young people from other countries to form multilingual European teams of 4. The question were challenging, and even harder because they were in over 17 languages!

Then we went into our discussion groups. We had already researched and prepared our French, Spanish and Italian vocabulary for the different topics and we were ready to go. The discussions were really interesting and it was great to hear different opinions from many countries across Europe.

When we all returned to the hemicycle, we heard from the ‘presidents’ and the ‘reporters’ in each group. They reported back what was discussed in each group and we got to vote on the final proposals.

It was then time for the Eurogame finals. Kyla was one of the finalists and got changed into her lovely blue hoodie and skip cap. Unfortunately she didn’t win but we are super proud of her for making it so far!

It was an exhausting, but amazing day in the parliament and we were ready to head back to the hostel for some time to relax and have dinner.

Them we ceilidhed! We were even joined by some of the French teachers from our school visit yesterday. It was great to celebrate our achievements over the past few days and enjoy ourselves while sharing some Scottish culture.

To finish off, we watched the photos from the week!

It’s been an amazing trip to Strasbourg and we are ready to begin the long journey back home on the coach. À demain!