Five girls from our senior high school and one girl from ninth grade German readers and two teachers made a trip to Germany in April 7th -11th. I was also one of the girls who travelled to Germany. F.E. Sillanpää´s senior high school has a partner school in Torgau and we were heading there. Our trip lasted only five days, but in those five days we saw a lot and experienced even more. We were staying in host families, which made the trip even more exciting. I´m going to tell you about our trip so that you can also experience a piece of that what we did.
We, the Finns, by the river Elbe in Torgau
Monday Monday was the day when we left. Our bus left at nine o´clock in the morning from Tampere to Helsinki. Me, Sanni, Anna, Roosa, Karoliina, Petunia and our two teacher,s Terhi and Johanna, met at the bus station, bought the tickets and jumped into the bus. We were all very excited, but also very nervous about how can we speak German. Many flipped through their German dictionaries, revised useful words and went throw their luggage in their mind. Do I have the passport, money, camera…
Our airplane left at about two o´clock so after the security things we had a little time to eat something or just walk around the airport. The flight was very short and before we even noticed we were in Berlin. We had a little time in Berlin so we took our luggage into storage and took a subway to Unter den Linden street where we saw the Brandenburg Tor. The weather was amazing and the Brandenburg Tor was enormous and very impressive. But after seeing that we noticed we had to go back and pick up our luggage and head to Torgau. We arrived in Torgau a little after eight in the evening and were quite exhausted. But it was amazing to meet our host families who were waiting for us in the station. We were divided up and everyone left the station with their own host families.
The Brandenburg Tor
We met in school in Torgau. We were happy to see each other because it was nice to speak some Finnish after speaking German with host families. Everyone told about their host families and it was really clear that everyone had a nice family and was excited about that. There was a small tour around the school and after that we had some breakfast in school. We Finns talked together about how things were so different there than in Finland. For example the breakfast included only white bread and some honey, Nutella or marmalade. That was quite new for us.
We also visited the school´s little Zoo and ate some lunch in school. Then we left for a little tour in Torgau. We saw for example Torgau`s castle Hartenfels and church St. Marin. Torgau was a really beautiful and old city, which had a lot of beautiful buildings. It was also very green and springlike in Germany. Nature was very beautiful, because flowers and apple trees were blooming. After walking around Torgau we spent the evening in our host families.
Wednesday On Wednesday we visited Leipzig. First we went to Leipzig Zoo and after that we just walked around the city and had a bit time to shop in there. Leipzig Zoo was amazing. It was huge and there were a lot of different kinds of exotic animals. Leipzig itself was a very beautiful city and we had an opportunity to visit a couple of churches there. The churches were both very ornamental and massive. After Leipzig we returned to Torgau to our host families. The rest of the evening we spent in our host families.
In the evening we all went bowling and had some dinner together. That was our last evening in Germany.
Friday It was time to pack our luggage and say goodbyes to Germany and the host families. We left Torgau behind us and hoped that we will return there some day. Before we had to go to the airport we had a little time in Berlin. Perfect time for a sightseeing tour. We drove around Berlin and saw the most important sights, for example Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall and Berlin cathedral.
After that we had to say the last goodbyes to our German friends and leave for the airport. We arrived in rainy Finland with cameras full of pictures, German words spinning in our heads, luggage full of souvenirs and head stuffed with amazing experiences and memories.
Written by Miranda 1B