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A journey between crowns and whiskey


Have you ever heard of Scotland’s most beautiful city? It’s a place, where the streets are always clean and where people are friendly and in a good mood, although the weather is rainy nearly 80% of the year. The city is called Edinburgh and is the big lovely capital of Scotland. It is important not to confound this town with Glasgow, which is located just a few miles away. People wouldn’t be that kind any more if you made that mistake.

Luckily, we had the privilege of starting our current school year with a trip to this beautiful place. The language week lasted seven days and was organised by two of our teachers, Mr. Hoffelner and Mrs. Birgmann. As a former tourist guide, Mr. Hoffelner dealt with a big part of the planning and at this point it has to be said that his experience has really paid off. In many cases he knew even more than the native guides.

Our programme was quite packed, so just reporting about the highlights will be more than enough. The most exciting ones were the visit of Edinburgh Castle, the “3-Bridges-Tour“ and the “Ghost and Witchery Tour“ which took place in the old town of the city. Obviously, the visit of the bridges was the most exciting part because we could calculate the maximum forces applied on the bridge; just joking, of course we didn’t do that, but we might start with it in our next lesson with Mr. Zwetzbacher. Of course, we will have lots of fun with it.

Definitely worth a mention is the visit of Edinburgh Castle. It’s a quite important memorial in the centre of the city and gives you a fantastic view of the whole city. You also have the opportunity to take part in some guided tours where you can find out more about the historical background. One interesting detail is the big gun at the castle which gets fired every day at one o’clock.  It was established in 1861 as a time signal for ships in the harbour, but the naming was very unimaginative, as it is just called the “One O’Clock Gun“.

To sum it all up, it was a nice and successful start of our last school year. So, if you are planning your next holidays and you like sightseeing, Edinburgh is definitely worth a visit.