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Year 9 Trip to Düsseldorf

In February fifteen Year 9 intrepid GCSE German students headed for unknown parts in western Germany; Düsseldorf to be precise. 


Why? To experience the German tradition of Karneval, that’s why. Karneval as in Rio? No, not quite on that scale, but it does involve a lot of fancy dress, singing and dancing in the street and generally just having a good time. Our students took all of this in their stride. 

     The fun started on the journey being directed to another airport away from our destination due to a fault with the plane. Nevertheless, we made it to Cologne to take a trip on a double decker train to Düsseldorf and arrived at the hostel tired, hungry and ready for adventure. German McDonalds! Much better than ours! Schokoladenkuchen – lecker!!

     The weekend was spent sightseeing and being involved with the festivities. Some students bought face masks to blend in with the locals for the Sunday processions. Very scary indeed! Others joined in with the dancing, ate Bratwurst, went on the posh Big Wheel. The evening was rounded off with a great meal in a restaurant. Unfortunately for us bad weather hit on Rosenmontag and the Karneval processions across the country were either cancelled or limited. We were lucky and saw a few floats, but we made up for it with more Bratwurst, ice cream and sweets, of course. Good speaking practice!