From 10th to 17th of March, the class 3°E of Liceo Copernico spent a wonderful week in London to visit the capital of England while improving our level of English. If we had ever dreamt of a relaxing journey, the flight to London immediately brought us back to reality: the plane started to sway like a boat because of the strong winds and the pilot had to fly back up in the air when we first tried to land, which led to a second (but successful) approach. It was quite scaring, especially for the ones who were flying for the first time, but we could touch down ultimately, and safely!
After dropping the luggage, we took the Tube to the Globe Theatre, where a lively and well-prepared guide explained us Shakespeare’s life and gave us many details about the plays during the Renaissance in London. We went to the Milner School of English to attend lessons in the morning from Monday to Friday, for about three hours a day, which were really useful to our preparation for FCE or CAE exams: as well as strengthening our grammar skills, the teachers of our course gave us the chance to do a lot of speaking activity, resulting in pleasant conversations about the differences between England and Italy, something we don’t usually do in class in Italy. During the afternoon we visited the main attractions of the city: we went up to the Whispering Gallery at the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, we followed a two-hour-guided tour of Westminster Abbey and we admired masterpieces of the history of art at the National Gallery, British Museum, Tate Modern, Museum of London, Natural History Museum, Imperial War, Maritime and Science Museum at Greenwich. We also took the shopping aspect of the city into account, wandering through the frenzy Oxford and Regent Street and going to Harrods to breathe the air of a real Londoner in Brompton Road. Just before dinner, we came back home: we were divided in little groups of two or three people in a British host family. Our host parents were extremely kind and keen on knowing something new about us, so we could talk to them during the dinner, which we found challenging and exciting. Everybody left a piece of their heart in London, because it is such an interesting city that we did not have the time to see every attraction, and everyone would love to come back to London one day. Because, as Samuel Johnson said: "Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." We have to thank the two teachers who accompanied and organised all the activities for us, Prof.re Grison and Prof.ssa Rigo, because they allowed us to live such a unique and unforgettable experience. Class 3°E