Kursfahrt E-LK Sö nach Dublin

A report by Simon Horn, Arbaaz Khan, Samuel Luteke-Lululoka & Mipu Sheikh.

On Monday, 1st October, we went sight-seeing in Dublin starting with Christ Church cathedral and its museum, which was near our hostel. Walking through Dublin, we spotted buildings from the Gregorian age before we reached Ireland´s famous Trinity College. When strolling down the streets along the river Liffey in the windy weather, we saw small shops which we could discover by ourselves in the afternoon.

Tuesday was even more beautiful as we took the train to the penninsular of Howth, right on Dublin´s north coast, where we enjoyed a hike in the plain sunshine, which made us forget the wind and some unsuitable shoes. The scenery including the view of the sea were amazing. The way back went through a posh area with lovely houses and finally to the little harbour of Howth.

On Wednesday, our class went on a coach trip through Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough, and finally we did a guided tour in Kilkenny. We had to get up early in the morning as the ride was long. After a short break, our guide led us to one of the two lakes, which mark this extraordinary landscape. We were lucky to have a really nice guide, who was friendly, funny and full of energy explaining to us all about Ireland, Dublin, the most important spots in the park, the old monastic sights and the graveyard. When he told us that our wishes would come true if we managed to embrace a particular column, so that our fingers would touch on the other side, some of us tried - successfully! In the small town of Kilkenny we saw the castle, the church and the medieval part of the city. In the evening, after dinner, we celebrated Beverly´s birthday in a karaoke bar. Even though we are not all perfect singers, we didn´t care, but had a lot of fun.

On Thursday, our class visited the all-boys Salesian College on the outskirts of Dublin. After we were welcomed with some drinks and a snack, two Irish students guided a small group of our students through the school. Then we all got together again in an assembly hall, where we paired up, so that two Irish students could talk to two Germans for about five to ten minutes, before the partners changed. The conversations started in German because the Irish boys had prepared some questions, later the groups discussed all sorts of things in English. Finally we went out and played soccer against them: They won the match. The reason for the inequality of the two teams was not our girls, who fought hard, but our shoes!