Stage linguistico 2012: Shipwrecked in green Ireland
Sunday, 25th November 2012
Our plane lands at 12.10 in Dublin, and after a quick ride by bus ta-dàààà, finally we are in Bray… What a beautiful sight over the Irish Sea!
Half frozen, we wait for our host families in front of the school… fortunately they come soon, and after the greetings they drive us to our new houses. Our host parents are really nice, we spend a warm afternoon talking with them and sipping hot tea under the blankets!
Monday, 26th November 2012
Waking up in the morning is always quite difficult, but here in Ireland it is even worse!
It was so warm under the blankets that we wished we could stay in bed forever… but here we are, with scarves and hats, going to school!
The lessons begin at 9 o’clock and end at 12.20, every day we have two teachers and we are split into three different groups. Ben, Colette and Jo are the teachers: they’re all very friendly and they make us practice for our FCE exam or they explain something about Dublin’s monuments and Irish traditions.
After the packed-lunch we take the Dart, a kind of light train, to Dublin, where we visit the south-side of the City with our teachers Mrs. Ciceroni, Mrs. Palla and Mrs. Riva and two guides.
In Trinity College we admire the ancient Book of Kells and the Long Room, the biggest library we’ve ever seen… and well, even some handsome Irish students! We also see the Bank of Ireland and Temple bar, one of the most popular districts in Dublin.
Tuesday, 27th November 2012
We enjoy a visit to Number 29, the Georgian House (In Dublin’s fair city where the girls are so pretty… this is the song Molly Malone, the unofficial anthem of Dublin!), we learn something about Ireland’s history in the National Museum and we also see the house where Oscar Wilde was born and his statue in the park in Merrion Square.
Wednesday, 28th November 2012
Today north-side of Dublin!
We walk along O’Connell Street, the most important street in the city, and see the G.P.O. (General Post Office), the Spire, which is a sculpture 121 metre high, and the statue of James Joyce.
Then we visit the Hugh Lane Gallery, which contains colourful paintings by famous impressionists, pieces of abstract art and, most importantly, some paintings by Francis Bacon and his studio.
Francis Bacon was born in Dublin and lived in London in the last century. He is a famous figurative artist and painted abstract subjects. The studio in which he used to work in London has been moved to the Hugh Lane Gallery, where we can see it as it really was… even the dust was packed and moved with the other objects!
Next to the Hugh Lane Gallery there is the Writers Museum, where we listen and read something about the most important Irish writers.
Thursday, 29th November 2012
Quick visit to City Hall, Christ Church Cathedral and its crypt, where we’re able to see the mummies of a cat and a mouse, “Tom & Jerry”, and some Tudor dresses, and finally we arrive at the Guinness Storehouse! That’s the “home of the Guinness” and it has the shape of a big pint of beer! Here we learn how beer is made and from the top of the building, the Gravity Bar, we enjoy a magnificent 360° view of the city.
Friday, 30th November 2012
“It’s Friday! And what sound are we going to do this afternoon?” asks Ben.
The schwa (/ə/) sound! We laugh, even if this is our last day in Ireland. The schwa is the most common sound in English, and Ben says that’s the kind of sound English students do on Friday afternoon, when they lay exhausted on their sofa after a hard week of school.
Anyway, we go to Malahide Castle, an ancient castle with beautiful gardens, which is still haunted by the ghost of one of the owners of the land, a member of the Talbot family.
Quick packing and the last dinner with the family (…the time has really gone too quickly!!), and then… it’s time to daaance! This evening we have a lot of fun learning traditional Celtic dances… it’s quite exhausting, but fortunately we have a tea-and-scone break, and we’re ready to dance again!
Saturday, 1st December 2012
6 o’clock in the morning, it’s very dark and freezing outside but we’re all in front of the school with our luggage, saying goodbye to our sweet host families and to Bray… we wish we could stay here another week!!
Goodbye Ireland, we’ve had a wonderful time…. hope to see you soon!