di Alice Montagner, II B Classico
At the beginning of February I spent a week in Wimbledon, a well-known Londonʼs district.
It was a trip organized by our school to give us the opportunity to improve our English abroad. We were a group of 30 people and we were hosted in families in groups of two or three.
We visited a lot of monuments, buildings and historical places. We did sightseeing everyday, for example, we saw a matinee musical, named Matilda, in Convent Garden and it was an unforgettable experience. We also went inside Westminster Abbey, an exquisite Gothic abbey church. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs.
Our typical day started with lessons in the morning, then we could have our packed lunch or have something else to eat where we wanted. The lessons were pleasant because of interesting speaking activities and also the teachers were entertaining and funny!
As far as the food was concerned, I cannot say it was delicious. English people do not love spending time on cooking. We ate frozen dishes for dinner and I really missed Italian cuisine! My host family was really kind, funny and I felt at home but we didn’t spend a lot of time together, because we just had dinner with them.
I feel in love with London, also, because people are very open-minded! One day I would like to go back there and spend time doing shopping in Soho, where there are the best record shops of the city!
I think that one of the most enjoyable things was when, the first day, we went to Trafalgar Square, the largest square in London. In the middle of the square stands a tall column honoring admiral Nelson, in fact the square’s name commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British Naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars. The square is surrounded by museums, galleries, cultural spaces and historic buildings, the most important is The National Gallery, a marvellous art gallery where paintings of very famous artists (such as Titian, Michelangelo, Van Gogh or Monet) are exposed.
Also visiting Tate Modern was an awesome experience! Even if I have been inside this museum four times, I just can’t get enough of it! I really appreciated an exhibition named Red Star Over Russia. This exhibition explored the visual culture that emerged after the October Revolution. From 1917 many avant-garde artists believed that art and architecture were tools for social change capable of creating a new environment for the new citizens. Art became accessible to millions through prints, posters, journals and photobooks and it came to dominate everyday life, giving rise to a new wave of creative experimentation in the late 1950s.
In conclusion, it was a fantastic experience and I improved my English. I would recommend it to everyone. I would also like to thank the teachers Giuseppina Carestiato and Irene Raspanti, who had taken us in this journey.