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Aachen Trip 2011
At 9:30pm we all gathered outside the coach parked up near Channing. We it was time to get on we all hurried to get the best seats. Once everyone was seated we were buzzing with excitement to get moving.
At around 7:00am (German time) we arrived in Aachen and we all wearily stepped out of the coach. We wrapped up warm and started walking towards the town centre. Lots of decorations were up in the street and we walked past a number of shops selling Printen, a speciality of Aachen,which is a soft and spicy gingerbread. We got to the café called Elisenbrunnen and we were served a buffet consisting of bread rolls,croissants, scrambled eggs, ham, cheese, jam and more as well as the delicious heisse Schokolade (hot chocolate).
After breakfast we went for a quick look at Aachen Cathedral which was breathtaking. After that we all split up in our chosen groups to go shopping! First of all we went to the surrounding shops as the market did not open till 11am. The shop sold all sorts, including excellent Christmas gifts. Then we went to the market which was amazing! The stalls were set up in little wooden huts and sold everything from sweets to incense. Then Year 8 registered at 12:30 and went off for more shopping. At 2:15pm we all met and headed out of the town centre, towards the Lindt chocolate factory.
When we got there everyone was amazed. It was like a whole shopping centre completely dedicated to Lindt chocolate. After we had made our purchases we walked back to the coach. We sat down and the coach started moving, destination: London. So it was back through Belgium and France and then the Euro tunnel until exhausted girls and staff stepped out of the coach at Channing. It was an amazing trip, thank you to Frau Stöckmann and all the staff.
By Úna Yates