My Wonderful Experience in the UK
By Jason Pang S2CL 22
I joined the World Citizens Programme to the UK last year with some students from our school and other schools too. To me, this trip was very meaningful and I had a lot of fun. Before the trip, I was excited and nervous because: first, I had never been to Europe; second, I wasn’t sure how the boarding house would be; and third, I didn’t know a lot about the UK apart from it’s a country in Europe and it uses Pounds Sterling for currency. Since I was not familiar with the country, I joined this programme to learn more about it and its culture. I was also looking forward to seeing the scenery and escaping from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong lifestyle.
This trip lasted 16 days. We departed on the 23rd of July and returned on the 9th of August. On the first day, after having a traditional English breakfast, we headed to our classes and introduced ourselves to our teachers and students from other schools. We had a very special etiquette class, where we learnt some local manners as well as basic table manners. From the second day onward, we had writing lessons, lessons about Shakespeare, excursions, etc. We visited St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, British Museum, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and so on. We also had a chance to watch the musical Wicked in the theatre too. Apart from this, we had performances on the stage for some poems, singing and acting for Romeo and Juliet. It was definitely tiring and quite stressful on the performance day, but it was a very fruitful experience too.
My favourite activity was visiting Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea FC since 1905. It was definitely a memorable experience as Chelsea FC is one of my favourite teams, and it was my first time visiting a world-class football stadium in Europe. Surrounded by the blue walls of the spectator stands, I felt like watching a real football game in the stadium! I was more than excited during the tour, as we saw photos of some Chelsea players on the walls. They were glorious! We also had the opportunity to visit the press room, the dressing room, the home changing room and the Chelsea Museum. There were some jerseys of famous footballers including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Paolo Maldini; and trophies won by the team throughout the years. As I was a Chelsea fan, the staff there gave me a pin of the team as souvenir! The most wonderful moment during this visit was when I walked out of the player tunnel – I felt like I was a real Chelsea player! Memories of visiting that stadium are still vivid in my mind. I would definitely visit it again!
It was a great experience visiting the UK. I learnt the local culture of the UK, some etiquette and manners. It also enhances my English speaking skills and I have become more confident! I had so much fun in the UK! It was a very fruitful trip!