BEING A TEACHER....

BEING A TEACHER IS A DIFFICULT TASK NOWADAYS, SO I DECIDED TO FOLLOW THIS PIECE OF ADVICE BY BRUCE LEE:

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

Current Study trip to the British-Irish Isles












Everything went fantastic on our final day in Edinburgh. The students had a good breakfast, then they were taken with all their luggage to Mackenzie School, where they left their suitcases. Then we had some time to go again into the city centre. We came back and some students bought something to eat at Tesco supermarket, picked up our luggage. A coach took us to the airport in time. Then we checked in and waited for our flight without any serious problems. And finally we flew home, at Malaga airport the coach which took us to Salobreña was already waiting for us and we arrived in Salobreña before 11 o'clock p.m.

Well done to all the group and I hope one day all the investment made in terms of money and time will reward all our students.



Day 7 >>> Sunday, 9th April

Here we are on our final day of our experience with another super-sunny day. Despite all the difficulties,  problems, mistakes, improvable aspects... the overall outcome is positive as no serious things happened,  at least so far. We hope to spend a couple of more hours in the city centre,  not to forget anything and make a safe flight home.

Thanks to the city of Edinburgh,  its citizens (host families and staff at Mackenzie's and Scotland,  in general!  






Day 6 >>> Saturday, 8th April

Hi!  Another stunning sunny Day! 

 

Today is our historical day as we are visiting one of the emblems of the great history of Scotland, that is to say, Stirling castle, where characters such as Robert the Bruce and William Wallace played such an important role in their history. 

We will be taking the train at Edinburgh and will be heading towards the Highlands, so it will surely be a great experience for our students as they will have the possibility of having a glimpse at the Scottish landscape.





Heading for Stirling!! Already in the train. Everybody was on time today so we could take the earliest train we had in mind. Historical moment!!!!!






Incredible experience in Stirling Castle! Really sunny and Warm!  And the group is  really happy. Here are some of our students dressing up for the occassion.













Day 5 >>> Friday, 7th April

Again another sunny day with no rain at all! Yesterday the temperatures were a bit higher, but every time the wind blows, they go down again.

Today our students have a really hard ahead as they have classes both in the morning and the afternoon in a state secondary school, which is ten minutes' walk from Mackenzie School. They can see an example of how schools are organized and kept in Britain.


We have just had our packed lunch with our students after their morning classes. They are quite happy, but two of the girls have to move to another house because a relative of the host family is ill in hospital. Later they have confirmed us that they will share house with some of our students.  At least they are in the neighbourhood. The classes in the afternoon have been again at Mackenzie School.



Some good news about tomorrow >>> we'll just have to pay £3.56 each for the train tickets to Stirling.

After dinner we have met again to pop into the city centre so that they can see what it is like in the evenings with all the lights on. We were supposed to come back by 8, but in the end we have come back much later waiting for some girls that were shopping at Primark.







 



Day 4 >>> Thursday, 6th April

Again a wonderful sunny day ahead with warmer temperatures. How lucky we are! We even had our packed lunch in the park nearby.





As usual, there were some girls that arrived late, but fewer than the previous days. We took the bus to the city centre,  where we met the two girls that live in the city centre.



Then we went to Grassmarket,  to the Greyfriars Cemetery, to the Elephanthouse café (the café J.K. Rowling wrote part of Harry Potter) and finally to the National Museum of Scotland,  which they really enjoyed.  Actually,  none of our students left and they spent the two hours fascinated by all they saw.

This is a city full of history, mistery and literature. Many famous writers have a connection with Edinburgh.

 




Day 3 >>> Wednesday, 5th April

Another wonderful sunny day!


Today we are visiting Edinburgh on our own. First we will be going to Calton Hill and then we will be concentrating our visit on the Royal Mile, from the castle to Palace of Holyroodhouse.





We began again with some delays visiting Calton Hill and then the group headed for the Royal Mile. We wanted to go to the castle and then down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, but the group soon scattered around to do their first shopping, and I'm afraid few people did what they were supposed to do. What a pity!!! They will always regret not having made the most of it.

 



Fortunately, they were early at school for their packed lunches and classes.  








 



Day 2 >>> Tuesday, 4th April

What a wonderful sunny day we have got up with!

We are meeting at 9 o'clock at the school and we'll see how everything went on. 

All the students are really happy with the host families both regarding the room they have been given and the food provided.

We had to meet at 9 o'clock at school, but two girls got lost and began the 'Get to Know Edinburgh' game a bit later. The students had to find places, take photos and even films, ask for information... using tablets. They had good fun and it was a way to discover Leith and Edinburgh city centre. They are really looking forward to having more free time to spend there in the next days.




At around 12.30 we came back to the school taking the bus. They had the induction test, then a talk and finally went to different classes according to their level. 

In half an hour we are meeting the group again to see what we do tomorrow. Then they will go home, have dinner and rest after a long tiring day.
 
After some night adventure that ended well, we went to bed early really exhausted to get ready for our third day.









Day 1 >>> Monday, 3rd April


Hi! In our sixth study trip to the British Isles this year we are visiting Edinburgh (you remember that the first trip we made was 5 years ago to this same city). We left Salobreña at 8.30 with no problems on the coach trip to Malaga airport or the flight, as we had plenty of time.       

In Edinburgh it is a bit cloudy, but with no rain and mild temperatures. At the moment we are waiting for the host families to arrive and take us home. Everybody is so excited with very high expectations!!!!

 

There have been some changes in the families. Except for Mª Luisa and her kids, so far we have good news about the host families they are staying with. Mª Luisa, her kids and Albert have been accommodated at a nearby guesthouse, which is a pity as they would have liked to have the experience of staying at a family. They will have their breakfast there and the evening meal in a restaurant.

Anyway, the weather conditions so far are excellent as it is not too cold, although a bit windy and cloudy.





This is the school we will be attending classes at: Mackenzie School .


And just in case here's the link to the Consulate of Spain in Edinburgh and the phone numbers  for emergencies: 


Location
63, North Castle Street. Edinburgh EH2 3LJ. (UK)
Contact
Telephone: 0131 220 1843; 0131 220 1439; 0131 220 1442.


Remember that you can have a look at all the photos taken during our stay in Edinburgh clicking on this link:

VI Study trip to the British-Irish Isles (Edinburgh 2017)


And further information on our trip  >>>  English version   &    Spanish version     


 

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Weather forecast for Edinburgh (10 days) >> month  


Monday
3 Apr
 11°
Lowest
18 mph vindpil
Tuesday
4 Apr
 10°
Lowest
20 mph vindpil
Wednesday
5 Apr
 10°
Lowest
21 mph vindpil
Thursday
6 Apr
 11°
Lowest
13 mph vindpil
Friday
7 Apr
 12°
Lowest
9 mph vindpil
Precipitation
0.031 in
Saturday
8 Apr
 12°
Lowest
11 mph vindpil
Sunday
9 Apr
 12°
Lowest
14 mph vindpil



Latest on the activities to do in Edinburgh

 


Lunes 3 de abril
Martes 4 de abril
Miércoles 5 de abril
Jueves 6 de abril
Viernes 7 de abril
Sábado 8 de abril
Domingo 9 de abril
Málaga-Edimburgo
Salida 12:05
Llegada 14:25

Actividad interactiva: “Get to know Edinburgh”

Sendero Dean Village

People´s Story Museum

National Museum of Scottland

Cementerio Greyfriars

Grassmarket



Clases (3h)
(Innovation)

EXCURSIÓN DE DÍA COMPLETO A STIRLING
(Visita al castillo)


Calton Hill

Royal Mile Souvenir Shopping

Vuelta a España
Salida 16:40
Llegada 21:00

Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch

Visita al centro de la ciudad para familiarizarse

Clases (3h)
(Placement Test & Induction)

Clases (3h)
(Scottish Traditions)

Clases (3h)
(Crime and Social Problems)

Clases (3h)
(Telling tales and spinning yarns)
Cena
Cena
Cena
Cena
Cena
Cena
 



PROJECT ON OUR STUDY TRIP TO Scotland, United Kingdom (Edinburgh 2017)

From Monday, 3rd April to Sunday, 9th April


Everyday you will write down expressions or vocabulary learned that day.


Monday.- Our flight & first impressions about the family. What is our host family like? What is our room & house like?


Tuesday.- First experiences with the school, public transport and the orientation tour around Edinburgh.


Wednesday.- What are the classes like? Write about the school, the teachers and the entry test. Write about the city of Edinburgh (for example, buses) and write about what you did today, Ask your family about the expression: “Cheers” and their opinion about their place in the world with regard to the UK and the EU. 


Thursday.- Write about your routines, meals at home and packed lunch at the school. Write about the weather we are having. Write about the National Museum of Scotland (what impressed you most?), Greyfriars Cemetery and Grassmarket. Write about all the writers and famous people they come from Edinburgh and that are related with this city.


Friday.- Your free time in Edinburgh & your experience of the classes at the school. Have you learned much? Which skill have you improved the most (speaking, writing, listening or reading)?


Saturday.- Write about our trip to Stirling, the castle and the characters of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. What can you say about the Scottish accent of the people (compare the accent in Edinburgh and in Stirling)? Write about the town, the landscape and your experience in the train.


Sunday.- Write about the last day in Edinburgh, the places you visited and the things you did. For those of you who have participated in our previous study trips, write the differences you have found between them and Scotland. For those of you whose experience in these study trips is the first, write about your expectations and the real experience. Shopping: what have you bought and how much have you spent? Did you like Edinburgh in general? Our flight & journey back home. Best memories. Any souvenirs bought? Would you go back to Edinburgh? Would you repeat the experience?





Excellent news!!!! 

 Last Friday I collected the pounds we had ordered in my bank and, apart from the fact the exchange rate with the pound is really good for us, they didn’t charge me any commission. As an example, we can compare what happened two years ago when we went to Chester and this year:

In 2015 Chester £1  = €1.403
In 2017 Edinburgh £1 = €1.228
So now they give us £81.3 for every €100€, while in 2015 they only gave us £71.28. Summing up, we save almost €200 for every £1,000 we exchange.

 

 

 

PROPUESTA DE ACTIVIDADES

PLANNING ACTIVIDADES CON OPCIÓN A CAMBIOS:


Lunes 3 de abril
Martes 4 de abril
Miércoles 5 de abril
Jueves 6 de abril
Viernes 7 de abril
Sábado 8 de abril
Domingo 9 de abril
Málaga-Edimburgo
Salida 12:05
Llegada 14:25

Clases (4h)
(Placement Test & Induction)

Clases (4h)
(Scottish Traditions)

Clases (4h)
(Crime and Social Problems)

Clases (3h)
(Innovation)

EXCURSIÓN DE DÍA COMPLETO A STIRLING
(Visita al castillo)


Tiempo libre para últimas compras


Vuelta a España
Salida 16:40
Llegada 21:00

Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch

Visita al centro de la ciudad para familiarizarse

Actividad interactiva: “Get to know Edinburgh”

Calton Hill
Royal Mile (Castillo hasta Palacio)
People´s Story Museum

National Museum of Scottland
Cementerio Greyfriars
Grassmarket

Sendero Dean Village
Cena
Cena
Cena
Cena
Cena
Cena
 


Resto a pagar antes del 15 de febrero:
255€ + 196€ (vuelo) = 451€
Opcional: maleta de 15 kg. (72€ - ida y vuelta). A abonar con el importe anterior.

 

Possible activity to do (most recocommended by Spanish agency Active Global English House) >>>> Dean Village   , in the same site you can look up other places to visit.

HAM LEGS' RAFFLE   ;-))))) Numbers ending in 46  will get their tastiest ham leg from Pórtugos!!!!

You can check it here:  ONCE  

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POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES TO DO IN EDINBURGH

 

VI STUDY TRIP TO THE BRITISH-IRISH ISLES: Edinburgh 2017 (IES Mediterráneo, Salobreña)




 

 



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