April Break Abroad
While some Duxbury High School students took time during spring break to tour colleges, relax at home, or go on a family vacation, Chasey S. and Sophie T. along with 11 other students got to immerse themselves in traditions and cultural landmarks of the United Kingdom.
The two girls signed up to go on the trip with Mrs. Sullivan, a history teacher at DHS. The trip lasted only 10 days, but they managed to spend time in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.
The trip began in Dublin, Ireland before taking a ferry to Wales. “We stayed in a lot of neat places, but the little villages that we saw were out of a storybook” said Mrs. Sullivan.
Many of the places that Mrs. Sullivan and her students traveled to are filled with history. The students got to see castles and monuments that they read about in textbooks in person .
“We stay in Duxbury for so much of our lives, but there’s so much more to the world” said Chasey. “Other places are so different from here, and it’s so important to see and experience other cultures.”
On their trip Chasey and Sophie saw the Edinburgh Castle, the London Eye and Queen’s Palace, but what stood out most to them was their time walking down ancient streets, immersing themselves in a foreign culture.
Before arriving in Scotland, Mrs. Sullivan and her students got to see Hadrian’s Wall in England.
“Our tour guide brought us to the coolest place. We had to climb a little cliff, but at the top we saw the most amazing views of the wall” said Mrs. Sullivan.
Although there were amazing things to be seen in all four of the countries they saw, both Mrs. Sullivan and Chasey agreed that Edinburgh, Scotland was their favorite.
“I loved the fact that all of the buildings were so old, and that they hadn’t been destroyed by the war. It looks like it did 100 years ago, which is insane.” said Mrs. Sullivan. “It was clean and all the people we met were so nice. There was a lot of culture there and so much to see.”
For Chasey, this was her first time visiting the U.K. and she became enamored with it. “I didn’t want to leave Scotland. I wanted to explore more.”
Mrs. Sullivan explained how impactful travel can be for a person.
“I want kids to be exposed to different cultures and the history of who we all are,” said Mrs. Sullivan. This trip most certainly accomplished that.
According to Mrs. Sullivan, the beauty of such a big trip squeezed into such a short amount of time is that, “you get to see a lot of different things so you know which places you want to go back to.”
While in Edinburgh, the students were able to leave the group and wander around with their friends. Chasey said that, “we had lots of time to walk around, and one night we met some local Scottish teens.”
This trip was a perfect combination of both seeing the main tourist attractions, while also exploring new places that locals hang out and experiencing their authentic culture.
While in Ireland, Chasey and her friends did an Irish dancing lesson. “The real Irish dancers were so good, it was amazing to watch” said Chasey. Later, when she was in England, she went to a little tea shop where a lot of locals hung out.
Sophie said her most memorable moment was when she was in Ireland and she was able to practice her French in real life with a woman she met in the hotel.
“I had a small conversation with her in French. It showed me how I can use what I learn in school and apply it in real life! Something I will never forget!” said Sophie.
This trip meant a lot to the 13 DHS students and Mrs. Sullivan went on, and enhanced their passion for travel.
“I think traveling is important because it shows people there is more to the world than what we know as our home,” said Sophie. “It opens people’s eyes to what else is out there and lets people gain more world knowledge.”
Photo by Mrs. Sullivan