Group 1 update from Minyoung:
We initially planned to hike the Rigi mountain but the time in the morning was limited as we needed to come back to the NAE camp so we changed the plan to have a historical and cultural tour in Lucern. We first went to see ‘Lion monument’, a dying lion carved out of a wall of rock above a pond. Then we visited ‘Bourbaki Panorama’ where has a cylindrical painting depicting the Franco-Prussian War. After that, we went to ‘Museggmauer’ which is the old city wall with some towers. And lastly we had a walk on the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) which is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. Then we had a last lunch in Switzerland at a fancy restaurant located right next to the Reuss river with Chapel Bridge.
Then we come back to NAE camp and had a group reflection time, discussing what we did well and what could have been improved. We generally felt that this trip reinforced our independence as we had to plan the schedule, book accommodation and find out the way to go by ourselves. We definitely learnt a lot of things from this trip and would like to recommend to the future Year 13s.
Group 2 update from Luca & Lisa:
This morning, our group was separated into smaller groups and each enjoyed shopping and sightseeing in Bern. Some had fun walking around and looking for some souvenirs (Swiss chocolate + Swiss skincare products) for their families and themselves, some went to the street market and bought raclette cheese and herb tea. Also one group visited the ‘Klee, Chaplin, Sonderegger’ exhibition at the Zentrum Paul Klee art museum. They said that it was a variable experience to see Klee’s artworks from his childhood in his familiar place. All of us met in the restaurant for lunch and had burgers and schnitzels. Then we headed back to NAE camp after having a reflection session. We all agreed that this residential trip worked super well.
Group 3 update from Jeremy:
Our last true day was spent exploring the beautiful lake-side town of Lausanne. Our morning began with the grand Palais de Rumine, site of historical events like the peace process following WWI. Within were numerous museums featuring a wide range of objects, from bronze age artifacts to a massive collection of taxidermied animals. Lunch brought with it a delicious cheese fondue and a small selection of escargot (snails). It was the most expensive meal we've had here in Switzerland, but it was also the best; money well spent.
After our meal, we visited the Lausanne Cathedral, located conveniently next to the museum. Within were grand stained glass windows and an organ recital we were lucky enough to catch. We even managed to climb to the top of the bell towers, from which we could see the entirety of Lausanne. Unfortuantly, our time in Switzerland was over. We headed back to the chalet in the evening, ready to fly out early next morning.
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