On Friday 31st March – 7th April 2017 thirty seven students and six staff left NSB to head to Greece over the Easter holidays. From the moment we got off the plane it was simply incredible and we were really excited for the trip ahead.
When we arrived at our hotel we had a refreshing sleep before starting the day. In the morning we experienced the Greek markets; some of us bought souvenirs, while others spent their money on watches. Afterwards we saw the Temple of Zeus, the Arch of Hadrian, the modern Olympic stadium, the Athens National Garden, the Hellenic Parliament building and the University of Athens. We were exhausted by the end of the walk, but very impressed with what we’d seen.
On the second day, we went to the most incredible place in all of Athens - the Acropolis. We visited the Acropolis museum where we learned all about the history of the place. Next, we climbed the acropolis rock and were stunned by the Parthenon. It was breath-taking! We also visited the Agora (open place of assembly) and ate a delicious lunch.
On the third day, we set off for Tolo on the Peloponnese peninsula, stopping briefly to see the Corinth Canal. Tolo was a small and beautiful seaside town. When we arrived, we went to the swimming pool, then immediately went out as the water was ice-cold! We spent the evening walking around the coast.
The next day we went to the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, which was huge! Afterwards, we travelled to the acropolis of Mycenae and the tomb of Agamemnon. They were both astonishing. In the evening, we were back in Tolo trying (and mostly failing) to do Greek cookery and dancing. We had a good laugh!
On the fifth day we travelled to the other end of Greece to Olympia. We spent the day exploring the ruins and also had a race on the original Olympic stadium. There were some incredible sights. In the evening we mostly relaxed.
The final day was amazing! We went to the islands of Hydra and Spetses by ferry. We had a good time watching out for dolphins and playing cards on the ferry. At Hydra, we had lunch and ate an ice-cream (or two). Then, at Spetses we spent our afternoon on the beach. The sea water was really cold. Later it was enjoyable to be able to either relax in our room or play football while waiting for our meal.
We had a superb time in Greece and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone: Miss Minai, who organised the trip, all our teachers who herded us all over Greece and dealt with all our problems, our incredible tour guide who we called Azpa since most of us couldn’t pronounce her full name, everyone else who we met: such as hotel staff and bus drivers, and (of course) parents, who funded the whole experience.