Spruce Grove Composite High School Europe Trip
On March 26, 2014, SGCHS left the familiar landscape of Spruce Grove, Alberta, and set off for a European adventure to Greece, and Italy. With a group of 41 students and six teachers, everyone knew it would be a hectic, but completely worthwhile trip.
After leaving from Edmonton to Toronto, we braced ourselves for a long layover, a long flight to Frankfurt, Germany and eventually a flight to Athens, Greece. We were greeted, however, with an even longer layover, and a roughly nine hour flight to Istanbul, Turkey; the airline Lufthansa was on strike in Germany. As irritating as not arriving to Greece and starting out our adventure on time was, the excitement of going to another unfamiliar country was undoubtedly a bonus to the trip. All too quickly though, and after a river cruise in Istanbul, and a night of much needed rest for those of us who had been awake for more than thirty hours, we boarded a quick flight to Greece. Luck on this trip seemed to never run out.
As another unexpected bonus, our European guide, Iris, was a loveable, quirky, and unforgettable character. Her job in keeping a group of 41 animated teenagers in check could never be an easy task, and yet she executed it perfectly. From the quick and unforgettable exploration of Greece to a sweaty, humid and slightly uncomfortable night in a ferry to Italy, our trip was halfway through. Italy, the highlight for so many, did not disappoint. From Sorrento and its’ lemon trees, to Florence’s dome, and the beautiful Vatican City, new friendships and memories were made. All too soon the whirlwind trip was over and all that was left was a long flight home.
Although we were tired and couldn’t wait to sleep in our own beds, the Europe trip had sparked something new inside each of us. In the back of everyone’s minds, travelling, and experiencing even more new sights, smells, and sounds, would become a priority. This experience was an inspiration, and helped many of us students set up goals for what we would like to learn about the great big world at our doorstep.
It truly was an experience of a lifetime.
Submitted by Rachel Sherrington, Gr. 11 SGCHS student