What a fantastic week!

Thank you:

  • Purkyňovo gymnázium Strážnice and its teachers for this wonderful Xchange
  • Jan Willem Jongepier for the organization and for all the unforgettable memories
  • Czech students and your parents for your hospitality
  • Sekundarschule Andelfingen for enabling us this special experience
  • Beat Merz for the perfect organization
  • Colleagues for the substitutions
  • Swiss parents for their trust in us and the Xchange project
  • And last but not least thank you, dear Swiss students; we are happy to bring you all back home safe and sound, we are proud of how you managed to adjust to all kinds of different situations. We had a lot of fun together with you.

Ivana Ducci and Cornelia Roth

Saturday – good bye Strážnice

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Saturday morning started very early for us. It was hard to get up after only four hours of sleep;  many of us had been celebrating for very long. At seven o’clock we met the other students at the train station in Strážnice. We made some last photos and had to say good bye. It was really emotional and it was sad that we didn’t have enough time to give all students a big hug. During the farewell there were a lot of tears but when we almost missed the train the mood changed very quickly to a good level again. Even though we were very sad, we were looking forward to seeing our family again. And the thought that we could soon be having a normal shower, standing upright, instead of kneeling in the bathtub, comforted us a lot. 

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The song „Heiweh nach de Berge, nach de Schoggi und em Wii“ accompanied us on the way back home.  We made some stopovers in the cities of Hodinin, Vienna and Innsbruck. During those stops we were glad to stretch our legs and to explore the train stations.

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On the rides we spent our time with singing, talking, listening to music, playing (stupid – editors’ note) computer games and with watching movies. On the way we saw that the landscapes of the Czech Republic and Austria are totally different and that was interesting for all of us.

 

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It was a beautiful time together with all the students and the teachers.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET THIS TIME!

Riana and Ronja

Friday – sports, quiz and farewell party

On our last day in Strážnice we all got surprised by heavy rain. Until this morning we thought that it would always be sunny in Czech Republic. 

For the today’s program we got split up into groups of four students. Half of the groups started with a quiz about Switzerland and the Czech Republic and the other half played a floorball tournament.

The questions of the quiz were distributed in the whole school building and the students had to go and find and answer them. It was quite tricky to find all the questions in this big school building. But luckily, all worked out well in the end.

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Action was guaranteed in the school gym! We all had a lot of fun playing against each other. Some of us got really ambitious. Luckily, this time there were no serious injuries except for a few bruises. 

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In the afternoon we did some last activities in our families. Of course we were all looking forward to the farewell party in the evening. We got invited to a nice restaurant for dinner. The Schnitzel and the Smažený sýr (fried cheese) were delicious and so was the home made Štrůdl.

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At the editorial deadline the farewell party is still going on …

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Manuel and Yannis

Thursday – Praha/Prague

Prague! Finally! We were so excited even though we had to get up very early. The train trip was sooo short, just kidding, it was a 4-hour trip. Prague welcomed us with sunny weather and with many tourists.

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First we were at the Wenceslas Square, which is one of the main city squares and also the centre of business and culture in the new town of Prague. And we can also recommend it for shopping. After a lot of souvenir shops we crossed the beautiful Charles Bridge, which took us over the longest river from Czech Republic, the Vltava (Moldau). On the bridge there were a lot of musicians, painters and merchants. We had a real holiday feeling and we enjoyed it very much.

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With a red head and a thirsty mouth, we reached the castle. The castle is the house of the president of the Czech Republic and it is the longest and oldest still inhabited house of the world. Next to it, there is a wonderful church. We think it’s one of the most beautiful attractions we saw in Czech Republic.

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After all that sightseeing we could finally start our shopping tour. But we had to take care of our bags, so that nothing would get stolen.

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Now we are sitting on the train again, writing this text, our feet are hurting and we just want to fall into our beds.

Annina, Janine, Leonie

Wednesday – Post-Easter workshop and Crisps Factory

As usual we took the bus to go to school in Strážnice. When we arrived there we were split up into two groups. One group started at the crisps factory and the other group had a post-Easter workshop.

At the crisps factory we learnt a lot about the different types of potatoes. The man also told us what we need to make crisps: Water, rapeseed oil, potatoes and flavours. Then we went to the producing hall to see how the crisps are made. After the tour we walked back with a big box full of crisps. 

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The second workshop showed us how traditional Easter whips are made. It looks easy, but we soon realized that it isn’t. We also got the chance to decorate Easter eggs and biscuits. After getting all the necessary information for tomorrow’s trip to Prague we took off to our free afternoon. 

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Almost all the students met up in Uherské Hradiště, a lovely city, for a laser game. We had a lot of fun together.

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Happy but also tired we caught the train back to our hometowns. Tonight we ate an early dinner. We need a good sleep because tomorrow is going to be a long day in Prague.

Florian and Joel

Tuesday – Lednice and Mikulov

It’s two minutes before 8:00 clock. We are running, I think we will be the last ones. I hope the bus will wait for us. But in this moment I can see others from our group. We are not the last ones, oh wow, finally we reach the bus and our adventure of today can start. 

After a funny bus ride to the beautiful Lednice castle we had our own time to do experiences in the castle garden. In our group we took a lot of pictures. The nature was really beautiful but the lake was a bit smelly which wasn’t nice. Another problem was, that we were too slow and we didn’t manage to see the whole park.

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Some minutes later we’re in the bus again and on our way to the „Mädchenburg“. It was really beautiful and we had a nice view over the Czech Republic. But the walk was very hard and we were really happy when we finally saw the ruin. We got 15 minutes time to take pictures and eat something. But I think most of us just took pictures and didn’t eat anything because the view was too nice. A little problem was, that it was really windy so we couldn’t see anything because of our hair.

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Our next step was to walk back to the bus and this was a really long way. Back in the bus everyone was tired and we were hoping for a long ride to the next stop. But, it wasn’t like this! Only a few minutes later we arrived in Mikulov. We had some time to take a look at the beautiful town. Our group went to a cafe to eat a cake and to drink something. We had a lot of stuff to talk about and it was a lot of fun. Some others visited the castle. Others were hungry so they went to a  kebab place. The man there had a lot of fun because we are coming from Switzerland.

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Back on the bus the Swiss boys played music and we discussed what we’re going to do in the evening. And we decided to go to the house of Lucy with some people. 

Elisa and Jasmine 

Monday – Strážnice

On Monday morning we drove by bus to our school in Strážnice. When we arrived at our school, our Czech students brought us to a big room (the assembly hall) where we found our friends. There they first showed us a short review of their visit in Switzerland. After that they showed us the school. And we have to agree that this is a huge school.  After that we learned to pronounce some difficult Czech words. It was very funny because it was very hard for us to pronounce these words. Later they showed us what Czech folklore music sounds like. It was very impressive because it was music which students from these school played. Mister Jongepier told us that these students have their own “band” and that they had just won a very special award of Moravia. 

At 9.45 a.m we went to the town hall. The vice mayor of Strážnice gave us a very warm welcome in a very beautiful room. After that we got to try some little typical cakes of Czech republic (Kolaci). And we liked them a lot. At about 11.00 a.m we went back to the school and then some other students taught us how to dance the Moravian folklore. It looked so easy but for us it was so difficult. When we finished the dance lesson we went to a sightseeing tour through Strážnice. We had the opportunity to see so many beautiful monuments and even an old jewish synagogue. We decided to go to a beautiful park to make a picnic because we were all hungry. It was a nice picnic. After that short break we went to an open-air museum. It was a pleasure for us because they opened it some months earlier just for us. It was very interesting to see how the people used to live in earlier years. The old houses were absolutely stunning. After we’ve seen everything of the museum we went back to the center of Strážnice where we got invited to a cold drink. It was a very nice and interesting day and we think that all of us were very tired in the evening.

Julia and Jenny

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Sunday – family day

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To wake up on a train is something new for us. The place is small but quiet enough. After the little breakfast in the train, we have time to take our things and make us ready to leave.

„In 10 minutes we arrive in Strážnice.“ All of us are so nervous to see the other students from  the Xchange. And then the train stops. We take our luggage and get out of the train. All students stand there, with flags, and start to sing „Müeh mit de Chüe“, the song which they learned in Switzerland. It was an emotional moment for us and interesting to see how well they can sing the song!

After the song, they welcomed us in the Czech Republic.

In the afternoon each family did something with us. My family took me to a cave, which is 2 hours away from Stràznice. We saw some stalagmites and we could drive with a boat in the caves. It was really interesting and I’m very excited to see more of this country. The day we finished with a tasty, traditional meal from here.

Yves Zeugin

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On Sunday morning, at 8 o’clock we arrived in Vienna, where we changed train. At 10:30 we finally arrived to Strážnice, and the Czech students sang the song „Müeh mit de Chüe“, that we tought them in Switzerland. Then the family took me to their home and we ate lunch. In the afternoon we drove to Brno and went to a technical museum and after that we visited Spielberk castle. Up there it was very funny, due to the heavy wind we almost couldn‘t stand on our feet. In the evening we went bowling with some other students from the Xchange.

Nico 

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Saturday to Sunday – our journey to Strážnice

 Betrayed the Czech guys

Ahoj! We met at quarter past eight in the evening at the train station in Andelfingen, where we said goodbye to our families. After two minutes on the train we were told off, because we were „too loud“.

So our journey started very well. :)

In Zurich we went onto the nightjet, which brought us to Vienna. We were SO nervous but totally excited!

We had a very „cool“ couchette, we could put our window down and put our heads out. It was forbidden, but we didn’t know until Mrs. Ducci told us.

We were extremely amused about the lake of Zurich by night and we screamed a lot, out of the window.

We didn’t slept much, but laughed a lot.

We were woken up at 06:30 in the morning by Elisa, because someone served us breakfast. Okay, a Croissant and a hot chocolate, but it did it for the morning.

We arrived  to Vienna nine minutes in advance, but this was perfect, so we didn’t get in a rush. We drove with this train to Hodónin, what took about one and a half hour. There we had 30 minutes to do what we wanted. There happened the first mistake to us (Nuby and Indi).

We needed to go to the toilet, but it cost 10 crowns per person and the man inside there couldn’t speak any english. So we just had 10 crowns and we were two people, so we went together in the cabin. The man made hand signs, but we didn’t understand what to do, so we just handed back the key, said „dig“ (thank you) and moved away.

So, our first impression to the Czech population was, that we betrayed them. WE‘RE SORRY!

Nubya and Indira

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