The Kimberley School Newsletter October 2015 - Page 6

BERLIN TRIP 2 This school trip left Kimberley on Tuesday night and arrived in Berlin on Wednesday afternoon (14th-15th July 2015). Luxury coach, fantastic drivers Andy and Dave, superb students, great weather. Besides many tweets, we sent this email postcard to all the Kimberley staff on the evening of Friday 17th July… Greetz from Berlin Wannsee, we are having a great trip. So far have watched and completed questions on documentary called Escape from Red Berlin, walked along the shore of the lake and called at Loretta's beer garden, visited Checkpoint Charlie and paid our respects to Peter Fechter, seen the open air museum in the excavated Gestapo prison cells on Niederkirchnerstraße and lunched at the redeveloped Potsdamer Platz Arkaden; then called at the British and Commonwealth war graves and toured the 1936 Olympic Stadium, that was Wednesday evening and our first full day (Thursday) until the evening meal. The students are taking everything in their stride, great to see history with your own eyes and speak German in Germany. It's very hot, we had a full day today, Friday too - stunning panoramas from the TV tower, river cruise through historic Berlin and new government district, lunch in Heiligegeistgasse, the book burning square Bebelplatz, many other sights on Unter den Linden, readings about Herbert Baum and the incredible Berliner Stadtschloss...and The Brandenburg Gate and the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe. With it being so hot, we took a quick tea and walked 10 minutes to the Strandbad Wannsee for an hour's bathing in the lake. Still a glorious evening. Hope you are all well, looking forward to ………. Minutes after sending this email there came a Francis Drake moment. Down by the lake, with the shadows lengthening, Andy interrupted my game of table tennis with Jack to say, eventually, that the coach needed a major replacement part fitting and would most likely be out of action until Monday. Unlike Sir Francis, I did not finish my game. Saturday saw us use taxis, buses, city railways and our legs rather more than planned, w