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Saturday 11th

Par Lucy DELMONDPublié le 19 avr. 2017 à 20:11

Second outing in London

Today was the last real day of the trip. As London is a big city, going there the week after was not a problem, on the contrary. Once more, Theo couldn't come with us because of his work. On the friday night before, I slept at Sam's with Eva because he organised a small party. It was more practical to go to London like that. We went by train again.

When we met the others in the train station, it was around 12pm. We weren't hungry so we visited the area next to the train station. We took the metro to get in the more central part of London, and visited there once more. Some of us wanted to go in a chicken restaurant, and others in Mc Donald's so we separated. As we couldn't eat inside the Mc Donald's, we had to find a little nice place to sit down. We settled in a little parc, and it was enjoyable because it was a sunny day and they were singers in the street next to us.

After that, we decided to go to Camden town in metro. I have never been there before and I was quite surprised by the style of a few people. We went into a couple of shops very original, and we sat down for a while in the sun.

When we got back near to the train station, we wanted to have a drink together for our last evening, so we stayed in a little pub/cafe and talked all together.

We got back home at 8pm approximately and I ate dinner with Heather and Theo.

 

Saturday 4th

Par Lucy DELMONDPublié le 12 avr. 2017 à 13:28 ♦ Mis à jour le 19 avr. 2017 à 19:42

2nd day 

Today is the real first day of the trip. Most of the students have decided to meet in the center of London to visit. Unfortunately, Theo had to go to work and couldn't come with us, so I met Finn and Oriane at the train station so we could take the train together. We were quite a big group of people at the beginning, so we decided to separate in smaller groups. I was with Eva, Sam and other students.

After visiting a little bit, we were quite hungry so we settled down in a chinese restaurant, obviously in the chinese district. It was a buffet with lots of differents dishes, so everybody could eat what they like.

When we finished, we spent the rest of the day walking around the city, visiting shops and having fun.

In the evening, we didn't really know what to do, so Theo and I went to Finn's to watch a film together, "Ted". Marie and her exchange were also there, and yet again we went back home quite late. We ate our dinner at midnight! Other students went bowling I think.

 

Discovering High Wycombe

Par Lucy DELMONDPublié le 08 mars 2017 à 14:55 ♦ Mis à jour le 19 avr. 2017 à 19:37

1st day

The french students, the teachers and I arrived in London's airport on Friday 3rd of March 2017, in the afternoon. Everyone was very happy to land safely and to see the english students again. When we arrived to the RGS, we were welcomed by all the students and other english students that were not part of the exchange. It was nice to discover a typical english boys school. We took photos in the cantine, and some people stayed to visit the school. I went to Finn's house with his exchange Oriane and with Theo, my exchange.

We left our suitcases at his house so we could visit High Wycombe's town centre. The centre of the city is very different to french cities. The buildings are quite oldish, and it's a bit of a contrast with the commercial centre. Theo offered us to go in a cafe which is just on top of the shop he work's in. We enjoyed spending this moment together before going back home. Theo's house is really lovely, big and well decorated. My room for those few days is his sister's Sophie.

After installing my stuff, we went to Harry's house for a little party. Cecile and her exchange were there, and Marie is Harry's exchange. We ate pizzas and played ping pong together.We also listened to music. We got home quite late by getting the train.

 

Oxford

Par Lucy DELMONDPublié le 12 avr. 2017 à 15:33 ♦ Mis à jour le 19 avr. 2017 à 19:32

3rd day

On Sunday 5th, Theo and I got up rather late because we were very tired of our week. Heather thought of going to Oxford for the day, so we left at the beginning of the afternoon. Oriane and Finn came along aswell. 

After driving for about an hour, we finally arrived in Oxford. Unfortunately, it started raining cats and dogs. We quickly ran into an oriental style cafe to get a hot drink, but mostly to avoid the rain. Oriane and I got a hot chocolate and we ate a few churros with chocolate sauce. It was a very nice place, with original decoration and furnishing.

When the rain finally stopped, we could start visiting a little bit. Oxford's centre is quite small so we walked around the shops and the buildings. I thought that it was quite similar to Cambridge, and Heather agreed. There is a quite vast shopping centre, but not many people were there. We saw the Univerity church of St Mary the Virgin, right next to the Oxford University. It is one of the oldest buildings of the city.

We got back quite early compared to the other days. We rested a few hours in Heather's partner's house, near to Heather's home. Oriane and Finn left before supper. The rest of us had a lovely chicken caesar salad, crumble and ice cream for dessert.

I was thinking a lot about my work experience, I hoped it was going to be interesting.*

Working experience

Par Lucy DELMONDPublié le 18 avr. 2017 à 20:51 ♦ Mis à jour le 19 avr. 2017 à 19:28

My week in the veterinary centre

When I first arrived in the vets, I was quite nervous. Heather came inside with me so I could introduce myself, and some of the staff didn't even knew I was coming (which was quite disapointing and didn't make me feel at ease).

Even so, I met the staff immediately after. I had a little visit of the whole building, and received my apron. Unfortunately for me, the staff warned me that the week was going to be lite. They had a few operations, on cats, rabbits or dogs, no exotic animals that could've been interesting for a working experience.

My first impression was disappointing, I was left aside with no instructions, and the staff barely talked to me. I forced myself to ask questions and to ask for tasks. I observed castrations on monday and tuesday, and more diverse ones on the rest of the weeks. There was a dog with a piece of tail removed, an other with an abcess for example. The rest of the time was filled with cleaning (the kennels, the cattery, the floors and walls of the operating rooms...) aswell as filling up the shelves (with cotton or syringes...).

I assisted to a few consultations essentially consisting of vaccinations, check ups and chipping. Even if I thought it was interesting, the vets rather sent me to observe the operations, and I felt quite disgusted assisting to a few of them.                                                                                                                                                      

When I had a bit of free time, I could go into the staff room to rest and I could watch TV, drink tea or coffee. They were 2 dogs staying inside all day that wanted to play with me, it was quite cute.

At lunch time, I had a bit more than an hour so I could visit the shopping centre near by. Eva and Laura were working in the library so we could eat together every day. It was nice to see them as often!

One day, after finishing school, Theo proposed to get a drink in Starbucks before his dad came and get us to go home. Eva, Sam and Laura stayed a bit with us in the cafe.

In conclusion, I was happy that the work experience finished because it was quite tiring, and I wasn't very at ease with the staff. Althought, it was nice to see animals everyday and to see them healed.

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