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Arrived safely!!

Hello back in the UK! We have arrived safely in Morocco. The plane journey was pretty uneventful with only a small amount of turbulance. The hotel is very nice and hospitable. All pupils are settled...

I don’t think these walls will be Kremlin down anytime soon

In Moscow we visited Lenin’s mausoleum where he was laid to rest. We had to undergo serious security checks, and we were not allowed to take pictures. This showed us that Lenin received the...

Life in the Soviet Union… “Losing my religion?”

Q. Hi Afra, how’s Russia? A. It’s great thanks I love being here with my best friend Sydney. Q. Have you noticed many religious buildings? A. Yes, I have actually, funny you should ask....

The Great Patriotic Ilya

What does it mean to be Russian to ask? Well for me, as a Russian and Estonian,  the answer for this question is that Russia has been shaped by dramatic and turbulent events. If we go to the start,...

Russia ain’t in a rush to forget the Great Patriotic War

Throughout the four days we’ve been here, it’s clear that no matter what differing views Russians have on previous leaders they all agree that their involvement in the Great Patriotic War...

St John the Baptist School – Day 3 in Morocco

On the 3rd day we travelled from Quarzazte to South of Zagora and stopped at a palmerie and spoke to one of the farmers and learnt not just about his day- to – day life but about all the other...

St John the Baptist School – Day 2 in Morocco

We woke up with an early start and we started our journey over the Atlas Mountains. Firstly we stopped at Canal de Rocade and Ian our guide taught us about the problems with water in Morocco and it...

Day 3 Snowball fights Lenin style

On the morning of our 3rd day in Russia we travelled to the outskirts of Moscow where Lenin’s house was situated. On arrival we exited the coach to be welcomed by mounds of untouched snow, in...

Putin’ down the leaders

The attitudes towards the leaders that we have seen are not what we have expected. We initially thought that many people would have dislikes towards Stalin because of things like the great terror and...

Putin’ down more leaders

Throughout my stay in Moscow and St Petersburg I have noticed a few things about people’s attitudes towards current and former Russian leaders. First of all a bit about Vladimir Putin. Bringing...

Day 4: D’ya Yusopov Rasputin was murdered here?

Day 4 – met Tatyana, st Nicholas’ church, city tour, yusopov palace, pie lunch, Finland station, Leningrad memorial Day 4 : We began the day in St Petersburg by meeting our guide Tatyana....

Stop Stalin, start Russian…we’ve got a plane to catch

We left Bridge on coach to get to Heathrow Airport. After nearly an hour of sleeping on the coach, we arrived at Heathrow, checked in comfortably, and got some breakfast to eat. Soon enough, it was...