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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...

Change is around the corner

What have you noticed about the way Russia has changed from the Bolshevik period to modern day? The period of silence is now over. Going from restricted freedom of speech and movement Russians now...

We’ve arrived!

25 Brits arrive safely at Hotel Katerina. En route to the hotel we learnt the following (fascinating) stats about Moscow: There are 5 million cars in Moscow 7 million permanent residents 40 museums...

Day three Munich Strathallan School

An early start today we left the hostel for a two hour coach trip to Nuremberg. Some of us enjoyed the opportunity to sleep after ice skating last night left us quite sore and tired! We arrived at...

Day four strathallan school-time to leave :(

The last day of  German chocolate spread this morning and strange bread! We walked into marienplatz for some free time and we went up the observation tower of St. Peter’s kirche to have an...

Last views of Munich

Back to the hostel to get the coach to the airport. Last view of the Allianze Arena, the Olympic park and Munich-the nazi heartland. We’ve had a great time and learnt a lot. A great trip to...

Day Two In Munich

Our first full day in Munich involved our second early start for breakfast at and 8, Bush somehow managed to shuffle, blind with tiredness, to the cereal and back all by himself. He didn’t...

Choir of the Year: Saturday 8th February 2014

My colleague Sean and I turn up at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, interview questions fully prepared, film and sound equipment in tow. My goodness, there are so many people who have turned out to...