St. Louis TY students go ‘Border Hoppin’
This year’s TY trip held the noble title of Border Hoppin’ due to the opportunity of being able to visit more than one country in the short succession of three days. We got the chance to enjoy three countries - Belgium, Holland, and Germany.
Our trip began with a very exhausting morning flight to Brussels at 6:00 am, but we were all so enthusiastic that sleep was the last thing on our minds. On arrival at the airport in Brussels we were greeted by Stephen our fabulous guide and met Edgar our wonderful bus driver. After an early lunch we were transported by luxury coach to our first stop, the Fort Breendonk Internment Camp used during World War II for prisoners waiting to be transferred to a concentration camp. We learned about the everyday life of those prisoners, the atrocious conditions they lived in and the emotional and physical abuse they had to face every day. It was extremely educational and rather a dark start to the trip. We finished off the day with a trip to a water park.
On the second day, we were on our way to Cologne in Germany at nine in the morning. We were mesmerized when stepping out of the bus - the architecture was just astonishing. Our Cathedral climb was tiring yet very worthwhile due to the fascinating view. We also got the opportunity to explore the city ourselves and take a memorable boat tour along the Rhine. The Lindt Chocolate Factory excursion got everybody's mouth watery! Our day ended with Pizza and Bowling always a good combination!
The next day, we gave it our all to the world famous Walibi Theme Park in Belgium. It was very impressive, with a wide variety of thrilling, adrenaline-filled rides, as well as relaxing ones. The weather was on our side and everybody got home exhausted, yet extremely content! We won’t mention the Vampire rollercoaster to Mr. Fitzgerald!
During the last day, we got to explore Bruges, a beautiful city in Belgium with exceptionally designed buildings. It is famous for its chocolate and lace. We visited the Basilica of the Holy Blood and then thankfully, the girls got a full three hours to shop and sample the chocolate and waffles! Happy days!
Overall, the trip was thoroughly cherished by everyone. We got to taste delicious Belgian cuisine, enjoy brilliant weather and expand our horizons. The TY group is very grateful to Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Conlon, Ms. Mc Donnell, Ms. Flanagan, Ms. Fleming and Mr. Mooney for helping us to make great memories. We are also indebted to our parents for giving us this wonderful opportunity.
The pressure is definitely on for next year!