Christelijk Gymnasium Utrecht - Season XII - December 2016

De nombreux kilomètres , quelques nappes de brouillard et quelques brèves angoisses avant d’arriver à Utrecht ... et tout le groupe ( 26 élèves de 1èreL et 1èreES3) est psychologiquement prêt à se confronter à la différence dans les modes de vie , à changer de famille pour quelques jours et à tenter de faire son chemin entre les ’goedemorgen’, les ’alsjeblieft’ et les ’dankjewel’ ....

Juliette : The family of my partner are very nice and welcolming but her little sister is very shy so she didn’t talk to me. The house has 3 floors and it is very high.The house is beautiful, I like the decoration . It’s a typical house. They eat organic food and they care about the environnement so it’s good. I was surprised when I saw all the bicycles on the street.The school is big and modern.
Amelie - The reception of the family ;
My family is very nice and welcoming !
The house is very cute and resembles those of its district.
Camille : I was really nervous to go to an other family ! I immediately recognized my correspondent. We talked during the trip to their house. I live in a typical house which looks like the other ones in the district. The family was really friendly And welcoming ! They proposed me to eat something. Their house has 3 floors and it’s high. The doors are really big ! They have made their Christmas tree ! The house is really cosy. My correspondant is really kind we have the same hobbies ! She showed me her books and other stuff. The road is very flat.
Eloise : My family is very welcoming. They live in a house which looks like the other houses in the street. It may be a typical one, made of bricks. Inside, its very nice and designed, but the stairs are very steep. They are very close to nature and environment. The streets are very flat, so bike have rspecial lanes like cars ; I was very surprised by the number of bikes. The bikes are diferent because there is no brakes . But i was too little for my bike so we took the train. It was very busy because it’s a big town.
Fabien :
The familly was very homecoming , the cycling regulations are very spécial . The school is different but it is good Because the big hall in the center of the school was very nice .
Morgane :
Vanille and Morgane : at school, we saw that students are more free so they looked more motivated to work than we are in France. Here, they are a lot using bikes to go to school and even adults to go to work. They welcomed us very well !! I think it is going to be a good trip !

Entre les soirées en famille , 4 jours de visites pour donner une idée de la diversité historique, culturelle , humaine .. c’est peu, c’est dense.. c’est une invitation à revenir ... Quelques impressions des uns et des autres ...

Maella & Fabien - Zaanse Schans
We visited Zaanse Schans , a little village near Amsterdam. We discovered a beautiful place in the cliché of Holland with windmills that line the canal, old traditional houses and museums. We had the opportunity to visit one of these mills which was used to saw wood and we took some photos together in front of the river . Finally we were able to stroll along the canal in the smells of hot chocolate . We loved this visit thanks to the landscape but the place was a bit too touristy because of teh many souvenir shops ..

Alex and Simon - the Harbour of Rotterdam :
We thought the visit of the harbour in Rotterdam was really impressive ! We saw a lot of huge cargo ships, with massive shipping containers. It was a super good experience. Actually Rotterdam looks way more modern than Amsterdam and Utrecht so it was good to see a different part of the country. My correspondant prefers Rotterdam because of that. He thinks it’s a super modern city. Rotterdam is the biggest shipping port in Europe, the 8th biggest port in the world after Shangai and a few others. Rotterdam is the 2nd biggest city in Holland, unfortunately we didn’t get any time to visit the old part of the city. But I went there already a few years ago and there are awesome buildings, made by famous architects, such as the Cube Houses. According to the architects Amsterdam is the city of the past, Rotterdam is the city of the future. It’s a very arty city. In conclusion, we were very impressed by that boat trip that helped us to know a bit more about that impressive city. We both loved the exchange and we are looking forward for the Netherlands students coming over. Thank you for organizing this opportunity.

Eloïse & Juliette - Amsterdam :
Amsterdam began as a village by a dam in the river Amstel, around 1250. It has always used the river and the sea for trade and defense. The first canals were dug to protect the city, but as it grew, new canals had to be dug and a whole system of waterways was created. These canals were easy to use for trading and transporting goods, which made Amsterdam very rich. Then in the ‘Golden Age’, the 17th century, Amsterdam expanded with the three most important and famous canals : the ‘Herengracht, Prinsesgracht and Keizersgracht’. These form the so-called ‘canal belt’ which is world heritage today.

Naomie & Margot : Anne Frank’s house
On Tuesday we went to Anne Frank’s house and that was impressive because we could realize that real people lived there because of the pictures, the sink and the tapestry. Furthermore we lived this in two different ways to because Margot had read the book and seen the movie and I hadn’t but I had seen The Fault In Our Stars so that was also a totally different way to live it even though it would’ve been better to live it if I’d read the book
It’s a pity that the furniture was gone. But the sink was still there so that was good and the pictures on the walls help us to put ourselves in Anne Frank’s shoes. I loved the quotes written on the walls
especially this one : ‘To build a future, you have to know your past’- (Otto Frank 1967.)
and ‘during the day our curtains can’t be open not even an inch’ 28 Nov 1942- Written on the curtains !
The stairs were really straight. The fact that her diary and her paperwork were there was helpful ?
Naomie : If all those paperwork, quotes and diary hadn’t been there it would’ve been harder for me to get into Anne’s shoes . In the film and in the book there is a scene where they flirt (and kiss ?) in the attic, so I was trying to imagine this scene in real life from downstairs because we couldn’t go upstairs.

Eva & Amélie - the Rijskmuseum : The outside of the Rijksmuseum was very impressive. It is really big. It has 4 floors, all of them about a different period. The museum shows a lot of famous paintings like « La laitière » (Johannes Vermeer) or paintings by Rembrandt. With its 4 floors, you find art for all tastes, paintings but also sculptures, ceramics or furniture. It’s the first museum I see with a shop on the way out. I liked visiting it, I find the museum really interesting but maybe a little bit long. You’ve got a lot of things inside and you can’t visit all the museum in one afternoon.

Jeanne and Udo : the Maritime Museum
On Wednesday 14th, we went to the Maritime Museum. Its real name, in Dutch, is Scheepvaartmuseum. It is a huge museum situated in Amsterdam. In the Maritime Museum we could see the Maritime Dutch culture throughout the centuries. This museum is made for everyone, from children to old people.
When we arrived, we discovered a very impressive courtyard. Then with an audio guide, we could discover this very interesting place. This museum has a very important collection. Indeed we could see nearly 300 000 masterpieces especially atlases, globes and ship models.
This is also a very educative museum from children to people who are keen on Maritime history. There are indeed different parts, some more for children with games, electronic objects and we could even go into a whale for example, and some parts are « more serious » with historical explanations and paintings. There is even a room in which we were like inside a container in the port of Rotterdam. That was really good.
But the main attraction was outside. Indeed there is the replica of the East Indiaman, an old Dutch ship. Everyone was very surprised to see that we could go everywhere we wanted, from the captain’s cabin to the toilets. Everything was very realistic and we had the impression to be back to a few centuries ago. From the boat we also had a magnificent view of Amsterdam.
It is a very modern museum with one of the greatest Maritime collections in the whole world. This museum is very famous in Amsterdam : an attraction to do. Everyone took loads of photos to keep in mind this particular moment. And without doubt, if one of us comes to Amsterdam again, he will certainly go back to this amazing museum, the Maritime Museum.

Luna & Vanille : The Portuguese Synagogue
We visited the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam, where the Portuguese synagogue was built in the seventeenth century between 1671 and 1675. At that time, the Jewish community in Amsterdam was undoubtedly the largest in Europe, as the size of this monument can demonstrate,. However, the Jewish community no longer comes to pray here, the monument is extremely expensive to heat, so the Jews can go and pray in a smaller and less cold monument. My impressions ? First of all, I am not someone who practices or believes in a religion, so I am not generally moved by religious monuments. So I was not impressed and didn’t feel anything special when we entered the synagogue. Although it is a place of prayer, festivals, weddings, I found this place austere and lugubrious,. However it was a great discovery since I had never visited a synagogue before, I hope to have the opportunity to visit a mosque or a Buddhist temple.

Gwenvred and Louise - The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
The Van Gogh Museum offers a lot of paintings , essentially by Van Gogh but also by Edward Munch or others on 3 floors . We prefered the second floor because we could see two famous paintings : the ’Bedroom’ ( 1888) and ’the Sun flowers’ painted in 1853. The atmosphere is very good and calm. The audioguide was very helpful and we learnt a lot of things from the explanations we heard , the hats he wore on the paintings and the new techniques he used to improve colors . Colors are juxtaposed, never mixed .. He also painted a lot of self-portraits because models were too expensive ..

Aurélie and Lucie about the Unesco workshop with Corinne Boureau :
We met Corinne Bourreau in Utrecht, we interviewed her about her book Télémaque ! Télémaque was an African slave, who worked in a plantation when he was kidnapped by an English captain in Haïti in 1757. He traveled on a boat, and during an attack by a French boat, the English captain was wounded. The French captain took care of him and to thank him the English captain gave Télémaque to him.
Finally he arrived in Plouenan, he was rescued by the rector of the town and he was baptized. He was the only blackman in the town, he was deeply moved by this. The writer did a lot of research to give us as many details as possible. We found this story very moving and interesting because it’s based on a true story.

Et voilà .. il est déjà temps de partir .. avec toutes ces différences , ces lumières de fêtes , ces morceaux de chansons de compétition encore un peu accrochés au larynx ...ces regards désormais familiers dans les yeux et que l’on voudrait déjà revoir .. mais il faudra attendre le 18 mars , le printemps ...et retrouver le cadre familier de notre école à nous .. que peut-être on regardera avec des yeux , justement, ...un peu nouveaux ...

Camille & Morgane at the CGU : We thought that the school is very permissive, the students can talk during the class. They can play with their phones and listen to music !! They can also leave the class and come back if they want to . The school is small compared to our own. There isn’t a lot of students ! The relationship between students and teachers is really permissive. They can call their teacher by their first name ! And they say ‘tu’ to the teachers. The students have to take their own food with them fro midday. We think they won’t love to always bring sandwiches. They haven’t got a cantine. Almost all the students have to take their bicycle to go to school. I was surprised to see all these bicycles ! It’s good because like this they can practice sports everyday. There is a sort of assembly hall called the Atrium, and the classes are all around it. In the morning we went to attend lessons in different subjects. But when we weren’t in languages we didn’t understand what they were saying. It was really different from our school.
Eva at the CGU : We followed an English class. It was different from in France. In some classes they have a sort of box to put their cell phones in at the beginning of the class, they can have their ear-sets and they use their phones.
Juliette at the CGU : I was surprised when I saw all the bicycles on the street.The school is big and modern. Thejunior and senior highschools are mixed. There is not many students in class. The lesson is very permissive, students have the right to eat and drink in class. The school is in the shape of a square.
Amélie at the CGU : French class with young students : The students gave us a warm recepion but they were a little bit intimidated and restless. They have studied French for 3 years so the level is still beginners but they manage
Margot at the CGU :The history class was really different from ours : they made a presentation in front of the class, but it was very long, they were four and they spoke for about 10min to 15min. However they can have their phone on their table..

Publié le : lundi 19 décembre 2016

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