BRHS students who went abroad spent some time in London visiting historic sites like the Big Ben clock tower and bell. | Submitted
BRHS students who went abroad spent some time in London visiting historic sites like the Big Ben clock tower and bell. | Submitted

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BRHS students gain culural experiences during Spring Break trip abroad

Published 12:51pm Thursday, April 11, 2013

Traveling the globe was the spring break agenda for 22 Benjamin Russell High School students – or, at least, traveling to three countries in Europe.

Students from every grade had the opportunity to sign up for the 10-day trip. It’s a spring break adventure that’s been offered for 20 years by AP history teacher Donald Hodge.

Rosie Lamberth was one of the students who took this year’s trip to Paris, London and Madrid.

“I thought it was so much fun and a good way to travel around Europe and see lots of different things,” Lamberth said.

From the Eiffel Tower to Big Ben and everything in between – shopping in Paris, trying new foods and watching flamenco – students got a cultural experience during the whirlwind trip.

“It’s geared to where you do four to five hours of tours in the morning and then you have the afternoon to explore on your own,” Hodge said.

Caitlyn Jones, another student who went on the trip, said one of her favorite parts was Toledo, Spain.

“We had been stuck in cities the whole time – it was just nice because it was a lot of green and nature,” Jones said.

Lamberth said her favorite guided tour was of London.

“Learning about Parliament and all the royalty stuff interested me,” Lamberth said. “It was really fast – we just had a bus tour – it’s just took you to the main points.”

Students also experienced the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Church of Santo Tome and the London Eye, as well as many other historic and cultural sites.

“I think it gives them a different perspective of not just Alex City but the world,” Hodge said. “I don’t think anybody goes and comes back and says, ‘I wouldn’t do that again.’ Everybody enjoyed it.”

 

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