Our trip to Vermont
Early in the morning of 18 October an excited group of 17 German students and their teachers Ms. Gimber and Mr. Mattern began their journey over the Atlantic to Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont. After arriving at Newark airport, an original yellow American school bus took us into the heart of the Green Mountain State, Vermont.
At “Long Trail” we attended regular classes. We also had plenty of study time in the Whalen common room where we hung out, talked, worked and optimized our chess skills. We saw exciting soccer games with the Long Trail Mountain Lions and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere in the teachers’ classrooms, which I personally enjoyed a lot.
An important aspect of our trip was local culture. We visited the Mass MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Art museum in North Adams, Massachusetts and the Lincoln family home, called Hildene, in Manchester, Vermont. Another trip took us to the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester where the whole group gave free rein to their artistic vein with some surprising results. Unforgotten is our fall activity. Inspired by fresh donuts from the Dorset Union Store, we enthusiastically carved pumpkins. The Halloween Dance on the last school day of our stay was the final highlight of our trip.
At the weekends, we spent time with our host families and learned about American culture and family life. Some of us went shopping in the nearest cities Albany or Burlington. The bravest among us had the opportunity to join the one and only “Long Trail Mountain Bike Trip”. We had a fantastic time on the Kingdom Trails in East Burke in the very north of Vermont where we did not only improve our biking skills but also witnessed the first snow this winter.
Overall, I think we all took home a piece of the friendly American Way of Life, which we were part of at “Long Trail”. Furthermore, we are thankful to have had the chance to visit an interesting country and enjoy all the typical American things such as food, culture and lifestyle. We would also like to thank Long Trail School and our hosts for making this trip possible for us!
We made a lot of new friends and had exciting experiences at “Long Trail”. After eleven interesting days, we sadly had to say goodbye to our hosts and “Long Trail” friends to catch our bus to the airport. After a teary farewell, we started our homeward journey on a last memorable ride in Long Trail’s yellow school bus.
In conclusion, there is just one thing left to say. Vermont was amazing!
Text: Emma Brunner, Lernpartnerin
Foto: Karl Mattern, Lernbegleiter