London blog by Nina: Who let us go to London?

Hi, my name is Nina and I am 16 years old. This is my first time being away from home and so far, it has been a very fun experience.

I live with my host mother in Crouch End, which is very close to St. Giles and Finsbury Park Station.

My host mother is a vegan, feminist and activist. She protests Brexit and is very into politics. I had some difficulties getting used to the veganism and the constant politic talks but now it has become my daily life. I get along quite well with my host mother, but it is still weird being in someone else’s home.


I have seen so many different places already. Oxford Street, Camden Town, Westminster, Tower Bridge, Notting Hill Carnival, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Bridge, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. My favourite place is Trafalgar Square and my least favourite is Oxford Street, because of my wallet and I highly dislike shopping.


Going to St. Giles is amazing, the teachers are so dedicated and I actually enjoy going to school. They do give a lot of homework though. Unfortunately, next week will be the last week at St. Giles before we start working. Although I am looking forward to working at Frances King, I will miss St. Giles.

My week has been quite funny. In the mornings, we have BEC Higher preparations, where we work with our Benchmark books. I must admit, the morning lessons are very challenging, there is no time for jokes and because we don’t have that much time, we must be very productive. This week we had a substitute teacher on Wednesday (Beyoncé’s birthday), and he does not believe in climate change, so we spent one lesson arguing with him over carbon dioxide, amazon fires and the changing temperatures. He wanted to show us a different perspective of it. Although it was ridiculous, I liked arguing about it.


In the afternoon, we have general English with students from everywhere. It is always very funny to meet and talk to people from different places, which is also something I love at St. Giles. We had a fieldtrip on Friday and went to the bank of England museum. It was very interesting, especially seeing the old banknotes, coins and the fact that the British denomination only goes up to 50£ compared to Switzerland. There was a gold bar which weighed 13kg and you could try and lift it up. “Switzerland” was written on all the gold in the museum, which I also thought was quite interesting.


After the museum, our teacher took us to the Borough Market, where we could grab some lunch and then head back to school. On the way to the Borough Market, we stopped by the monument to the great fire of London. After school, my friends and I went to Leicester Square to eat dinner and then we walked around Piccadilly Circus to Trafalgar Square. There are so many musicians, magicians and performers in the streets, you are always entertained in London.


On Saturday, we went to Covent Garden. Covent Garden is a great place to go shopping if money ever starts growing on trees. It is a district in London, full of restaurants, stores and markets (Camden Town for rich people). In the evening, we went out for desserts at Charing Cross.


I love hearing English everywhere I go, the people are much friendlier here and everything is so much cheaper. I am enjoying my time in England, although I miss home a lot. There is still so much to see and so much to do.


I am looking forward to the rest of this experience and I want to enjoy it to the fullest. Nina


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