Global High School Travel Journal

Below are a collection of travel journal entries from the program managers and activity coordinators about the students personal and experiential education and travels.

We Made it to Athens!

We Made it to Athens! A tired group of GHS students disembarked early, and we do mean early, on Friday morning. After reclaiming the luggage, students climbed on board our coach and headed to the hotel, K29. Breakfast on the rooftop was very welcome and we were...

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The Last Day in Crete…

The Last Day in Crete… And what a day it was! The day started with the first-period class and then, with very sad faces, we checked out of our rooms in Crete. We were looking forward to our night Ferry and Athens but didn’t feel quite ready to leave this beautiful...

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Thanksgiving in Crete…Stairway to Heaven!

Thanksgiving in Crete...Stairway to Heaven! Stairway to Heaven is an accurate description of how we all feel about this magnificent little Greek island. We celebrated Thanksgiving with classes (of course) and then a visit to the beach (which was truly beautiful). A...

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Crete: Welcome to Heraklion

Welcome to Heraklion After a day of travel, GHS arrived in the beautiful seaside town of Heraklion. Our hotel, the Kastro Hotel, is wonderful and many of our rooms have balconies from which we can catch a glimpse of the sea. Our first day in Crete began with a tour of...

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Rome: Tour of Pompeii

Tour of Pompeii Next stop on our tour of Italy, Pompeii! GHS boarded the bus in the early morning to the city preserved in ash. Students received a tour from a Naples native, and explored city. Stops at the famous amphitheatre, the shopping district and the...

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Rome: Ostia Antica and the Beach

Ostia Antica and the Beach On Saturday morning GHS headed out to visit Ostia Antica or, we thought, a mini Pompeii. In actual fact, Ostia was once a city roughly the same size of Pompeii and of strategic importance to the city of Rome as it was the port of entry for...

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Rome: Gladiators and Virgins

Gladiators and Virgins Did you know that gladiators were the heroes of ancient Rome, revered in the same way as modern athletes and musicians? They weren’t all slaves, it was such an honour that free men aspired to be gladiators as well. Animals, plants and combatants...

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Rome, Sweet Rome

Rome, Sweet Rome GHS has arrived in beautiful Rome, Italy! Our first few days have already been amazing! Like true Italians, we filled our bellies with pizza our first night in town, something we haven’t gotten sick of yet. Our first excursion in Italy was a day trip...

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Adiós Barcelona, Ciao Roma

Adiós Barcelona, Ciao Roma A few sad faces on Thursday as we said our farewells to Barcelona quickly turned to smiles with our arrival in Roma. Lots of studying and homework prevailed, though, as midterm time arrived. Tests and essays were written, presentations made...

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Barcelona: Hiking and Biking

Hiking and Biking GHS students spent a very busy weekend enjoying two optional excursions. On Saturday morning we woke up early and left for our “girls day out” hiking in the Pyrenees. We met “Rod” our guide for the day and travelled on our private coach to the...

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Barcelona: Rain in Spain

Rain in Spain When it rains in Spain…it really rains…but then the sun comes out! On Wednesday evening, just as GHS was about to leave for our walk to dinner, the skies opened and a (literally) torrential downpour began. We waited for a bit, gathered up rain gear,...

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Barcelona: Sun, Sand, La Boqueria and Churches!

Sun, Sand, La Boqueria and Churches! Welcome to Barcelona! GHS has arrived in Barcelona and are now settled into our hotel and our new routine. Students are really appreciating the regular classes and study hall time as tests, essays and portfolios begin to be...

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Oxford: Stonehenge

Stonehenge We’ve been henged! Staff and students enjoyed one of the worlds most popular ancient wonders, Stonehenge, in Salisbury, England. Before making our journey to the stones, we received a tour of Bath (in my opinion, one of the most beautiful cities in...

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Oxford: Tourist or Groundling?

Tourist or Groundling? Today in London it was hard to tell the difference. We began our day by catching an early morning bus to London. The first thing we noticed was that the traffic on a Thursday is much worse than Sunday. Nevertheless, we made it to Victoria...

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Oxford: Math, murder and merchandise

Math, murder and merchandise Wednesday began early in the morning with the first (dreaded by some) unit math test of the term for both grade 11 and 12 classes. Students have been working really hard the last few days and study hall has been extended to help everyone...

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GHS 2018/19 has officially taken London!

GHS 2018/19 has officially taken London! We started our day off with a calm and scenic bus ride into town, optimal for either taking a nap (me!) or getting our homework done. Students and staff hit the ground running with the extraordinary British Museum (I’ll keep...

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Oxford: Studying at St. Hilda’s College

Studying at St. Hilda’s College We thought we would give you a peek inside our classrooms at St. Hilda’s…they don’t look much like classrooms back home. Chandeliers, French doors that open to a formal green lawn with the river in the distance, formal draperies, art...

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Oxford: Punting down the River Cherwell

Punting down the River Cherwell Greetings from Magdalen Bridge on the River Cherwell On a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon, the voices of GHS students and staff could be heard as they punted down the River Cherwell in Oxford… Rain Drops to the rescue! Where’s the...

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Look out Oxford…Here comes Global High School!

Look out Oxford...Here comes Global High School! GHS took to the streets of Oxford Thursday afternoon for what will now become our annual Scavenger Hunt! We met in “the tent” at 4 pm, quickly formed our teams and listened attentively while Kathy explained the task...

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Oxford: It’s Icebreaker Time!

It’s Icebreaker time! Last night students and staff got together in the junior common room at St. Hilda’s College for a social evening getting to know one another. After some initial reluctance, the students jumped right into the activity led by Nic. Questions such as...

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GHS 2018/2019: We have arrived in Oxford!

We have arrived in Oxford After a seamless and uneventful flight from Toronto to Oxford, we have arrived safe and sound and made ourselves comfortable in our rooms at St. Hilda’s College. Students were tired from the long journey, but you could feel the excitement as...

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2018 Valedictorian Speech

2018 Valedictorian Speech   On June 1st, 2018, Blyth Academy Global High School’s class of 2018 had their graduation. Below is the speech that Valedictorian Malaika K. gave during the ceremony. Please enjoy. "Hello, I am the American. It may not be my most...

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Class of 2018

BLYTH ACADEMY GLOBAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION 2018 On June 1st, 2018, Blyth Academy Global High School’s class of 2018 had their graduation. These students have spent the last 8 months travelling around the world, starting in Oxford and ending in Cusco....

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Exam time in Cusco

Exam time in Cusco The time has come for students to wrap up their term abroad! It has been a busy week of studying and finalizing assignments to finish our courses and get ready for summer vacation! Last we remember we were beginning our classes in San Juan del Sur,...

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