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.

GHS Term 2: A Final Reflection

GHS Term 2: A Final Reflection Well...we did it! Exams are done and boy can I smell the relief and sense of liberation in the air. Our students put forth a solid effort in preparing for their final evaluations, and proved to be successful! Taking every moment to...

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Term 2 Final Stop: Ayutthaya, Thailand

Hello Travel Journal followers! We arrived at our final destination, Ayutthaya, in the late afternoon on Sunday. We almost forgot what big and busy hotels looked like because we have spent most of our time in small boutique resorts and quiet guesthouses during our time in South East Asia.

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Thailand: Island life in Ko Lanta

I must say, we are really enjoying the island life. The pace here is something we can get used to, after all, we are staying at Relax Bay, so the only logical thing to do I believe is to relax! All jokes aside, the students are working very hard, and are using this downtime to work on their…

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Thailand: Cool Vibes in Ko Lanta

We have arrived safely in Ko Lanta! Again, I am sipping my morning coffee as I write to all of you! This is my most treasured moment of the day. Whether it be during the workweek back home in the midst of winter, on a vacation, or on a Blyth Academy program…

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Thailand: Cha Cha Chiang Rai!

As I sit here sipping my morning coffee at Resort Maryo and seeing off the crew going to the elephant sanctuary, I am reminded of how rich this experience is for all of us. One student the other day asked, “what am I going to do when I get home, I am so used to…

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We have arrived in Thailand!

We arrived safely in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Our resort at Hotel Maryo is stunning! The staff here is so lovely and they had a buffet dinner ready for us when we arrived yesterday in the late evening. Our breakfast buffet this morning was even better…

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Laos: Wam Bam Luang Prabang!

Greetings from Laos! We have arrived in the historic and charming World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in Laos. We were welcomed with a warm greeting by our hosts at the Mao Pha Sok Guesthouse who showed us to our rooms in this quaint little complex…

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Siem Reap: It’s PHARE to say we love it here!

Hi Everyone! We have been very busy here in Siem Reap but we are taking in so much culture and history every day. Yesterday our fun filled day consisted of a morning trip to Ta Phrom. This Temple looked like it belonged in a Tim Burton movie with enormous tree…

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Cambodia: Touring Siem Reap!

Hello Travel Journal followers! We have arrived in Cambodia! It feels amazing to be in a small town after having been exposed to two major cities in Asia. Siem Reap is a resort town and is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor which we will be exploring this week. It is…

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Hong Kong and Loving it!

We arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, and just by the bus transfer from the airport to the hotel, we can already sense how vibrant and densely populated this skyscraper-studded city is. People flooded the streets, we saw mountains, we saw the ocean, and…

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Bouncing Around Beijing

What a great break the weekend was. We were very lucky to have visitors from the Blyth Academy head office drop in! Andrea Varjas, the Operations Manager for GHS had an opportunity to spend time with us and see what a regular day in the life of GHS looks…

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A Message to Parents from Sam Blyth

Dear Parents and Family, I had the pleasure of visiting GHS on Saturday evening and meeting with the students in a town hall venue followed by a session with the faculty and staff. As you know the program has recently landed in the Far East. Despite this…

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Term 2 – Beijing: Off To A Great Start!

Well, we made it! After a 20 hour long journey from Athens, we are up and running in Beijing. We would like to give a warm welcome to Max, Paul and Maddie, who have joined us for Term 2! As you can imagine, sleep was the only thing on our minds when we arrived…

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Term One 2017 – A Final Note

Well, it’s official, Term 1 has ended. We celebrated last night with a final banquet. The students dressed to impress and we ate our dinner on the rooftop patio of the Stanley Hotel. The view from this rooftop cannot be beaten, on one end we have a view…

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Greece: “A” For Athens

Hello Everyone! We have touched down in Athens! Getting here was a treat. We spent one night cruising across the Mediterranean from Crete to mainland Greece. The boat we took was huge, with endless space and food for everyone’s comfort. There were…

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Greece: You Can’t Beat Crete

Wow, how the time flies! We have touched down in Crete, and are already on our fourth day! Even though Heraklion is the biggest city on the island, it feels so small compared to Rome. Our accommodation, Hotel Kastro, is smack in the middle of…

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Meet Eva – Our Blyth Student Ambassador!

Hello Travel Journal followers, Today we have a guest blogger, Eva Han, the Blyth Student Ambassador, who won a spot on GHS Term 1. Enjoy the read..."Tuesday began with a late start where we were all able to catch up on our sleep from the amazing Florence day trip. As...

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Rome: Bright and Early Morning Calls!

Since Rome is bustling with tourism more than ever during this time of year, we have not been able to see some of the main sites in peace to really take in their age and beauty. The solution to this problem seems easy; tour the city really early in the morning…

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Rome: All Roads lead to Rome!

Greetings from Rome! We have had a very fulfilling and educational week here in Rome. For starters, we had a walking tour on the second day where our guide showed us the main points in the city centre. He spent a significant amount of time at The Victor…

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We have arrived in Rome!

After a short two-hour flight, we have arrived in Rome and have settled into our new accommodation, Hostel Trust Ever. It is a charming boutique hostel that looks like it came right out of Pinterest! We have already had a chance to get our rooms, settle in…

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Barcelona: Bye Bye Barca!

Hello, travel journal followers! This morning we have to say goodbye to the Travelodge Poblenou in Barcelona. We really became well acquainted with this neighbourhood and felt very comfortable in the area. Students have learned how to use the metro, and…

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Barcelona: Class on the beach? Yes please!

Class on the beach? Class in a local café? Class at La Boquería Market? - Yes please! For the last few days our students have been having classes all over the city. I decided to join in on some of the classes and enjoyed watching our students engage in the lessons...

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Our Debut in Barcelona

We have arrived in Barcelona! I must say, walking off of the plane and feeling the heat immediately touch our skin was an instant pick me up. After an early morning departure from Oxford, it felt nice to finally arrive in Barcelona, a city with world-renowned...

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Oxford: We are loving London!

What a day! London; one of the world’s most visited cities! Five words I would use to describe London: buzzing, fascinating, multicultural, rushed and intriguing! Our day started early at 7am. We were served breakfast in a box at St. Hilda’s College, and walked...

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Oxford: Smitten for Stratford!

Stratford Upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare; one of the first facts we learned before studying our first Shakespeare play in grade 9 English class. This is where we spent our day today! The drive from Oxford to Stratford was so picturesque…

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