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Here is a blog of some of the trips, dinners, parties and events we have had at Language Cafe, in Salford, Manchester and the North of England.
Chinese New Year, 10th February, 2013
The snake is the animal of this Chinese year. In the Chinese calendar we are in 4711 and this Sunday Manchester hosted he Chinese New Year with freezing weather. In this festival there weren't only Chinese people but all nationalities, including English, French, Spanish, Saudi, Brazilian, Italian, Kuwaiti, Columbian and Polish - and that was only in the LC group! After his lunch in the Chinese buffet, the dragon came out to dance in the street. Finally, for the new moon, fireworks exploded in the night sky (6pm - English night!) (by Jeremy Philippe, France and Estefania Gonzalez, Columbia)
Halloween Party, 2nd November, 2012
Nowadays, a lot of people in the world on Halloween night wear costumes, prepare parties with their friends and families and kids go from house to house. They knock on doors and say "Trick or treat". The owner of each house gives them sweets, or else the children play a trick on them! In Language Cafe nobody went from house to house because we had a party in school and everybody brought drinks and sweets. To tell the truth, that night the school looked so spooky. There were spiders, little mice, cobwebs and pumpkins everywhere. Everyone wore costumes and all of them were terrifying! There were people that looked like a mouse, cat (without tail), witch (without broomstick) and a lot of horrible masks... That night I couldn't sleep! (by Laura Mompean Galvez, Spain)
Bury Market, 20th October, 2012
Bury Market is the best market in the UK in 2012. We went there in a group of nine students from different countries. Bury market is a huge market that contains everything that we need nowadays. You can find food, clothes and even machines. All of us took one different aisle from the other so we spread all around the market. Then, in the end, we had fish, chips and peas for our lunch and only Monica ate a beefburger. What a lovely trip! (by Ghadeer Ben Nakhi, Kuwait)
Liverpool, 13th October, 2012
Liverpool is a modern city in the Northwest of England. It's the city where the Beatles began. We visited Mathew Street where you can find The Cavern, the club where the Bealtes had their first concert (I guess). Outside the Liverpool museum there are Lambananas, which are funny statues and a mix of a lamb and a banana. We went to the cathedral too and we joked with Maher. It was a funny day but Rainchester is better! (by Monica Vielmi, Italy)
Tatton Park Medieval Fayre, July, 2012
Tatton Park is a beautiful area situated South of Manchester. It has an old hall, stately home, gardens, a farm, a cafe and more. The day we visited there was a medieval fayre so we found hundreds of people dressed in traditional medieval English clothes, living in tents, making cotton, cooking food on the fire and engaging in other activities common to those times.
LC's Got Talent, June, 2012
Jamie decided that Language Cafe had talent and that we should do a talent contest in order to find the best. I don't think any of us will ever forget Ricardo's amazing YMCA dancing but the stars of the show were our lovely Frandra (Fran and Sandra) - the dream team of Fran singing on guitar and Sandra using her newly learned British sign language to sign the words of the song. Simply amazing!
Manchester Museum and Rusholme, May, 2012
Manchester Museum opened its doors at night for people to visit so we all decided to go and basically make a lot of noise, play with all the props and a game of croquet. After, we went to dinner in Rusholme for traditional Arabic food. It took us about an hour to decide which restaurant!
The Big Dinner, May, 2012
There is nothing Language Cafe students like more than to eat! And particularly Maher from Syria! So, everybody made food traditional from their country and Jess from France made a cake especially for Maher. Unfortunately, Maher didn't show up and Jess has never really forgiven him!
Anti-Valentines Party, February, 2012
So, usually on valentine's day everyone is full of love. The students at Language Cafe, however, decided that they were not in the mood for love this year and retitled the event 'Anti-Valentine'. Even Nawaf made an appearance as did mum.
Halloween Party, October, 2011
Everyone made a great effort with the costumes for the party. The Libyan boys came as pirates, Frankie dressed as a smurf and I didn't even recognise Lauriki with her black hair!
Lancaster and Theatre, July, 2011
Our great friend Matthew (the creator of this website) was acting in a theatre production of Jekyll and Hyde for charity. So, eighteen of us went for the day to the small town of Lancaster, visiting the museum and a tiny traditional cottage. We had English cream tea (tea, sandwiches, cakes and scones) in an old English pub. Whilst everyone had a cup of tea, Max from Italy asked for wine - or as he called it, 'Italian tea'. After the theatre, we ran through the town to catch the last train home. It was a truly amazing day!
Old Trafford, 25th July, 2011
No trip to Manchester is complete without a visit to the famous Old Trafford, Manchester United's football stadium. Here you can do a tour around the stadium, go through the tunnel, see the players' changing rooms and marvel at the hundreds of trophies in the Reds Museum.
Bexley Victorian Day, 26th June, 2011
The local community centre, the Angel Centre, often host local community fun days and LC were invited to join in. The school became the psychic parlour where our Saudi friend Mohamed dressed up as a pirate and pretended to read people's fortunes. Bexley Square was taken back in time with people dressed in victorian clothes and playing victorian school games.
Ordsall Hall, 19th June 2011
Ordsall Hall is a Grade 1 listed building dating back 750 years. It is situated not far from our school and inside you can see how life used to be like in the days of the past. You can even dress up in traditional medieval English clothes, which of course we did!
York, 16th June, 2011
At the request of Tan from Thailand, we took a day trip to York, one of England's most beautiful and most historical cities. A long time ago, this city used to be the capital of England and nowadays it is said to be the most haunted. It is a medieval town with lots of small, windy streets and famous chocolate shops.
The Royal Wedding, 29th May, 2011
Nobody was more excited than Elena, our Spanish teacher, about Prince William and Kate getting married - although she still felt that of course it should be her he was marrying and not Kate. The wedding was quite beautiful and everybody paid special attention to the dress - except perhaps the boys, who were more interested in the food.
3 Birthdays Party, 6th May, 2011
With three birthdays in Language Cafe, of course we had to have a party. Nouf from Saudi Arabia, Javier from Spain and Fanny from France each were given a birthday cake each and we all celebrated late into the night.
Chester, 16th April, 2011
Chester is a beautiful, old medieval and Roman city. We were lucky to have a sunny day as we enjoyed a traditional English breakfast in an English tearoom, ate ice-creams by the river and watched the street artists performing their tricks. We represented 7 countries: England, Ireland, Russia, Italy, Spain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
St Patrick's Day Parade, 13th March, 2011
The Irish are extremely proud to be Irish and every year they do a parade in the city centre, celebrating everything Irish. We gathered in Albert Square to see the dancing, music and to try the Irish food and drink.
Lymm, 21st November, 2010
We took a trip into the Mancunian countryside to a small village called Lymm where there is a small lake and traditional cobbled streets. Enric and Nouf tried English tea and scones with jam and cream. This is a typical English cake and they both liked it! Then, we walked around the lake in the cold Winter weather and heard the bells tolling from the big, old church. After that, we went to my mum’s house for Sunday dinner.
Opening Party, 13th November, 2010
All the family and friends came together to celebrate the new school building at 7-9 Bexley Square. Local councilors came to show their support, along with new and old students from near and far. Thank you to everyone who came to show their support!
Chatsworth Hall, 24th July 2010
We set off early from Salford to take the scenic roads all the way to Chatsworth Hall in the Peak District. We passed valleys and rivers, mountains and forests to get to the beautiful old country house. Once there, we explored the luxurious and lavish old rooms of the 16th century home. Then, we ventured outside into the vast gardens where we played games on the lawn and raced boys against girls in the maze - the girls won! It was a truly beautiful day out with friends!
Hard Rock Cafe, 21st May, 2010
To celebrate the end of exams for some and to say good bye to others who are leaving for the summer, we all got together for a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester. The Hard Rock Cafe is famous all over the world for its musical memorabilia. There were almost 20 of us representing 7 different countries. We gave the waiter a headache and had the biggest table in the restaurant!
Blackpool, 22nd April, 2010
Blackpool is an old seaside town in the Northwest of England. It is where the English people used to spend their holidays in the Victorian times and still many people go there today for a fun day out. Despite the rain, Tariq, Mohamed, Super Max and I had fun on the rollercoaster rides! We queued for a long time to eat traditional fish and chips (Mohamed’s first experience of fish and chips!) and were very happy when the Omani family arrived as a surprise!
Bramhall Hall, 13th March 2010
On a cloudy day in Manchester, 18 of us met to visit Bramall Hall in Stockport. This is an extremely old hall situated in a beautiful park land. There were 7 different nationalities and the entertainment was provided by Majed’s little brother, Husam! A lovely English lady, named Jean, gave us a very informative tour of the hall and all its history. Sheeyam (5) from Oman was set the task of finding the mice hidden in each room, which she thoroughly enjoyed! After seeing the house, we took a short walk around the park. Here, Husam rolled down the hill and threatened to push us in the river and Mahmood fed the ducks!