During the half term, History students from years 12 and 13 visited Russia on an unforgettable trip. After hearing about the record-breaking snow that had fallen in the weeks before we arrived, it was no surprise to see Russia covered in a blanket of snow yet unlike how Britain would be, everyone was carrying on with day to day life! However, we prepared for the cold (up to -15 degrees!) and armed with our thermals, we set out to discover Russia’s past.
We started our trip in Moscow before taking the night train to St Petersburg. The group were divided on which was better as they were a bit different with St Petersburg being more westernised than Moscow. We visited many places which included the Gulag museum in Moscow and the Yusipov Palace in St Petersburg. Our days were spent visiting breathtakingly opulent palaces with gold in abundance, and the evenings spent seeing the sights by night, a Folklore show and visiting a Cold War Bunker all of which were incredible in different ways. For many the highlight was walking through Red Square and seeing Lenin’s Mausoleum which was surreal considering the official, guarded cemetery was opposite an ice rink with stalls playing Christmas music!
There was never a dull moment; it’s one thing learning about events in the classroom but visiting the actual sites they took place in is another!
Overall the trip was amazing and we would recommend visiting to everyone.
Holly M, Year 12