26 April 2012
Lower 6 in Liechtenstein
During the Easter holidays, 9 members of the Lower 6 set off on an epic journey to Liechtenstein accompanied by Mr Croston. I’m not sure we had quite appreciated how small Liechtenstein is; no airport or even a railway station, but we certainly appreciated its beauty.
The business part of the trip was a few days in school but there were also lots of excursions for us to get a better flavour of the region, which included some alpine walking and a couple of industry visits both of which were fascinating: one gave us the opportunity to dress up in white coats and hairnets as we visited a food factory; the second gave us a chance to see high-tech engineering at first hand. We also visited the national parliament where we found out about democracy Liechtenstein style and had the chance to question the Parliamentary representative about the nature of Liechtenstein's absolute monarchy as well as visiting the national art collection where we had a workshop on portraits before we tried to create our own Julian Opie style masterpiece. Another interesting morning was spent hearing HSH (His Serene Highnes) Hans-Adam II talk about his vision of politics and the future of the nation state. His vision could be summed up by the idea that every state should aim to become a little more like Liechtenstein !
The whole group arrived home tired but happy and most importantly feeling a little more confident about their German and wanting to visit Central Europe again !