The city of Birmingham has been twinned with Frankfurt in Germany for over 40 years and for the last twelve winters, Birmingham city centre has played host to the Frankfurt Christmas Market. The Frankfurt Christmas Market, which opened on 14th November this year, offers the people of Birmingham, and anyone else who wants to visit, the opportunity to experience a…

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So in my Spanish Language Skills class at university yesterday afternoon (well, technically 2 days ago, as I write this at 00:10) we had a really nice lady called Shadia come to speak to us about an organisation called Volunteach Peru. This organisation recruits British students, and only British students, to work as English language teaching assistants at schools in…

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At my secondary school the first language that everyone is taught is Spanish, a subject that I continued on to GCSE level, at which I gained an A, and then onto A Level, at which I got a C. As part of the first year of the A Level Spanish course my classmates and I had the opportunity to spend…

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My first experience going abroad without my family was during year 8 of secondary school. I was 13 years old and was on a trip to the French capital with my school. We were able to choose between going to Paris, France or Madrid, Spain, and I chose Paris because, at the time I thought myself quite the master (well,…

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As a young child, I often holidayed in France, in particular the Mediterranean coast. My family and I camped in tents or stayed in mobile homes on various campsites up and down the coast. After 6 or 7 years we moved to the west coast for our holidays and did the same, although we took our own tents and cooking…

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