6B goes Brussels

Veröffentlicht am 30.06.2017

For our pro­ject days our class, 6B, tra­vel­led to Brus­sels with our his­tory teacher Dr. Sieg­frid Opelka. Our flight was early in the morning of the 23rd of June. Upon arri­val, we che­cked in at the Mei­nin­ger Hotel, which was ori­gi­nally built as a fac­tory. We were given two medium-sized rooms with bunk beds.
The beauty about field trips is that you can go into detail. We had two the­ma­tic prio­ri­ties: Politics / EU insti­tu­ti­ons and his­tory.
We addres­sed the first one imme­dia­tely: after having che­cked in we went to the Per­ma­nent Repre­sen­ta­tion of Aus­tria to the EU” where we had an intro­duc­tory ses­sion with Bot­schafts­rä­tin Mag. Mirjam Dondi. Our first high­light was the ses­sion with Ambas­sa­dor Mag. Alex­an­der Kmentt after­wards. We dis­cus­sed ques­ti­ons con­cerning the Euro­pean Union, disar­ma­ment and his job. This expe­ri­ence helped us to fur­ther expand upon our exis­ting know­ledge of the EU. The fourth day was devo­ted to politics as well as we paid a visit to the EU par­lia­ment and had a ques­tion and answer ses­sion with MEP Dr. Joe Wei­den­hol­zer (S&D).

His­tory was given a lot of space as well: we had a tour of Brus­sels, where we saw many famous land­marks, such as the Man­ne­ken Pis” and Grote Markt”. On Sunday, we walked the streets of Bruges, a pre­ser­ved medi­eval city, with Pro­fes­sor Kmentt as our tour guide. We were divi­ded into three groups, and were given ques­ti­ons to answer during our stay. We dis­cus­sed the influ­ence of guilds, dif­fe­rent forms of medi­eval govern­ments, the impact of geo­gra­phy on the city and the con­se­quen­ces of the dis­co­very of the USA on North Sea Trade. The fol­lo­wing day, we tra­vel­led to the famous batt­le­field of Water­loo, where Napoleon’s army was defea­ted by the Bri­tish and Prus­si­ans. We lear­ned a lot about the build-up of the battle, the battle itself – we walked the batt­le­field and had to deve­lop a stra­tegy to con­quer Hou­go­u­mont farm (which was not taken by the French on that day in June 1815) – and, most import­antly, dis­cus­sed the con­se­quen­ces this one battle had on the fate of a whole con­ti­nent.

As Bel­gium is known for its exqui­site cho­co­late, we deci­ded to visit a cho­co­late museum close to the main square on the very last day. Most of the class took part in a tour, where we were given a brief his­tory of the deve­lop­ment of the use of cho­co­late over the years. Directly after our con­clu­sion at the museum, we had to head to the air­port in order to catch our flight back to Vienna in the after­noon. The ending to a fan­ta­s­tic trip all of us enjoyed a lot!

Ses­sion with Ambas­sa­dor Mag. Alex­an­der Kmentt

Prof. Kmentt working with 6B at Water­loo Memo­rial

MEP Dr. Josef Wei­den­hol­zer and 6B in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment