My Experience

My Experience

I was lucky enough to go to London last week. Let me tell you: it was amazing! I would love to study there. From the sights, to the food and the lifestyle, everything was astonishing!

I saw a lot of sights and tourist attractions during my stay and I will tell you about my favorite ones!

The best thing was definitely the Greenwich Royal Observatory. It played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and because the Prime Meridian passes through it, it gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time, the precursor to today’s Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The observatory was huge and had lots of interesting artifacts like telescopes, globes and maps. Stepping on the Prime Meridian felt amazing. I had one foot in the Eastern Hemisphere and the other in the Western Hemisphere.

My second favorite thing was definitely SKYGARDEN. Sky Garden is London’s highest public garden located on the 36th and 38th floors at 20 Fenchurch Street, a commercial skyscraper in the City of London. The views from up there are breathtaking, I might say that they’re better than the ones from the London Eye (speaking from experience). From the terrace of the garden you can see: the Shard, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, the London Eye, Tate Modern and even the top of Big Ben! The best part of it is definitely the luxurious garden, the cafés and bars and it’s completely free! The only thing that you should do is to make a reservation on their website to avoid long lines.

Another thing that I loved was the Harry Potter Photographical Exhibition at Covent Garden. This was right up my alley, because I love both the books and the movies very much. There you could see set items like the Dursley’s house chimney, the Flying Ford Anglia or even Hagrid bike. You could also see Hermione’s Hogwarts uniform and costumes from the brand new Fantastic Beast 2. I really enjoyed the experience, especially the butterbeer bar at the end. The butterbeer tasted just like I imagined watching the films. At the exit there was also a gift shop but it didn’t have such a wide variety of products like the Kings Cross platform 9¾ shop.

If you are a Potterhead I really recommend this experience especially because it’s located in the heart of London, and I urge you to go to platform 9¾ at Kings Cross for the shop and for a fun trolley photo op.

I’ll be back next month with more fun things to do in London!

So, stay tuned!

Erick Ionescu, 9 E

The Rock

The Rock

God made a rock.

The rock stayed in its place
And it got covered in moss
And the moss was too hot
In the summer
And the ground beneath
Grew too soft, too smooth,
Yet impossible to move from
So God moved the rock
In a new place
But the new place was hard, solid, uncomfortable
And without the moss
It was cold in the winter.
The rock wanted to go back.
But now, back in its first home
It wouldn’t be long
Before the rock would ask
To be moved again
And God said „Aren’t you
The most tragic being of them all?”


I can taste the smashing of bones
On my tongue
Because of how real it feels
But what do I care?
I’m drowning,
I can feel my lungs expand
In my chest
Trying to fill themselves with air :
They fight, they tremble, they try.
They shatter.
I can’t breathe.
I’m drowning,
I can feel my skin bruise on my flesh
And my flesh shake under my skin
And there’s nothing I can do
I’m drowning,
I feel my everything so very vaguely
I no longer know who I am
Or if I ever was somebody
And if I try, I don’t know if I can
Be a person.
Can a sack of solid thoughts measure a heart?
Can it outweigh it?
Does it matter?
I’m drowning,
I only want to breathe once more
Before I go all the way down
And I no longer know
My way up,
My way home,
My way to my heart.
I’m drowning,
Tell me, will you
Drown with me?
Hold my hand as water fills your lungs,
Kiss my lips as your skin turns sour,
Hold me as our heartbeats quiet down,
Tell me you love me as I curse you,
Doom you, drag you down below
With me?
And we’re drowning,
Izabela Coșe, 12E