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Jamie Baker | University of Sunderland

Sports Journalism BA (Hons)

Berlin 2013

As you might’ve gathered from previous blogs, I like to stay involved with as many groups and organisations as possible; after all, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know!

I still keep in touch with the staff and students of my old high school and because of that link, I was asked to staff a school visit to Berlin, Germany. The trip itself was from the music department; the students aged 11-18 are part of a highly successful school choir, winning awards and performing across the region in venues like The Sage Gateshead, the Metro Radio Arena and even performing with Sunderland band ‘The Futureheads’.

We were away for 5 days and performed 2 concerts at venues in Berlin. The rest of the time was dedicated to seeing the sights and absorbing the very rich culture and history of the city. We visited the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Television Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial and a host of other places. It was one of those trips where it’s difficult to remember what you did and when because you did so much; it was a hugely enjoyable trip and I learned a lot from staff and students alike, not just what you should do, but what you shouldn’t.

It’s another example of when University teaching staff have been supportive and understanding of other commitments outside of uni.SAM_0061

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