As every year, the presentation of the GLC II excursion was
a big success. For one day it felt like having Scotland right in front of the
Audimax: Scottish food, whisky, dancing, music, history trail, fairy tales,
lots of Scots and even Nessie.
Numerous visitors came and were impressed by the work of the students, showing great interest in all of the projects. All activities met with enthusiasm, and even the information boards were read carefully.
After the fair, all the students were exhausted, but the positive feedback made the effort well worthwhile!
Nicola Spengler, Marcus Müller, Anika Samosny, Nina
About 700 years after I, William Wallace, had been beheaded in London by the bloody hands of those English bastards, I recently came to new honour. I was invited to a Scottish fair by a group of young enthusiastic students in Siegen. On the very day I arrived at this building they call a university, I discovered that I had become an idol. My humble name and my so-called legend was somehow synonymous with Scotland, which is definitely as much exaggerated as the saying that the Englishmen really ruled Scotland!
But these students did a lot of work on the reputation of my country. I saw some walls with papers on them where the Scottish history was written down. I also saw my name on it and the places where we fought for our freedom long ago. That was quite impressive for I never thought that our troubles with the English would attract such attention in world history.
Not to speak of what happened after my death! I never expected Scotland to play football in the World Cup! And imagine my astonishment when I discovered that the students had also invited Nessie to Siegen! This old lady is still alive. And still they don't have a clue of what she looks like... I know her. I once swam with her... but that's another story...
Then they amazed me still further when I saw some of my favourite foods on the first floor. I would have died for these cookies... oh, I have! Besides the introduction of our most famous writers and the Scottish school system (what the hell is that?), another highlight was presented: The water of life, the golden juice of the highlands... my whisky. But my joy vanished quickly. What do they call whisky nowadays?? A boring soup of malty water not much better than English tea. But they tried... and that is much more than I could have expected.
All together it was a nice fair and I really enjoyed myself, surrounded by 700 years of Scottish history and the unique Scottish atmosphere again. All good things must come to an end and so I left this little group of outstanding bravehearts in the late hours of the same day. Back to my highlands. Back in history...
William Wallace (alias Daniel Schäfer),
Susanne Arens and Christian Pesch
As a visitor to the Scottish Fair, I was first attracted by
the bright decorations in blue and white, the Scottish national colors. The
program was appealing, too: live Celtic music, fairy tales, History Trail quiz,
Nessie fishing, “Be a Scot” photo session. The excursion film illustrated
the journey to Scotland colourfully. The displays gave information on Scottish
life and nature such as the Highlands, literature, the school system, Scottish
town, interviews with Scots. To get a real taste of Scotland, the visitors could
enjoy the Scottish cookies, cake, soup and drinks. The students and lecturers
who had taken part in the excursion performed ceilidh dancing, but others could
join in too.
In my opinion the Fair was really well done, reflecting a great deal of work, and it indeed aroused interest among the visitors to travel to Scotland some day themselves. The culinary journey to Scotland and the Scottish dancing pleased me the most!
On July 17th a special event took place at the University of
Siegen: the Scottish Fair.
Organized by the Anglistik students who presented their Edinburgh excursion projects, the fair offered the visitors an afternoon of opportunities to learn more about the country of Braveheart and Nessie.
Embedded in a nice Scottish atmosphere, supported by people in original Highland dress and some great Scottish live music, the Fair invited you to follow the history trail of Scotland and win some prizes in an additional quiz. Of course it was also possible to try a glass of the legendary Scottish whisky or some traditional food.
Other attractions like Nessie fishing and the ceilidh dancing, in which everyone could participate, also provided entertainment for both organizers and visitors.
At about 4:30 pm the journey through Scotland, its history and traditions ended and left a lot of impressed visitors.
Maik Solga, visitor at the fair
Last week rather extraordinary scenes in the D part of the Adolf
Reichwein building gave the impression that Scotland had moved into it! The
GLC classes were sharing their impressions and experiences from an excursion
to Edinburgh with the rest of the University. Therefore they set up a Scottish
fair: they errected diverse display boards on which numberless pictures gave
an overview of the excursion; other attractions were the Scottish local specialities
and the monster of Loch Ness which could be hunted for. Besides that, the Scottish
atmosphere, which touched everyone who passed by, was intensified by Scottish
music and dancing. It was no surprise that even Braveheart joined the fair.
Additionally, visitors had the chance to deepen their knowledge by participating
in a quiz about Scotland and to win a prize.
All the efforts the participants of the Edinburgh excursion and their teachers put into planning and celebrating the Scottish Fair was really worth it. They managed to create a vivid Scottish feeling in the AR building and therefore gave enough proof to its visitors that they had missed a really fantastic excursion.
Miriam Ochel, Fair visitor
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