Around the World
Students at Soundview are often reminded that they are citizens of the world. From discussions of world events at morning meetings, to collecting books for a small school in Nepal, to finally getting on a plane and seeing the world. The School sponsors an exciting trip abroad almost every year. This year, the destination is Peru, where the Soundview group will explore Lima and the 16th century Spanish cathedral, Larco Museum and the spectacular "Park of Love" on the ocean, before moving on to Cuzco in the foothills of the Andes. Designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, this ancient capital of the Inca empire is replete with archeological sites and as well as Spanish architecture of the 1500’s. Then it is on to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu. For a day-by-day account and photos of the trip, click on the following link:
Last year, Soundview students and their chaperones spent an intensive week in London during spring break called “Curtain Time in London.” The week included an intensive Shakespearian acting workshop at the Globe Theater in London, two shows and a backstage tour of the National Theater. The Soundview travelers explored London on foot, by bus and underground, and visited the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Changing of the Guard and other sights. See below for an account of the 2014-15 trip to the former Austro-Hungarian empire.
Those who prefer to stay closer to home may venture to New York City to see a show or simply see the sights. The Language Club takes an annual trip to the Culinary Institute for a lesson in Italian Cooking and, more importantly, a delicious Italian lunch! The Middle School enjoys an overnight trip every fall: this fall, the Middle Schoolers visited Howe caverns during the height of the foliage season (see photo below).
Archdukes and Emperors, April 2014
Soundview's Spring 2014 10-day trip abroad focused on Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Following are some of the highlights of the itinerary:
- Munich, the beautiful capital of Bavaria, including the famous Glockenspiel in the Marienplatz and Nymphenburg Palace. A visit to Dachau Concentration Camp, a grim but important reminder of Germany’s Nazi past, was also offered.
- Nurenberg, with its quaint old town and historic Palace of Justice.
- Prague, one of Europe’s loveliest and best preserved cities, where visitors saw Hradcany Castle and Cathedral, the 14th century Charles Bridge, the Prague Ghetto and a glass blowing studio.
- Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic.
- Budapest, known as the Paris of Eastern Europe, including Castle Hill, the 14th century Mathias Church and Heroes’ Square.
- Vienna, the lovely and lively capital of Austria and former capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire, including the Hapsburg’s Schönbrunn Palace The group also took a dance lesson in the Viennese waltz!
- Salzburg, the charming and baroque city of music, with a walking tour that included the Mirabell Gardens, the Getreidegasse, Mozart’s Birthplace (see photo below of the Soundview group in front of Mozart's house) and the Hohensalzburg Fortress.
See below for descriptions of trips abroad over the last few years…
Soundview Goes to Dublin, Wales & London 2013
Winter break in 2013 featured a trip to Ireland, Wales and London for a group of 16 Soundview students and three faculty chaperones. The group began their trip in Dublin, where they visited Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grafton Street and more. They also spent a day at a farm in the countryside, where the travelers saw newborn lambs, traversed a bog to see how peat was cut and learned to play the bodhran (an Irish drum). Then it was onto a ferry bound for Holyhead across the Irish sea in Wales, where the Soundview group visited a 12th century castle and national parkbefore heading for Stratford-upon-Avon to see Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Shakespeare’s grave. Ending their trip in London, the group visited such sites as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square, saw a play (Thriller, the Musical) and took a side trip to Stonehenge.
Soundview Group Visits Spain, Spring 2012
Spanish history, art, language and culture came alive for 24 Soundview students, faculty and parents in Spring 2012, when the group headed to Spain for the annual trip abroad. The Soundview travelers spent 9 days exploring Madrid and other cities, visiting medieval castles and cathedrals, viewing Moorish palaces, and experiencing contemporary Spanish language and culture. In addition to exploring historic and cultural sites, the visitors took in a Spanish cooking class and enjoyed a flamenco lesson and special performance.
Soundview Trip to London 2011
In February 2011, a group of 26 students and 4 faculty chaperones headed across the Atlantic for their first "curtain Time" trip to London. The Soundview travelers spent nine days exploring London and nearby sights, with a special emphasis on theater and drama. They took in two shows, participated in two acting workshops and also toured the National Theater, where they saw props for the hit play War Horse. The students and chaperones explored London on foot and by tube, also visiting Stratford on Avon to see Shakespeare’s birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s cottage, as well as the 18th century city of Bath.
Soundview Traveled to Italy
March 2010 saw Soundview’s travelers boarding a plane bound for Italia. The trip began in Sicily, stopping in Palermo, Mt Etna and Syracuse and then continued to Naples and the Amalfi Coast to finish up in Rome.
Soundview in Argentina
The destination for Soundview’s spring 2008 trip abroad was Argentina. “Incredible,” “fascinating,” “astounding”: these are just a few of the superlatives used by students, faculty, parents and alumni families to describe their experiences. “The trip opened up a whole new view of the world for me,” said 12th grader Chris Shanley.
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