Twenty-one of our second year German students have just returned from a four day Landeskunde trip to Munich and Salzburg. Together with Mr Coplen, Ms O'Hare and Ms McConnon, the students had an action-packed few days. The four day trip saw the group tour Munich's Old Town, Dachau concentration camp, the beautiful Austrian city of Salzburg and the Olympic Park. Students were also taken on tours of the Deutsches Museum (Science & Technology) and Die Pinakothek der Moderne (Modern Art & Design museum). The students even found the time (and Red Bull-fuelled energy) to climb the 299 steps to the top of St. Peter's church tower in Munich and the steep incline to the top of the Hohensalzburg fortress to experience wonderful panoramic views of the two gorgeous cities and to make two separate trips to the ice skating rinks. The festive aromas of scented candles, pine, grilled meat, roasted chestnuts, cinnamon and cloves were aplenty as the group took in no less than three separate Christmas markets during the trip. All in all, the trip was an enormous success and enjoyed by all. The teachers would like to take this opportunity to thank the students in question for their exemplary behaviour. They represented our school and country well (even managing a moving rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann on their kazoos on the airport shuttle).