During our GCSEs all of the underperformers (including yours truly) were given ‘special friends’ that we had to report to each week and update them on our coursework, revision etc. Mine was Dr Michaels. I was shitting it cos he was super strict and scary and was seemingly devoid of fun or whimsy, but we ended up talking about music each week instead of school. Turns out he followed The Jesus and Mary Chain around on tour when he was younger. To this day it remains the most surprising backstory I’ve learned about someone.
French exchange - can’t afford it
German exchange - can’t afford it
Ski trip to Yugoslavia - can’t afford it
My older sister did the German exchange & French exchange though. She probably either spoiled it for me or I spoiled it for myself by trying to get off with the German exchange girl & the French exchange girl who stayed at our place
Remember one French trip and being told we weren’t allowed to bring fireworks back. Gary bought an ED-209 toy and it came with caps. We convinced Gary that caps were considered to be fireworks and that he was taking a BIG risk. Anyway, when our coach was randomly selected to be searched at customs Gary was absolutely shitting it and we were creasing up. Classic bantz!
Just remembered the time I went on a school trip to France and the guy sat next to me had forgotten his passport. Was shitting it but some guy just stuck his head in our coach and just sort of nodded “C’est bon”. Wouldn’t happen these days, that.
Not me and not a school trip but my dad’s mate used to be in the merchant navy and got booted out of the old soviet union for stealing icons from a church. Can’t believe they didn’t gulag him tbh (actually I’d have wanted him out as quick as poss too)
The most illegal thing I did on a school trip was use proxy websites so I could get onto Facebook when I was in China. Extremely easy, but they would block the ones we were using every few days so we kept having to find new ones. What an absolute fucking badass