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Geography trip to The Azores
Half term saw a group of A level Geographers escape Storm Dennis and head off to the Azores.
The little known group of islands sit in the middle of the Atlantic atop the meeting point of the North American, Eurasian and African tectonic plates and are essentially lots of volcanoes.
Despite flight delays and lost baggage we did all arrive on time and our first day was a walk around the rim of a volcano. Sadly the weather was not on our side and the views were intermittent, still there is something very cool about eating your lunch in a crater (even if the ducks are freakishly large!).
The remainder of the trip was much better weather wise and we were treated to spectacular volcanic landscapes, enormous waves and amazing hot springs and mud pools.
Pupil favourites have to be the geothermal pools where they swam, tasting the local bread and the beautiful Lagoa do Fogo.
Throw in a pineapple plantation (yes they grow from the ground!), a tea factory, a geothermal power plant and a meal cooked in the ground using geothermal heat and we were kept very busy.
A spectacular trip and a first to the islands for us all.
Reporting by Alex Boulton, Head of Geography