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Trip to Spain

Posted on: 11th November 2014 | Category: Trips and excursions

During the half – term break twenty two students and four members of staff travelled to three of the most popular Spanish cities; Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona.

Our first day in Madrid was spent at the Warner Bros Park riding some of Europe’s fastest rollercoasters, cooling down on the water rides and posing for photos with some of our favourite childhood friends. We also visited the Palacio Real and were one of the first groups to see Spain’s royal crown and sceptre, as they had been put on public display for the first time earlier that week.  The traditional flamenco show was a new experience for everyone, the passion of both the dancers and singers is something we are not likely to forget!

Valencia was our warmest city visit with temperatures rising to 36°C, a welcome surprise for October! There we visited the Oceanografic Aquarium and watched the largest dolphin show in Europe where the trainers had the dolphins flipping, waving and spinning for the crowd. As the home of paella, Valencia was the perfect location to take part in a cooking class preparing gazpacho, chicken paella and horchata. All the girls got involved in the class and many made some interesting comparisons to similar dishes they have eaten in Mexico, even teaching the Spanish chefs some new recipes!

In Barcelona we had the privilege of seeing a variety of Antonio Gaudi’s incredible architectural structures, notably, Parc Guell and the Sagrada Familia. Other highlights were the tour of Camp Nou, particularly memorable for our football fans and the day at Montserrat where we got to see the iconic Black Madonna and listen to the internationally renowned boys’ choir.

With so much to see and do, we had little time to embrace the Spanish siesta but the later dinners and extended shopping hours were an essential cultural experience!

Keep reading to see what some of the students have to say:

“The Spain trip was a lot of fun and meaningful. I enjoyed the activities arranged by the school: from there I discovered many things - great Spanish cultures, architectures, arts and food! Even though it wasn't my first time in Spain, it was different than my previous visit as this time I spent some quality time with great friends and teachers, and I am happy that all of the girls got to know each other much better!”  (Malaysian student)

“I really liked our Spain trip. Everything was interesting from sightseeing to museums, the weather was excellent, food was delicious and the master class was entrancing. I liked going with the school and the girls because I had so much fun. I would love to go again.” (Laila, Kazakhstan) 

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