After 18 months planning, on the 5th of April, 20 students from James Hargest College and 5 mums along two teachers headed to Spain for a month.
For the first two weeks, the group partook in an educational tour. They visited historical and famous cities and buildings such as the SAGRADA FAMILIA cathedral, PARK GUELL and CAMP NOU in Barcelona; biked through EL RETIRO park and strolled through the STREET ART in Madrid. They visited mosques, cathedrals and churches and exploredeach city at night.
This was followed by two weeks in a homestay in Priego de Córdoba, the lead teacher’s hometown. The students attended one of the local high schools, CARMEN PANTION. They participated in a number of activities run by the school. In the first few days of their time with their families, they were thrown into celebrations of the holy week with processions every night and thousands of people. They found school so different "with the timetables and subjects being so much more complicated". It made them glad they don't have to do philosophy, anatomy and Spanish literature back home.
Their other days in Priego were busy with flamenco classes, visiting ancient towns and caves and cooking classes where they learnt how to cook a typical andalusian TORTILLA DE PATATAS and a tomato dip called SALMOREJO. Some of them found that cooking wasn't really their thing.
"This trip was an experience that we will remember for the rest of our lives. We made new friends, got out of our comfort zones and tried new things".
This trip has given the students a chance to improve their understanding of the Spanish language and culture
Hola a todos
In April, 8 students from Hargest were lucky enough to travel to Spain on a trip that changed our outlooks on life. After 36 hours travelling we arrived in Barcelona. We visited many famous buildings, castles, gold workshops, a theme park, roman ruins and also we got to go white water rafting!!!! In Barcelona we visited ‘La Sagrada Familia”, the famous unfinished church designed by Gaudi. This particular church blew us away with its simple yet extravagant designs. Of all the churches we went to this was by far the favourite even though it is not finished still after 131 years of construction. In Barcelona we also visited “Las Ramblas”, a famous shopping promenade and “El Museo de Picasso” (The Picasso Museum). The boys also learnt a few new catch phrases like, “Hola guapa” (Hello beautiful), and “Tienes los ojos bonitos” (you have beautiful eyes) which they practiced on a daily basis with the Spanish girls. After Barcelona we travelled down to Andalucía, passing through Madrid, Zaragoza, Segovia, Toledo, Córdoba, Sevilla, Málaga, Granada and finally arriving in Priego de Córdoba. As we left the bus we were ready for our full on immersion into the Spanish culture and language, although a little scared. The school was very different to New Zealand with black boards and white walls, but less strict. Classes were fun although very hard to understand because of the language. Our families were lovely and kept us well fed with many different foods some of which we loved “Bocadillos con chocolate” and some that were extremely strange to us. It was an awesome trip that was exciting and different. It was a fantastic experience for us all and we all learnt so much about a different culture and, of course, our Spanish.
One language will take you down the corridor of life, but two will open all the doors along the way.