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Spanish Trip

SPANISH TRIP TO MADRID – November 2015

From Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th of November, four Y12 students and one Y10 student went on an extraordinary trip to practice their Spanish language skills to the capital of Spain, beautiful Madrid, accompanied by Carmen and Elena. It was a particularly special time of the year in Madrid, since we got to see the set-up of the Christmas decorations in the city and we witnessed the turning-on of the spectacular Christmas street lights.

On the first day, we went to our hotel, located right in the centre in one of the most charismatic avenues, la Gran Vía de Madrid. We had a dinner that included a salad, an empanada and a paella! On Friday, the students took a three-hour Spanish lesson in a prestigious Spanish language centre and then had lunch in the breathtaking Plaza Mayor de Madrid. We then visited the monumental Palacio Real and we saw plenty of historical buildings and learnt about their history.

In the evening, the students had free time for shopping and then there was the annual Christmas concert in the Plaza Mayor, featuring Spanish singers and bands and which was broadcasted on national TV.

On Saturday, we set off early for another walk from la Puerta del Sol, going through el Congreso de Diputados, la Fuente de Neptuno, la Fuente de Cibeles, the famous Puerta de Alcalá, to end up in the ‘lungs of Madrid’, the majestic Parque del Retiro, where the ancient monarchs used to go for Sunday walks. The weather was gorgeous, so we had a picnic on the grass and took the opportunity to row a boat on the lake, which was simply sublime.

After the Retiro, it was time for a bit of art, with a visit to the classic Museo del Prado, where we saw classic works of art such as ‘Las Meninas’ by Velázquez and other works by Goya and Murillo. And as if a visit to el Prado was not enough for our art enthusiasts, we took another walk to visit the Reina Sophia museum, where we saw Picasso’s masterpiece, ‘El Guernica’, full of symbolism of Spanish history.

On Sunday morning we enjoyed the most succulent ‘chocolate con churros’ in the traditional Chocolatería de San Ginés which first opened its doors in 1894. It was simply yummy : )
All in all, it was an unforgettable experience which everyone enjoyed and we would strongly recommend a visit to this amazing city, especially at this time of year. So, what are you waiting for?

The Spanish Teachers