During the Easter Holidays, the Modern Foreign Languages Department ran their first Spanish trip to Barcelona. Students and staff left school at 1am, ready for an early morning flight from Bristol. Despite the early start, students didn't have much time to rest at the hostel before heading off to explore the city.
On that first day, we visited the famous Gaudi church "Sagrada Familia", where students received an impromptu history lesson from Miss Pook, and enjoyed views overlooking the city from Parc Guell. The day ended with a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe.
After a well-deserved lie in, students were refreshed for their trip to Montjuic, one of the hills surrounding Barcelona. We visited Poble Espanol, an open-air museum containing architecture and typical crafts from different regions of Spain, and the stadium where Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympic Games. After some shopping and dinner in the port, the evening found us back up Montjuic where we watched the magic fountains, which light up and dance to music.
Everyone was excited the next morning for out trip to Barcelona's famous central street "La Rambla", where students were able to purchase souvenirs and gifts for their families. That was followed by a trip to the Aquarium which is home to some wonderful varieties of fish and even penguins, much to Miss Regan's delight! The afternoon was finished off with a boat trip around the port in the sunshine.
One of the highlights of the trip for the students was the day trip to Port Aventura, the most visited theme park in Spain. Amongst its many rides is Shambhala, the fastest and highest roller coaster in Europe! Everyone agreed that this was a fantastic day out.
On the final day, we walked to Parc de la Ciutadella, a beautiful green space in the centre of the city, where students enjoyed sampling Churros, a Spanish fried pastry delicacy. Our trip was rounded off by a welcome rest on the beach before heading back to the airport for the long journey home.
The students were excellent ambassadors for the school and both staff and students had a fantastic time. We are already looking forward to take future Spanish students to visit the fascinating city.