Wednesday in Toledo 2/22/17

23 Feb

Our last field trip was to Toledo.  Toledo is most famously known for the co-existence between the Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures.  While in Toledo we got to see the influences of these cultures first hand.  In true Ramón fashion, we ended our trip eating chocolate and having an enormous sing along. “Have you ever seen Ramón, eating jamón?

“In Toledo today, we visited a famous gothic style cathedral and saw some of Greco’s most famous paintings in multiple museums and churches. We also had the opportunity to buy gifts for family and friends, and eat lunch at restaurants for a few hours before continuing to look at some sights. We ended the day by heading to a park outside of one of the museums and performed sing-alongs while eating chocolate before returning home.”

-Leila

Another field trip, another place filled with beautiful sights. I’m sad that it was our last one and I wish we could have had more time in Spain. My favorite part of today was hearing Ramón voice his thoughts. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this trip.”

-Melinda

“It was very amazing to look over Toledo from the top and see all of the beautiful buildings.”

-Jaimee

How sad!
Today was our last field trip in Spain. We visited Toledo, the former capital of Spain, and still one of the most culturally advanced places in Spain we have seen. The city, spread out over a hill, was the subject of a painting we studied last year in Spanish IV: Vista de Toledo. Although we did not get to see the exact point of view, seeing Toledo as a whole is very impressive. The view acted as a great closing of Spain and my trip. It reminded me of my past six years of Spanish class and how much I can now appreciate it.”

-Sebastian

My favorite part of Toledo was seeing “El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz” which is depicted by the image above. This is one of the most famous works of El Greco and last year in Spanish IV we studied this, among other works, in great detail. I really enjoyed seeing this painting in person because it was so much bigger than I imagined and I was so excited to see something we discussed so in-depth last year in real life and not just look at it as an image on google images.”

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-Sheila

My favorite part of Toledo was finally seeing the work of El Greco in person. We’ve studied his art in class, but BHS smart boards can hardly provide half the amount of detail of his works. Seeing his massive work in real time left me speechless. I cannot put into words how incredible it was. El Greco painted over 50 extremely detailed faces. He also managed to illustrate a soul entering heaven. I can hardly draw a stick figure, yet I stood before a painting that looked like a surreal photograph.”

-Angela

Very sad this was the last field trip, and last day with Ramon. I am going to miss him so much! Toledo was exciting. It had many shops and swords. Every store pretty much had swords and tons of jewelry. The cathedral was gorgeous. I also had great chicken wings from McDonalds.”

-Elaine

“In Toledo, we visited a few churches. Ramón showed us a lot of cool details of each church. We got to explore and shop around the city as well. We ended the day by singing in the park together.”

-Olivia

“Toledo was the most beautiful city I have ever seen. It is true, it’s all uphill, but it’s worth the climb.”

-Jada

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On Wednesday we travelled to Toledo, an absolutely beautiful city about an hour and a half from where we are. There is some really fascinating history connected to Toledo, and it is most strongly illustrated in the cathedral we visited. The design and artwork are incredible, and it’s so impressive how despite lacking the technology that we have today, past people were able to create such magnificent structures.”

-Laura F.

Today we went to Toledo. The entire city is on a hill so you are constantly walking either uphill or downhill. The church we saw was so beautiful. Today was our last field trip with Ramon which made me sad. He’s such a good human and I hope maybe one day I could see him again.”

-Marissa

 

Monday in Segovia 2/20/17

23 Feb

Monday we hopped on the bus and head over to Segovia.  Segovia is famous for many things including the sculpture of the Loba Capitolina, a gift from Rome, the impressive Aqueduct of Segovia and the Alcazar of Segovia. We put in a bunch of steps, but they were worth it as we got to see the Alcazar from a different perspective.  Better yet, while on our journey to the bottom of the Alcazar, we ran into Las Falleras de Valencia while they were on tour taking photos in different parts of Spain.

 

 

“Segovia was so beautiful and the aqueducts were so amazing to see. The view from the top was unbelievable. ”

-Jaimee

Segovia was very nice. It was chilly but great views. Climbing the tower was a work out! As well as the steps down and up to go to the grass area with the princesses. It was a nice day out for shopping and I had a nice nap on the bus.”

-Elaine

On Monday we visited the city of Segovia, a centerpiece in the history of Spain. Known for its castle and great views of the surrounding landscape (from the snowy mountains to the dry farmland) we were able to get an image of the past in Spain. Although it has been rebuilt many times and needed many repairs, the Castillo de Alcázar was a very iconic part of my trip to Spain. No wonder it is suspected to be the castle of Snow White.”

-Sebastian

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On Monday we went to Segovia. It was a beautiful place. The aqueduct is so incredible, especially considering how old it is and the fact that it is held up merely by exceptional architecture. No cement or anything! The view from near the top of the aqueduct was really great; there were beautiful mountains in the background. I also liked the cobblestone streets and the castle we visited.”

-Laura

Segovia is an extremely beautiful city. The picture above features the Alcazar of Segovia, which was a fortress, royal palace, and a state prison at various times in history. It was so interesting to go through the various rooms and look at the military artifacts that are housed there today. The photo below was taken from the aqueduct that was built by the Romans. The famous aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best-preserved in the world and was amazing to see in person because of its size and length. It was also fun to take pictures from because it provided us with a view of Segovia that left me breathless.”

-Sheila

“One of the main things we did in Segovia was visit the Alcazar and take a tour. We also went on the tower of the Alcazar to take photos. After that a group of us decided to go explore Segovia and stopped at cafes and shops along the way. We ended our day meeting princesses and eating chocolate in a park before heading home.”

-Leila

 

Second time visiting Segovia and was still just as amazed at the beauty as I was the first time! Love the views.”

-Melinda

Today we went to Segovia. We went to the Alcazar which is a big castle that Cinderella’s castle was based off of we climbed all the way to the top of the tower which was 150ish steps. My mind is still blown that Ramon got up and down those steps and did not miss a beat.”

-Marissa

Segovia is a very small, cute city. While we were there, we saw the big roman aqueduct. It was very pretty at sunset. We also toured the castle that Walt Disney used as inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle. We also had a lot of time to shop and explore.”

-Olivia

Granada 2/17/17-2/19/17

21 Feb

This past weekend we hopped on a bus to Granada, Mrs. DiCroce’s home away from home. After a long bus ride, we dropped our luggage off in the hotel and Mrs. DiCroce took us on a walk to one of the most beautiful views we have ever sin from El Mirador San Nicolás.  As we watched the sun set, a couple of men were sitting on the ledge singing and playing flamenco music.  We went back tot he hotel and got ready for dinner where we had to repeat the croquetas because they were so good!  On Saturday, we started off our morning at La Alhambra, where we “basically” spent 3 hours and most probably could have easily spent many more.  After our tour, we stopped for some lunch and churros con chocolate.  The students had some free time, which means shopping time to them.  We met up for dinner at a Flamenco show.  The students were amazed by the show, but we will let them tell you more:

Granada was so different than anything we had seen so far. The Arabic culture was present even though history would suggest otherwise. The Alhambra was such an amazing sight both from afar and inside. The little shops were perfect for gifts and souvenirs.”

-Coleman

Hola todos,

This weekend, we visited the southern city of Granada. The warm, inviting weather and seemingly friendly atmosphere really came as a relief after our trivial days at school of guessing what the teachers were saying. Saturday morning began early as we left to visit the Alhambra, the last Muslim stronghold on the Iberian Peninsula, in order to receive a guided tour. My favorite part about the Alhambra is reflected in the photograph: the architecture. The variety and different influences of the different palaces in the outward seemingly unified structure surprised me and made for some great pictures.”

-Sebastian

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This weekend we visited Granada. As soon as we boarded off the bus,  I feel in love with the city.  It was an old city surrounded by mountains and it reminded me of a mixture of both Boston and Colombia. The first night on Friday,  we arrived to the hotel  unpacked  and later meet for a walk of the city and dinner.  On our walk we visited a market and we enjoyed a scenic view of the Alhambra as the sun was setting. We then went to dinner that night.  The next morning we took a bus to the the Alhambra and as we walked through, we saw a great view of the city throughout.  After the Alhambra we had 4 hours to shop,  so we went back to the market where I bought a lot of gifts and souvenirs, then we went back to the hotel and got ready for the flamingo show that night.  The flamenco show was probably my favorite part so far and I loved watching them dance. Sunday morning we went to get churros with chocolate and took the bus back to Villalba at 1.”

-Laura B.

Granada might’ve been one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. Also, the most fun. We got to see a flamenco show, and see the Alhambra Palace. Both were so cool and I loved every second of Granada.”

-Christina

“My favorite part about our weekend in Grenada was the view of the Alhambra and the views from inside the Alhambra. The view of the alhambra while the sun was setting was one of the best views I have ever seen and so was the view of the whole town from inside. I also loved the flamenco dancing because I have never seen anything like it.”

-Sarah

Granada is simply spectacular. I really cannot decide which part was my favorite part about Granada. On the first night we took a mini-walk to “see around town”. We ended up propped up on a hill with the most spectacular view of the Alhambra during sunset. The ambiance created by the musicians, food, and sunset created an atmosphere I will never forget. Going into the Alhambra was also an amazing experience. I could not believe that the human mind could create the idea for the structure, and then actually physically carry out the idea. The amount of creativity and uniqueness invested in the building of the Alhambra is incredible. Finally, the flamenco show was jaw-dropping. Fortunately, I saw front row at the show. I was able to eat my tortilla de patata with my right hand while reaching the stage with my left hand. My friend Becca and I were drowning in tears after the show. We were and still are so thankful to have this experience even though it was short-lived. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to obviously come to Spain, but to also engulf myself fully in the culture of central Spain as well as southern Spain.”

-Angela

Granada was BEAUTIFUL! The bus ride there was long and I slept for most of it which was actually very comfy for me. I shared a room with Livie with a great balcony view. The dinner was delicious. The churros and free breakfast at the hotel was appetizing. The views were so nice, such as the Alhambra. It was very cool touring around there and the rest of Granada. The market place was really nice with cool souvenirs and articles of clothing for cheap prices. Granada had a warmer temperature which I loved, and the flamenco show was outstanding. The food at the show, which were fish with tomato, tortilla, croquetas, and a two types of meat were delicious. The weekend in Granada was wonderful and I had a terrific time there!”

-Elaine

Granada was amazing! By far the most beautiful place I have ever been. I loved how it was a mix of European and Middle Eastern cultures. The bus ride to get there was absolutely beautiful, I stared out the window almost the whole time. When we got there, we checked into the hotel and then got a tour from Ms. Walton of the city. We walked up to a place where you can see an amazing view of the Alhambra.”

-Alexandria

This weekend was one of the most incredible in my life. Granada is absolutely beautiful. My favorite thing that we saw was the flamenco show; it was the most passionate and intense display of emotion. I was completely enthralled, between the dancers, the singers, and the guitarist it was hard to know where to focus. I learned that I definitely want to study abroad in Granada in college.”

-Laura F.

“I don’t even know where to start with Granada. Every moment I just thought about how I am going to take my mother there and show here everything that I saw.
Friday we were able to see a beautiful church right by our hotel, and shop around for a little in small stores. But after we were able to see the view of a life time, and one of the best views you could ever see. It may have been quite a walk but let me tell you it was 200% worth it, everything in Granada everything you do, everything you see is 200% worth it. We were able to see the sun setting while looking at a beautiful palace across the way.

Saturday we were able to tour that beautiful palace across the way which was influenced by the Muslims and by the Catholics. Everywhere you went everywhere you looked there was such an intense detail on every inch of that castle that it was completely mesmerizing. I could not tell you which part had a better view. After the tour we were able to shop and bargain for the best prices comparing with each other what we were able to buy and for what price. After the shopping we were able to go to something that completely changed my life. We were able to sit front row to see the best performance of flamenco dancing that I could ever imagine in my entire life, and I cannot wait to one day bring my mom so she can experience what i have been so lucky to see. Granada is whatever comes after perfect.”

-Becca

Granada has been one of my most memorable and favorite parts of the Spanish exchange. It is so beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the streets at the open air markets while admiring the beauty of the architecture of the city. One of my favorite parts was the tour of the Alhambra because it was extremely thorough and informative. The Alhambra is definitely one of, if not, the most beautiful building I have ever seen, both at night and during the day. The views from different areas of the Alhambra were also stunning, which are featured in the top photo. I miss Granada already!”

-Sheila

“We started the day by going to breakfast at the hotel, which happened to be a buffet. Then we got ourselves ready and went for our tour of the Alhambra where we looked at 3 palaces which told the history of Granada. After our tour, me and my friends went into the markets and shops to buy gifts for family and friends. Once we finished we returned back to the hotel and got ready for our Flamenco show and dinner. We later drove to the show, which was AMAZING and ate some pretty great food for dinner. Finally we returned back to the hotel and watched movies until we fell asleep.”

-Leila

Visited the Alhambra and it was beautiful!! Had a lot of fun walking around Granada as well and seeing all the shops.”

-Melinda

This weekend we went to Granada for two days. It was such a beautiful city and I didn’t want to leave it Sunday morning. The history of Granada was so interesting, and I loved the Alhambra. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen I can’t believe it was as well preserved as it was. The flamenco show we saw Saturday night and the food was incredible. I hope one day I can go back to Granada and do all of that again.”

-Marissa

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Granada was absolutely amazing all around. We saw multiple views of the entire city of Granada which I would say we’re the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. Also, we went to the Alhambra which was the most beautiful architecture I’ve ever seen. The city had amazing food, shops, and culture. Also, our hotel was great and we had a great view from our room.”

-Brie

Saturday in Granada we went to Alhambra. We took a long tour of the grounds. It was so beautiful. After, we saw a flamenco show with dinner. The show was incredible and the dancers were amazing!”

-Olivia

Wednesday in Madrid 2/15/17

20 Feb

We came into Madrid again on Wednesday to visit the Royal Palace.  After walking through Madrid through Gran Vía and stopping at Sol and Opera, we arrived at our final destination, El templo de Debod, to watch the sun set over Madrid.  Here is what our students have to say:

Yesterday, we continued to explore Madrid. This is a photo of the beautiful Almudena Cathedral in Madrid. This church is so beautiful and the architecture is so impressive that I could have stayed in there all day looking at the walls and ceiling of this stunning space. We also visited the Palacio Real in Madrid which was amazing; I still cannot believe how impressive and beautiful the architecture here really is. We also visited the Mercado de San Miguel, which was so interesting because I was able to see so many foods that are common in Spain, but not in the United States.”

-Sheila

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The royal palace was one of the biggest most detailed buildings I have ever seen. Each room had so much detail and color which was amazing to see. La catedral de la almudena was full of bright colors and details that are not common in the churches in the United States.”

-Coleman

Wednesday, We visited the Royal Palace in Madrid. It was so beautiful! We got a tour of all the rooms. We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the rooms but we could take pictures in the “lobby”. After, we got to explore more of Madrid. When we got home, We celebrated Alba’s Birthday with a dinner.”

-Olivia

The day we went to Madrid was one of my favorites. The Royal Palace was stunning and the view was great. While roaming around Madrid looking for souvenirs and a certain jacket, I saw an old family friend that goes to school here in Madrid now, and it was very surprising and crazy. I got to eat more churros and bought a few souvenirs. At the last minute, the jacket that is very common here in Spain was found and bought. It was one of the best days I have had!”

-Elaine

Buenos días,

On Wednesday, we traveled to downtown Madrid once again, this time to visit a completely different part of the city: El Palacio Real. The royal palace was by far the highlight of the day with all of its rich history, cool artifacts, and almost perfect appearance. My favorite place in the palace was the excessively large dining room as it had many interesting pictures, ceiling designs, and clocks (a key part of the Spanish Royal collection). But since we were not allowed to take photographs, my photograph is of me standing in the main court of the palace.

-Sebastian

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Yesterday we went back to Madrid, but this time to see El Palacio Real. This was absolutely gorgeous and fit for a king (literally). The rooms were breathtaking and the details in the design and paintings were so well-thought out. My favorite part was the enormous chandeliers that were so delicate and elegant.”

-Laura F.

“Yesterday we went to the palace in Madrid. It was very beautiful. My favorite part was seeing all of the different rooms in the palace and the View of the whole thing. I also liked the Egyptian-like monuments and the view of madrid that was right around the corner.”

-Sarah

In Madrid, we got to see El Palacio Real. That was a one in a lifetime experience. The Palace was ginormous! I’ve never seen such a beautiful, large, and detailed place.”

-Christina

“Madrid and the palace and everything was so amazing! We toured the palace for a good hour or two and I feel like we didn’t even get to half of it, it was so huge, but it was beautiful and it’s crazy to think about how they did everything that they did. After we went to a beautiful church, where we were able to walk around and see all of the statues. And We got to walk through the 4 star center of Madrid!”

-Becca

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Today, we went to the Royal Castle…absolutely beautiful! We got to see the amazing paintings on the ceilings and got to imagine how great life must have been for the royals. Then, we went out to dinner with everyone to celebrate Alba’s birthday.”

-Carli

Yesterday we went to the Royal Palace in Madrid. It was so beautiful and the cathedral next to it was incredible. I found it interesting how the current king of Spain doesn’t even live there, he lives in a smaller palace on the outskirts of Madrid. This country is very beautiful.”

-Marissa

Today we went to Madrid and visited the royal place.  The weather was perfect for this trip and we took a lot of pictures of the outside and inside of the palace. We walked around 8 miles and this included our visit to the palace,  a church, a visit to Egypt like Ramon our tour guide said,  and shopping where we spent almost 2 hours looking for a specific jacket which we luckily found.”

-Laura B.

The Royal Palace, was gorgeous! I was so happy I got to see it! The Cathedral was also amazing I wish we had gotten to see the inside of the Egyptian temple we went to, but that was still beautiful to see from, the outside.”

-Alexandria

Monday in Madrid

14 Feb

Monday was our first official day in Madrid. Not only was this our first official field trip, but it was also the day the students got to meet my personal hero, Ramón. Ramón is an incredible educator who loves life, languages, learning and people.  Is incredible as he is, he is notorious for changing his walking direction 32 times in 1 minute and sprinting through Madrid! We walked 8.5 miles in total.  We started off at the National Library, took a brisk walk to El Museo del Prado, arguably one of the most important museums in the world, where our Spanish 4 curriculum came to life.  We took a break for lunch and shopping only to reunite at El parque de Retiro. More on our trip and Ramón below.

The walk around madrid was a blast! Such a beautiful place. Ramon is amazing! We went to El Retiro and it was such a beautiful scenery. The best part was riding the boats in the water and finally eating churros con chocolate. During the boat ride, we almost went under the fountain and tipped the boat. We got a little wet, while the boat got soaked. It was so funny because everyone on the stairs sitting and looking out at the water saw us and heard us screaming and freaking out. We caused a scene, but a great memory for all. The rain stopped and it became such a beautiful day, and we walked so much, but it was a great adventure.”

-Elaine

On Monday we went to Madrid and saw El Museo del Prado. We met Ramon and he is the cutest little man I’ve ever met. I feel like he’s probably been alive forever. We also saw this glass palace when we walked through Parque Retiro. We also went on these little boats and made Coleman row it.”

-Marissa

Madrid was really fun. We got to see paintings in El Prado that we had learned about previously in Spanish class. My favorite part was definitely the row boats in the park and the Crystal Palace. It was gorgeous. Ramon, our guide was awesome. He’s so nice and knows so much, though he never seems to know which direction to go!”

-Alexandria

“Madrid was amazing!! I think I’ve walked more here these past couple days than I have in my whole life, but it is totally worth it.
The Museo Del Prado was awesome and it was cool learning about the backstory of all the pieces of art, even though we got lost once or twice or… 7 times.
The park was beautiful, and everything about it was calming and soothing expect probably Angela, Brie, and I laughing the whole time, and it was nice to relax and take photos. We went on paddle boats here and although I’m not a big fan I got to watch people get soaked by the water fountain, and people laughing at us as we almost get soaked our selves, so I guess it was worth it.
Palacio de Cristal was amazingly beautiful, and it reminded me of Uncle Montys reptile room, which is a great comparison, and also movie.
This exchange is such an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad I did this, I cannot wait to see what other great things and great laughs are in store for me!!!!”

-Becca

Today has been my absolute favorite day so far. Ramon was so cute and the best tour guide we could ask for he knew so much about everything. The museum was so cool to see the three different periods of Goya. The boats were amazing and the weather turned out so beautiful and it was so relaxing and an amazing experience.”

-Jaimee

Today was the best day so far!! We first got to meet the amazing Ramon:) then went to a beautiful museum. After, we got to walk around and see a new part of Madrid and also got to go on the boats a la Parque de El Retiro. It was by far the absolute best 6€ spent!!!”

-Carli

Monday in Madrid i had the best day ever! We saw many beautiful places including an old royal church, a museum, the library, and their center city park. My favorite part was walking around the park. Inside the park was many things including, a lake which we went on a fun row boat ride (which was my favorite part of the day) and then we walked around and saw a building completely made of glass it was so beautiful. but not once did i see a squirrel inside the park? it was weird. Spain is very different from America, I like it much more here.”

-Jada

“Hola everyone,

On Monday, we visited Madrid and got to meet the infamous Ramon. The day began bus us losing him in the train station in Villalba, and having to wait at the National Library. Once we reconnected, we saw many of the very famous paintings in the Prado Museum. From Goya to Velazquez to Rubens, we saw many of the works we studied in Spanish VI, and were able to understand parts of them better because of that. Sadly we were not allowed to take pictures within the museum, but my picture is of the black swans on the lake by “El Palacio de Cristal” in the Parque del Retiro. I really enjoyed the buildings, the art, and the atmosphere associated with the park.”Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 6.38.11 PM.png

On Monday, we took our first field trip to Madrid. It was incredible! El Museo Del Prado is so big I feel like I could spend days there and still not see all of the art. I really loved El Parque de Retiro, which is a park in Madrid similar to Central Park in New York. I think the one in Madrid is much prettier. There are even some wild cats who roam the park! We went out on the lake that’s in the park in canoes, which was very fun, especially because the weather was so nice. The sun came out and it was a lovely day to walk 10 miles.”

-Laura F.

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One of my favorite experiences in Madrid today was the rowboats at the Parque del Retiro. The Parque del Retiro was so beautiful and I enjoyed walking down the seemingly endless rows of trees and shrubbery because I did not feel like I was in the middle of a bustling city. The weather was also great as we finally saw the sun shine brightly along with a blue sky while in Spain. The rowboats were my favorite part of the park because it was fun to spend time with my friends in them and enjoy the natural beauty of the scenery of the park together.”

-Sheila

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“On Monday, we all went to the famous museum Prado and saw paintings by Velazquez, a little bit of Greco, and Goya. After that we walked to Retiro Park and got churros, went row boating, and looked around the gardens of the park. We continued to walk throughout the park the whole day and saw many different fountains, animals, and monuments. We visited a building called the Glass Palace which is completely made up of glass and took many photos, then finished up our walk to the train station and went home.”

-Leila

Our first field trip to Madrid was amazing. Ramon took us to everywhere and had facts and stories to go with everything that he showed us. The park was incredible as it looked perfect in every way. The Prado was an overwhelming amount of art. There was so much to see and it was breathtaking to walk around in.”

-Coleman

“Today was very fun, my favorite part of the day was the big park and going on the boats. At the park I got churros con chocolate which is my new favorite food :). I also enjoyed the dog we saw that was “singing” to the guy playing the tuba. The museum had many cool pieces of art and they were interesting to learn about especially with Ramon.”

-Sarah

Monday in Madrid was my favorite day in Spain so far. We saw so many cool things and the weather was so nice! We first stopped at a library and Ms. De Sousa’s friend, Ramon, told us about the statues outside. He then took us around Madrid and told us about important and cool buildings we would pass. Then, we went to Museo de Prado and Ramon showed us his favorite paintings. After, he took us to Retiro Park. After an hour to explore, we got to ride row boats. Before we left, we saw a “rain forest” in the train station.”

-Olivia

Beautiful day in Madrid! I had so much fun on the boats and had some delicious churros too.”

-Melinda

I had so much fun in Madrid yesterday. I’d have to say my favorite part was row boating. Everything around us was so beautiful and it was such a fun experience with friends. I also immensely enjoyed the glass palace. I have never been to a more peaceful place I could not believe it. I finally got to try churros with chocolate which, of course, were great!”

-Brie

Our weekend in Madrid

12 Feb

We just got back from the Atlético match and what an exciting match it was.  Atlético Madrid fell behind twice and ended up winning in the last couple of minutes 3-2.

 

Here is what some of our students did on Saturday:

Yesterday we went to Madrid which was super interesting. It was much bigger and crowded than expected, it reminded me a lot of boating or NYC. I tried a calamari sandwich which is apparently very famous in Spain and I found it to be pretty good. There are also a lot of peaceful protests in Spain which I was very happy to see. The Spaniards informed us that Spain made protesting illegal so I thought it was interesting how the citizens went about it.”

-Brie

“¡Buenos Días!

In the few days I have been in Spain, I have already traveled throughout the country. For the weekend, my host family was kind enough to take me to a special place in Spain; where there is much to see and even more to do. We went to the Lagunas de Ruidera, a place filled with natural beauty in 14 different colored lakes, each with a respectively different environment. Not only did we observe the Lagunas, we also hiked, walked, took plenty of photos, and ate even more along the route of Don Quijote throughout parts of Spain. In the picture, I am standing with my host family (Pilar, me, José, Sofia and Lorena) in front of a cueva home (a home built into the ground) from the 1200s”

-Sebastian

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“Yesterday, (Saturday) a bunch of us traveled by train to the heart of Madrid. We ate Spanish ham, calamari, and of course, churros. I did not imagine the country’s capital to be as crowded as NYC. There were crowds waiting for Spain’s famous pastry shop (similar to our Mike’s Pastry), crowds shopping, crowds protesting, and crowds protesting the protesters.

The scheduling in Spain is very different. The sleepier I become, the closer to dinner time it is. I’ll admit, a full stomach at 11:30 does make it significantly easier to fall asleep. Going to school a whole hour later makes life a bit easier as well.

Overall, I’m having a fantastic time with my host family. Every Spanish family member, is genuine, kind, and quite honestly hilarious. During dinner we attempt to discuss each other’s current political situations. I enjoy learning about the Spanish government through the opinions of Spain’s own people.”
-Angela

“We have seen so much in the 4 days we have been in Spain. We saw a rally against the building of the wall in the center of Madrid with signs saying that no one is illegal. Also we talked about Trump in English class and how no one in the class likes him. On a positive note, We ate calamari with the bubbliest Coca Cola in the world!

-Coleman

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“Yesterday we walked around Madrid for hours, did some shopping and ate at tons of bakeries. We went to the center and recognized the place from the show “Mi Vida Loca” from freshman year Spanish. It was wicked cool.”

-Carli

My favorite part during this trip so far was seeing where mi vida loca was filmed. I loved walking around Madrid and seeing how different all the culture was.”

-Jaimee

I went to Segovia with Alba’s family yesterday. They took me to see this beautiful cathedral.”

-Melinda

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On Saturday we took the train into Madrid to shops and look around. It reminded me of Boston because it was so busy. Villalba IS a beautiful town and I like it here. In Madrid on Saturday there were protests that were pro refugees and against trump. I found this interesting that people in other countries were basically protesting a president who wasn’t theirs.”

-Marissa

Saturday, I went to Madrid. We met with all the others and explored and shopped. Madrid is just as busy as New York, but the buildings are a lot older. it’s super beautiful! Sunday, i went to a fútbol game. It was very rainy but the team i liked most won. Even though it was cold, it was so fun being with everyone.”

-Olivia

 

Our first day!

10 Feb

After a long day of traveling, we arrived safely and with all of our luggage!  Upon arrival to the school, we had some snacks and off the students went to their houses to eat lunch and meet the rest of their family.

Today our students experienced their first day of school in Spain!  We started off our day with very funny stories and they had a lot of stories to share.  Some students couldn’t get over the fact that milk is taken warm in the morning, we realized that every member of the  De Sousa family got the entire floor wet after showering, and many stories of family dinner full of charades to navigate conversation

The catchphrase RIP wifi took on an entire new meaning when they realized even if they were connected to the wifi, nothing worked! Luckily, we brought our very own tech person, and within an hour we had our own Burlington network at school.  Our students were also amazed at the difference in classes, but more on that when our students post after the weekend.

On Sunday we are off to a soccer match to watch Atlético Madrid vs. Celta Vigo.  For those of you wondering, in Madrid there are two professional soccer teams, Real Madrid and Atlético.  Atlético is to Real Madrid what the Mets are to the Yankees.

¡Hasta pronto!