Spain Trip - June 2010

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Spanish Immersion Trip 2010

On 19th June this year 32 pupils from S2 to S5, and 4 teachers, set off for 5 days of Spanish immersion in the heart of Andalucia in the south of Spain.   We arrived at our hotel at around 10pm and were delighted to see that it was literally across the road from one of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa del Sol, Benalmádena Costa. 

On day one we sampled churros, one of Spain’s typical breakfast delicacies, amongst a whole range of other Spanish foods, before excitedly setting off for a day in Seville, the capital city of Andalucia. The coach journey there took around 3 hours,  but as soon as we arrived we saw that it was worth it! Seville is a stunning city! We went to mass in the breathtaking cathedral and after that, we did a tour of the famous monuments. Since it was almost 30 degrees, we cooled down, once back at the hotel , with a refreshing dip in the pool.

As the week progressed, World Cup fever soared, with Spain beating Honduras  on our second day. It was wonderful to sample some of the local excitement, and on a visit to the city of Malaga, we bought ourselves Spanish flags, shirts and vuvuzelas, and became converts to la seleccion nacional, España!

Another highlight was a day in the Moorish city of Granada, with a trip to the world famous Alhambra Palace. As we did our sightseeing, we soaked up the local culture and had a chance to speak to some of the locals in the centre of the city. For many of us the most exciting evening was spent in Tivoli World, the Costa del Sol theme park, followed by a meal and Wild West show in the park.   It was a real bonus to find out that June 24th is a major national fiesta in Spain, the feast of San Juan, so instead of going to bed after Tivoli, we headed to the beach at midnight along with thousands of Spanish families. San Juan is celebrated on mid –summer night and is almost like a summertime New Year. There were barbecues, music, dance and fireworks and at midnight everyone dipped their feet in the sea to wash away any bad luck from the previous year. We ended the night with  a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. The locals loved it and it really was quite unforgettable.

When it was time to leave, some of us didn’t want to go home. We had an absolutely fantastic time, we spoke lots of Spanish, and we had a taste of the real Spain. When “ our team” won la Copa Mundial a week or two letter, we were all delighted. Viva España!