Students of Spanish from years 11, 12 and 13 enjoyed a cultural trip to Barcelona from 19 – 24 April. We truly made the most of every minute we had in this amazing city by packing in lots of different cultural activities and opportunities to use our Spanish. We spent most of the time outdoors, taking in the sights of the city on foot and by metro.
On day 1, everyone went shopping for their picnic lunch in the famous market of La Boqueria on Las Ramblas. It really is a sight to behold with all the exotic fruits and vegetables piled high. There were also some scarier sights for the unaccustomed eye in the form of butchers’ stalls! We then travelled by metro, foot and outdoor escalator to the beautiful setting of Parc Güell, where we ate our picnics, under blazing sunshine, on the famous mosaic bench designed by Gaudí with a panoramic view of the city. On our way home we stopped off on Barcelona’s most chic street to see the famous houses that Gaudí built in his own personal style.
Day 2 was really special. We were lucky enough for our visit to coincide with a local neighbourhood festival, where a “concurs de castells” or a “human tower building competition” was taking place. We watched in awe (and occasionally fear) as the human towers grew ever higher and the smallest member of the team – the enanxeta – climbed fearlessly up the tower of up to 9 people high! We then visited the Sagrada Familia cathedral – you need to see it with your own eyes to believe it as pictures just don’t do this amazing building justice. How many cathedrals have you seen with stone crocodiles and snails slithering up the outside?! After all this excitement, some relaxation was called for, so we headed to the coast for a gentle stroll along the promenade of the Olympic Village and to rest on the sand.