On Friday, students started the day with a class, and then took a bus to the beach. We then took a 6km walk along the beach and through a “forest”, ending in a beautiful cove where students could sunbathe, swim/paddle in the sea, or play beach volleyball. A perfect end to the trip!
Finally, to Saturday, where students – punctual as always – said an emotional farewell to their exchange partners and families. Many tears were shed; a testament to how well all have bonded during their time together, and many have promised to keep in touch and visit again at a point in the future.
All currently seems to be on-track for a 12:15 (European time) flight, due to land at 1:35 (UK time). Will update with any further information if required.
Update 11:30: delays to take-off due to bags still being loaded, and also disruption caused by French air traffic control strikes. Captain hopes to still have us home at the planned time. We will update again when we land.
On Tuesday, we left for Barcelona, with Park Güell as our first stop. This is a park of gardens and buildings designed by and inspired by Gaudi, and we had a guided tour detailing the history of the area and how it came to be.
We then drove to the Sagrada Familia, the currently-unfinished cathedral also designed by Gaudi, for a photo opportunity and to admire its magnificence.
Next, to Barcelona FC’s stadium, Camp Nou (along with some debate as to how to pronounce “Nou”!).
And finally, we had an hour or so to explore the sights and shops of Las Ramblas, although we’re sure students could have spent much, much longer here if time permitted!
On to Wednesday. We first had an introduction and tour of the host school, Institut Antoni de Martí i Franquès, and then headed to Reus, firstly taking a tour around the Gaudi museum – there will be nothing our students don’t know about the man by the time we complete this trip! – and then having a bit of free time in the main square, before returning to Tarragonna for a quick guided boat trip exploring the harbour.
Tomorrow, it is theme park time, and the weather is so far looking good to accompany the thrills and spills.
After a relaxing weekend, an early start was on the cards on Monday as students were met at 7:55 at the school. (It is worth noting that students have been excellent so far at arriving at the correct place at the correct time).
We were bussed to Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, where we were given a tour of the Freixenet Cava company. Students were talked through how the business was founded, how the grapes are chosen and grown, the fermentation and bottling process, and were able to see some of this in action.
Following the tour, students were able to sample a (non-fermented!) grape juice, and the tour guides commented on how well behaved the groups had been. From here, we were taken to Sitges (a change to the planned destination of Montblanc), where students had an hour or so to either explore the shops or the beach before heading back to school to be collected by their partners.
Barcelona tomorrow, where hopefully the weather will be better than what is currently forecast!