İ Viva España !
Four staff and 40 year 8 and 9 pupils arrived safely back from a hugely successful and enjoyable trip to Andalucia, Spain on Monday 21st May. We were all exhausted as we packed a lot into our long weekend.
On arrival on Friday, after quickly checking into the hotel in Benalmádena, we were off to taste some tapas. Following that, we enjoyed and joined in with a Paella making demonstration. We impressed ourselves with how much we managed to understand, as our chef spoke in Spanish the whole time. We all thoroughly enjoyed eating the paella on the sunny terrace. Friday finished with a trip to the beach to play games or bury each other in the sand.
Saturday saw us up early to get the coach to Seville, where we were guided around the city. We were all impressed by the cathedral, the biggest in Europe. We got fabulous views of the city from the top of the cathedral’s Giralda tower. We also loved the parque Maria Luisa with its beautiful Plaza de España. We again ended the day with a trip to the beach opposite our hotel.
Sunday was equally busy as we visited the two mountain villages of Ronda and Mijas. In Ronda we made the most of the spectacular panoramic views down the Tajo Gorge before learning about the history of bullfighting in the Spain’s oldest bullring. We had the afternoon free to enjoy some souvenir shopping in the scenic village of Mijas. The year 8 boys preferred to make friends with some locals and joined in a football game in the town square. It is lovely to note that European relations remain so friendly in the era of Brexit!
We managed to fit an hour in the pool before heading to the beach for the final time, where we saw the sun set our lovely time in Spain.
The pupils behaved impeccably, and the staff received numerous comments about this from hotel clients and staff alike. It was also very pleasing to hear so many of them trying out their Spanish skills.
The staff involved, Myself, Miss Foy, Mr. Sullivan and Mr.Reardon all agreed it was a pleasure to spend the weekend with them.
Hasta la próxima!