Spanish scholars from Years 8-11 enjoyed a sunny language and cultural tour to Madrid at the beginning of half-term. Head of Geography, Mrs Gill, shares an insight to the fascinating trip below:
On the first afternoon, the group enjoyed a detailed familiarisation with the sites of Madrid and were in awe of the Plaza Mayor. We all put our feet on the plaque which marks the centre of Madrid and Spain; this means we are destined to return! The accommodation was the very eco and trendy Hotel Hat; brilliantly located at the edge of the most famous square of Madrid and the gastronomic delights of the Mercardo de San Miguel. The day ended with a very exciting flamenco evening after we’d sampled the delights of Madrid’s signature dish, bocadillo de calamares.
The following day we immersed ourselves in art, with time to soak up and enjoy the world-famous art at the Reina Sofia and the Prado. Pupils were amazed in gazing at the triptych ‘The garden of Earthly delights’ painted by Hieronymus Bosch between 1490 and 1510, which they had discussed in Mr Holland’s history of art class.
During the weekend, we enjoyed the sunny weather, chilling out in Madrid’s green lung: the Retiro park, where the braver members of the group took to the lake in rowing boats. We then checked out Madrid’s public transport by taking a trip to Franco’s palace by metro and bus. On Sunday we ventured further afield to Segovia and saw the amazing castle and aqueduct. There was a running race as we arrived and sportier members of the group were tempted to join in! Girls were not, however, tempted to join Ms Marka and myself in sampling the local delicacy of three-week-old suckling pig.
On our final day, we enjoyed the splendour of the Royal Palace and last-minute shopping and eating opportunities. It was also fantastic to catch up with old Westonbirt friends, Silivia and Carlota, who popped by to see us.
Ms Marka organised a superb trip which had lots to enjoy for everyone and where all students improved their Spanish, ate a lot of frozen yoghurt and were an absolute delight to be with in this exciting and cultural city!