having to contain immense excitement, we slept for no longer than 4 hours before making our way to Luton Airport with Barcelona awaiting us.
Once in Barcelona we were all thrilled to see the sunshine that we had not witnessed for a long time in cloudy England as we drove through the streets of Barcelona to Hostal Fernando where we were assigned to our dorms and given time to settle in.
We then went off to explore the streets and allowed some free shopping time, and to look through the lively, vibrant Spanish markets.
To kick the day two we went to a language class where we were put into 3 groups and interacted with a teacher who couldn’t speak that much English to help boost our knowledge. On that day we also visited La Pedrera, a Gaudi building, the Olympic Stadium and went to a flamenco show which was a great experience of Spanish culture. We then retreated back to the hostel where we enjoyed our second and final meal there.
Day three was a holiday day in Spain which meant no school!! Therefore we had an early start and strolled to La Sagrada Familia, another one of Spain’s beloved Gaudi’s buildings with a guided tour. We also went to the Nou Camp Stadium where we and the boys, especially, were in their element. Then, we went to Parc Guell, which is- surprise, surprise- designed by Antonio Gaudi. We went to dinner at Frescco which was a buffet style and all you could eat! After that, we went bowling which was a highlight of the trip for many and were allowed to go in the arcade afterwards. Awards were given for bowling to 1) Andrew for being most improved- and trust me, the improvements were huge. Mr Hannigan got the highest individual score much to Taylor’s disappointed who came a close second with 122, and Ruby, bless her soul, got an award for getting the lowest score. 18.
On the final full day, we returned to class at the language school, followed by a bit of free shopping time and then a visit to the aquarium where a shark was spotted with half a fish in its mouth, and penguins were also seen. With the cable cars fully booked, we had to admire the beautiful beach where some of the boys played football and we went for a hot chocolate in a nice cafe. Later on, we went for dinner at Frescco in a different location to change it up, before returning back for our last night in Hostal Fernando.
The next morning, we had a slightly earlier start where we had breakfast, cleared our rooms and got on the coach to the airport. It was very sad to be leaving Barcelona where we thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the locals in a different culture and leaving the sun. It was also sad to leave the teachers who made it very enjoyable and leave an overall memorable trip.
Me encantaría visitar Barcelona otra vez un día, gracias por todo.
Written by Lucy Norwood and Ella Filz