A group of 35 S2/3 pupils including members of the choir and 5 members of staff from Modern Languages, Music, Maths and Science set off from Dalziel High School on Wednesday morning at 7.30.
The ferry was in the evening from Dover and then from Calais down through France over the Pyrenees to Barcelona. The group stayed in a university residence in the Gracia area of the city not too far from the centre. After unpacking we were off for dinner was in a small restaurant not far from where we were staying. Traditional tapas were on offer followed by huge homemade cheeseburgers!
Day 1 started off with a visit to our partner school where the Catalan pupils from the school gave a presentation about their region, town and school. Thereafter all the pupils from both countries spent the morning break chatting in the warm sunshine and of course the boys ended up playing football. After break our pupils played traditional Scottish music and sang Loch Lomond for the Catalan pupils. We also demonstrated some traditional Scottish ceilidh dances and the Catalan pupils joined in. The Catalan pupils also showed off their traditional dancing skills. The school café had prepared a lovely spread of local tapas and cakes. Facebook/contact details were exchanged and then it was all aboard the bus for Parc Guell.
After lunch we visited Parc Guell. This was Gaudi’s final project in which the park was converted into a fairy-tale world of structures which looked like mushrooms and giant ceramic frogs and dragons seem to leap out at you. The evening meal was in a café in the famous main thoroughfare Las Ramblas.
The evening meal was in a restaurant in Maremagnum port shopping centre where several luxury yachts were to be seen. The group had a short time shopping and visited the famous Montjuic fountain. This is a collection of waterfalls and ponds on the Avingua Maria Cristina which stretches from the Palau Nacional to Placa Espanya in Montjuic. Music and special lighting effects transform the waterfalls and fountains with huge water jets into a magical world of sound and colour.
Day 2 started with a trip to the Poble Espanyol. This was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition. It was conceived as a real village and is a selection of full-scale replicas buildings from different parts of Spain. It is an open air architectural museum with squares streets and gardens. It has cafes, restaurants, craft shops and a sculpture garden. A concert was given in the Plaza Aragonesa and was much enjoyed by the passers-by. After spending some time here, the group set off for the famous football stadium Camp Nou. Everyone enjoyed this particular event.
In the evening we visited Palacio del Flamenco where we enjoyed a fabulous Spanish style meal while being mesmerized by dramatic flamenco dancing, flamboyant costumes and live music.
Day 3 saw us heading off to the beautiful city of Girona where we got to see the stunning Ontario Houses and have lunch in typical Spanish Tapas restaurants. Dinner was in the hard Rock Café in the Placa Catalunya. Very tired the group went back to the residence to catch up on sleep.
On Day 4, the group had a walking tour of the centre of the town and time for shopping in Las Ramblas. After lunch we set off for home. After a pleasant journey with plenty of in-bus entertainment the group arrived safely at Dalziel on Tuesday evening.
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