Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Our journey to Spain. Tadhg Ó Cuirrín

I first became involved in the Comenius when the Bulgaria, Spanish and Norwegian schools visited our school in Ireland last October. I helped to host them and I enjoyed the experience of meeting new people and learning about their different ways of life so much that I began working on the project. I am studying Spanish in school so I was excited that I would have an opportunity to go to Catalonia and see how people live there.

We set off for Spain on the 13 march. On our arrival in Barcelona we went straight to our hostel where we spent the night.
On Thursday we went to the Barcelona Zoo had dinner in Barcelona visited the Picasso museum a very enjoyable day. When we first met our friends in Spain we were a little shy but when we had spent sometime with them we soon began to form a friendship with these people which will last a lifetime. On Thursday night we got to our Spanish friends house where we stay for the rest of our trip. We learnt about how our friends in Spain lived we saw the area they lived and had the chance to experience there language .
On our first day with or friends from Spain Bulgaria and Norway we began early our first stop was the town hall we had a guided tour of the town hall where we saw a lot of art work and the wonderful architecture f the building also the history behind it. After this we walked to the Sagrada  Familia a cathedral designed and worked on by a famous architect named Gaudi , we learned that the work on this amazing cathedral began back in the 1800s and is still being worked on today and work is expected to continue until around 2026. After our tour of the cathedral we had our lunch in Barcelona and later on that evening we paid a visit to the old town of Barcelona were a Spanish teacher gave us a guided tour and a little history on the area. We then separated from teachers and spent the night with all our new friends.
Saturday we went on trip to the monastery sat on top of a mountain named Monzerat. We had a tour and learnt history of the area and also had a tour of the museum which had paintings from lots of famous artists such as Picasso in it. During our break we climbed to peak of the mountain over 1000 steps an amazing experience to share with our friends. It was great fun.That night we had dinner with our friends and spent the evening together.
 On Sunday we had a free day to spend with friends we all met together at the beach and spent most of the day there playing sport and a little swimming, enjoying the heat.  Here’s a photo to prove we were there!
After the beach we went home for our dinner and later met together that evening and went bowling for the night altogether a very good day spent with friends.
Monday we visited our Spanish friends school a very big school where we got to sit in a class with our Spanish friend and also have a class learning Catalan. Later we gave our presentations in the library and received or cert for Comenius. That evening we had some free time for food and shopping in Barcelona city. We then spent our final night laughing and having fun with our friends.
Tuesday we were up early we made the journey to the airport and said a very sad goodbye to our friends who we will always miss.
Altogether the journey was an amazing experience we learnt so much from all our friends in Bulgaria,  Norway and especially in Spain , We had the opportunity to stay with there families who made us so welcome and looked after us so well through our stay. I had never been away on my own before so I was a little nervous at first.  It’s a journey I will never forget and I have made friends I will never forget. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and learnt so much and met so many people.
 I thank everyone who took part in the project for making it such an amazing experience.

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