Granada Homestay – Easter 2016
Meeting in the early afternoon on Easter Sunday, twelve students in one Ratcliffe minibus and their belongings in another, our party headed off to Luton for an early evening flight. Despite an hour’s delay, students arrived excited to Granada, following a coach transfer from Malaga airport. Host families had waited patiently, giving us a warm welcome and then leading the way to the students’ new home for the week. With the promise of sleep to sustain an action-packed week ahead, we followed our hosts eagerly.
Mornings were spent at the language school, Escuela Montalbán, where students had the opportunity to improve their Spanish in a traditional classroom setting with native speakers. However, many other linguistic possibilities presented themselves on the trip, through conversation with host families at mealtimes and via a wide range of activities in the afternoons. We were fortunate enough to be assigned a highly knowledgeable guide, who gave us an excellent insight into the history of Spain, and who accompanied us on a tour of Granada city centre on Monday, the beautiful Alhambra on Thursday, and finally on our full day visit to Seville on Friday. Mid week, students enjoyed a cooking class, where they learned how to make the traditional Spanish dish of paella, as well as a visit to the ancient Arab Quarter, El Albaicín, with Wednesday evening being spent watching a spectacular live flamenco performance in an enchanting cave set in the hills of the Sacromonte district.
We were blessed with warm, sunny afternoons despite the initially chilly mornings, which further contributed to the enjoyment of the week’s activities. During ‘free time’, either before or after the afternoon’s activities on the itinerary, students had fun exploring the shops, where they bought souvenirs and gifts for family and friends, as well as purchasing a few additions for their ever-expanding wardrobes (and suitcases!).
A smooth journey direct to Malaga airport followed our visit to Seville on Friday, although the return home was hampered by a combination of flight delays and diversions in the UK upon leaving Luton airport. Parents’ forbearance of the rather unearthly time at which they collected their charges was much appreciated! I would also like to thank Miss Casas-Ojeda for her invaluable support throughout the trip, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Please take a look at the photos below.