Spanish Homestay Visit to Granada

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On the 10th April, fourteen students from Years 10, 11 and 13 accompanied by Mrs Leite and Mrs Crebbin, set off to the beautiful Andalusian town of Granada. After a smooth plane and coach journey, we arrived in bright sunshine and were greeted by our lovely Spanish families, who gave us hospitality for a week.

From then on, started our amazing linguistic and cultural adventure!

In the morning, the students attended Spanish lessons delivered by friendly and experienced teachers from The “Escuela Montalban”.  All students came out extremely positive from their lessons, having felt that they had learnt a lot of useful material in an enjoyable fashion.

After our lunch spent with our families, we all met again in order to take part in a variety of activities, which included a tapas tour, an introduction to flamenco dancing and a cookery lesson during which we learnt how to make paella.

In the course of the week, we had the opportunity to visit some of the most famous and beautiful landmarks in Andalucia.  Indeed, we spent one day in Seville, where we saw the cathedral, the Royal Palace and the “plaza de España”.  On another occasion, we strolled through the Albaycin, the Moorish quarter of Granada, and had a picnic in the San Nicolas Mirador with breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Alhambra and the whole town before us. Later on that day, we attended a flamenco show in a cave in the Sacromonte district, famous for its music and dancing tradition. We were also incredibly lucky to spend a whole afternoon in the stunning Alhambra with a brilliant guide, Juan, who gave us fascinating historical information in a clear and accessible Spanish.

We had a fantastic time in Spain. This was due to the town of Granada itself, the warm and sunny weather, the kindness and care of our host families, the competence of our guides and teachers and the excellent behaviour of our students. Their ability to adapt to Spanish life so well and to take part in all the activities on offer with enthusiasm ensured the trip was successful. They were a real credit.

Finally, I would like to thank Mrs Leite for her invaluable support, good humour and kindness throughout the trip.

Mrs Crebbin, Teacher of Spanish