A group of S3 and S4 pupils went on a Modern Languages trip to Barcelona during the September weekend. Here, Rachel Henderson Condie 4C writes about the visit.
Thursday September 22nd:
What can be better than a half day at school? A half day which would end with us arriving in the beautiful city of Barcelona. The bus picked us up and we headed off to Prestwick Airport for our 5.30pm flight. After a 3-hour flight we arrived in a lovely warm Barcelona. A coach picked us up and we arrived at our accommodation, Alberg Pere Tarrés. We got to our rooms, tired and ready for a good night’s sleep.
Friday September 23rd:
We were woken at 6.45am, had breakfast then headed to the Metro de Barcelona to get a train to Park Güell. Park Güell is a public park created by Eusebi Guell. It consists of stone structures, gardens, Mosaic-covered buildings, steps, sculptures and panoramic views over the city. It was extremely busy, however highly enjoyable to see all the beautiful gardens and pieces of mosaic work.
After Park Güell, we went for lunch at a local restaurant called ‘Amelie’ where we had pizza. Next it was the Gaudí house which was the architect’s residence for 20 years. We saw a selection of objects which he had designed and got a great view of the streets down below as the building is 12 floors high.
Afterwards, we went to the Picasso museum which houses hundreds of paintings by the world famous Spanish artist. Dinner was at Fresc Co’s which was a buffet. We intended to go to the ‘Magic Fountain’ that evening, however there was a rainstorm which meant we were unable to go, disappointed we headed back to the hostel rather wet.
Saturday September 24th:
On Saturday, we visited Las Ramblas where we watched a street parade. We got ice-cream from a cafe and sat in the square which was very pretty. We went shopping and got lunch before getting on the subway and heading off to Camp Nou, Barcelona’s football stadium! We toured the building and saw the changing rooms, interview room and sat in the stadium seats. The stadium was amazing and definitely one of the highlights of the trip. After visiting the Camp Nou we went for dinner at Fresc Co’s again. Then a late night visit to the beach, where we got crepes and waffles.
Sunday September 25th:
On the final day we visited the Sagrada Familia which is a stunning church designed by Gaudí. The building work started 134 years ago and it is still under construction. It is estimated it will be finished around 2026! Despite not being finished it is very beautiful and is an astonishing 170m high! Afterwards we got lunch and then went on an open-top bus tour. This was a great way to see all the city sights from the top of a London Bus on a lovely sunny day. We got off at the shopping centre, Maremagnum, which was beside a port. We got lunch here and spent around 3 hours shopping. We then caught the subway back to the hostel, picked up our bags and got the coach back to the airport. Our flight home was delayed so we didn’t arrive back until 1.30am.
Overall, the trip was an amazing and an unmissable experience. I enjoyed the Spanish culture, getting to speak a little of the language and visiting the beautiful buildings and mostly, the weather stayed sunny. Roop Dhami said: “I loved seeing all the Spanish culture and visiting many interesting sights!” Eleanor Hall added: “All the sights were really interesting and the Spanish food was amazing.”