On 22 March, Year 8 Spanish students and teachers set off for the city of Barcelona in the region of Catalonia.
We dived straight into our activities and headed off to Sagrada Familia. The Sagrada Familia is one of the most intricate churches in the world. It was designed by the artist Gaudi and construction started in 1882, and most of Gaudi's life was devoted to this project. On the second day, we went to the extraordinary Parque Guell. The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. Made with detailed mosaics, the curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere. Gaudí incorporated many motifs of Catalan nationalism, and elements from religious mysticism and ancient poetry, into the park.
Along the way, we also learned about another artist called Miro. We visited a museum of his artwork and saw some very well-known pieces of art, such as Woman in Front of the Sun. We also explored the Spanish Civil War briefly by visiting Castell De Montjuic. The castle stands 173 metres above the port and was once used by a cartographer as a base to map out the geographical coordinates of Barcelona.
We have been studying food in lessons, and how to ask for things in restaurants or cafes. To practise these skills we visited a traditional Spanish market where we learnt new words and ate some traditional Spanish food. This trip was full of fun activities and was a memorable moment of Year 8.
Ruby and Dia, Year 8