Viva Strathallan – a trip to Spain

On the 12th April, 29 students and 3 teachers set off for 30 hours of travel to Madrid, Spain. As soon as we arrived we went to the hotel and then did a walking city tour of the beautiful city, stopping for chocolate con churros. On the second day, we went to the Warner Bros theme park, which definitely fixed our jetlag! On the 15th we visited the Real Madrid F.C Stadium and El Prado museum to admire the beautiful art and massive stadium! We then headed to the Retiro Park and did a bike tour around it. The next day we ventured to the tiny, yet magical, city of Segovia. We learned about the history as we walked from one side of the city to the other, where we climbed to the top of the Alcazar.

The next day we left Madrid and arrived in Valencia after a 2-hour high-speed train ride. We visited a tiger nut farm, drunk horchata and got a lesson on how to make it. We then met our host families and went back to their houses. The next day we had a 3-hour Spanish lesson to develop our skills, and then went to the historical center and cathedral, followed by some free time to explore and shop. The next day we were supposed to visit a Spanish orchard but because of the weather we were redirected to an art and science museum, and then went to an Aquarium for the afternoon. The next day we were supposed to go to the beach, but the weather was still not looking good so instead, we went to an indoor trampoline park, played some laser tag and did indoor beach volleyball. That night we had our last dinner with our host families in Valencia.

The next morning we said our goodbyes and got on a bus for a 6-hour ride to Granada. As soon as we arrived we met our new host families and went back to theirs for dinner. The next day we visited the beautiful cathedral and royal chapel and then we had some free time. On the 23rd – everyone’s favourite day – we headed to a high school! We got to meet our buddies that we had been talking to. We danced with them and then we had some time to just hangout with them and make new friends! Definitely a highlight of the trip. After the school visit, we went to the Arab and Gypsy neighbourhoods and then we learned how to dance flamenco, then watched a flamenco dance performance after a tapas dinner. We ended our stay in Granada the next day by visiting the stunning La Alhambra.

The next day began with a 2-hour bus ride to Cordoba. Once in Cordoba, we had a tour guide show us around the Mosque-Cathedral and then had lunch in a typical Spanish restaurant. After our short stay in Cordoba we hopped on a high-speed train back to Madrid and then had our last dinner in Spain. The next day we had a hip-hop dance lesson in the morning, and then headed to a mall for lunch and some free time before going to the airport. Finally, after a long 25 hours of flying our families welcomed us back home.

– Written by Abbie Webb