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Year 10 study trip to Barcelona – July 2013

During the first week in July this year a group of year 10 Spanish GCSE students took part in a study trip to Barcelona.

The students took part in an extensive cultural programme and a number of activities to improve their Spanish. We had a ‘Gaudí day’ where we visited places of interest designed by architect Antonio Gaudí which included visits to the Sagrada Familia and Parque Güell. Our guide described how Gaudí’s Basilica (it is not a cathedral) is the only one under construction in Europe. It is hoped it will be finished by 2026 which is the 100th anniversary of the death of Gaudí. By the end of the day we were able to distinguish Gaudi buildings from other ones.

We travelled by Funicular and cable car to Montjuic Castle high above Barcelona where we had a picnic having bought food from the traditional market ‘La Boqueria’ on ‘Las Ramblas’ Barcelona’s famous pedestrian high street. While we were in the market we interviewed shoppers or stall holders to get their views on Barcelona.

On our final day we went to ‘Las Arenas’ – a former bullring that has been converted into a modern shopping centre. Barcelona is the capital of the Catalunya region that was amongst the first in Spain to ban bullfighting. The weather was fantastic and we found the Spanish people we met to be friendly and helpful. ¡Gracias, Barcelona!

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