¿Quién? ¿Qué? ¿Dónde? - Who? What? Where?
Answer: Year 3 Students, Spanish Trip, Madrid!
A trip to the capital of Spain Madrid took place from the 22nd to the 29th of February just before Spain imposed a lockdown. Although Spain had not recorded any deaths caused by the COVID-19 virus up to that point, the trip was organized taking all the necessary precautionary measures.
It was a pleasure to travel to Madrid with forty of the Year 3 students who had chosen to study Spanish this year. We travelled through Munich with Lufthansa Airlines and stayed at a four-star hotel in a very convenient location in the north of Madrid. Students were accompanied by three teachers Chryso Constantinou (Spanish Teacher), Virginia Rengel Kefala (Spanish Teacher), Charis Sisou (Math Teacher) and Elena Michaelides (Administration Assistant and Media Coordinator).
During the week our students had the opportunity to attend a Spanish course with lots of games and role-play activities instructed by native teachers from the Abecedatic Academy. The students were provided with a certificate of attendance at the end of the week.
They also had the opportunity to attend a flamenco show at one of the most famous flamenco restaurants in Madrid, as well as a Spanish traditional dinner.
They visited the Embassy of Cyprus in Spain where they had a discussion with the Ambassador of Cyprus Mrs Koula Sophianou.
The students were guided by Sergio, a native local teacher, around the historic centre of the town. They visited el Museo del Prado as well as the Reina Sofía museums, where they admired the paintings of Goya, Velazquez, Tintoretto and other famous artists.
They walked around the most famous streets of Madrid such as Gran via, Puerta de Alcala and Barro de Salamanca. They had such fun participating at a photo competition in Retiro Park where they ended the day having a picnic.
According to the pupils, one of their favourite days was when they visited the European University of Madrid and they were given a tour around the different departments and the gardens, (where one of their favourite Spanish series was filmed) and attended a workshop by a University lecturer.
Students were also given a tour around Toledo - The Greek painter El Greco’s town- where they bought lots of souvenirs, enjoyed visiting centre of Alcazar and went Ziplining.
At the end of the week, they visited the stadium of Real Madrid Santiago Bernabéu where they had the chance to take pictures in the Stadium and even visit the changing rooms. Finally, they visited the team’s museum, where they were introduced to the history of the team. Some students chose to return there to watch a Champions league football match between Real Madrid and Manchester City, while the rest of them enjoyed a night dancing and singing at a Spanish club.
Madrid trip Organiser