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Spanish speakers explore Sevilla
08 November 2019
In the very early hours of Monday 21 October, 32 girls accompanied by Mr Flox, Ms Monet Rossetti, Miss Archer and Miss Veleiro left from EHS to board a flight from Gatwick Airport to Málaga, to be later transferred to the Spanish city of Sevilla. After a rather long journey, we arrived in Sevilla in the late afternoon, where the girls had a chance to settle into their rooms and then explore the area around the hostel.
On Tuesday morning, we headed to the Flamenco museum, where the girls were treated to a thorough historical tour of this very traditional art form, followed by an hour-long flamenco dance lesson. Everyone enjoyed it very much, and felt energized for the subsequent visit to Parque María Luisa, where we stopped for a picnic. In the afternoon, we headed towards the magnificent Plaza de España, to be impressed by an impromptu flamenco performance by some local artists. After some free time to explore the old town, the barrio de Santa Cruz, everyone got ready for the evening meal and a well-deserved rest.
On Wednesday morning we visited the Alcázar palace, built in the 12th century in a mixture of different architectonic styles and which is still the official residence of the Spanish royal family when they visit Seville. After lunch, we enjoyed some more time in the old town before celebrating the three birthdays happening during the trip (Tyra, Natasha and Valentina) with a visit to a local café, where we all enjoyed some delicious “chocolate con churros”.
On Thursday, the eagerly awaited boat cruise took place in the river Guadalquivir, the largest river in Southern Spain. We were able to admire some important landmarks (la Torre del Oro, la Plaza de la Maestranza), and at the same time learned about the history of the different bridges and the Isla de la Cartuja, an island which hosted several buildings and facilities in 1992 during the World Exhibition held in Sevilla.
After breakfast and checking out, the group headed to Gibraltar on Friday morning. Although we had to do quite a lot of walking in rather warm conditions (to the extent that the day was compared by some girls to a Duke of Edinburgh expedition!), we finally arrived at the cable car station. The short journey by cable car delivered us to the viewing platform. As the day was very sunny and clear, we were able to see the bay of Algeciras, as well as North Africa. Unfortunately, and despite the repeated warnings and reminders by staff, some girls had some very close encounters with the local monkey population, although we did not let this spoil the day.
In the evening, we boarded our flight back to Gatwick from Málaga, exhausted and excited to return to the UK and start the half term holiday. It was a trip enjoyed by everyone, and provided girls with an opportunity to experience the local culture. I would like to thank all girls for their enthusiasm and cooperation, and especially the accompanying staff who gave up their time to make it a success.
Mr Flox Nieva
Head of Spanish
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