Written by Lily Hackbirth ’19 to recount Friday, March 16, 2018:
Today was our last day at Colegio Europeo de Madrid. In the morning, we got assigned different schedules to attend. Some of my classmates and I went to biology class where we traced our bodies onto a poster board and labeled the body parts with their Spanish names.
Next, we went to history class and learned about important Spanish history, and then got tested on it by a game of Kahoot. Then, our group got split again into five different groups. This consisted of having four of us per class sit in and listen to what the students were learning in their class that day. After that, we had a thirty minute break. During break the lunch ladies put out a snack in the cafeteria for the kids. Today the snack was bananas. After break we had European class. During this class we learned about ‘Internet of Things’, otherwise known as IOT. We were handed a bunch of computer parts and used bitbloq.bq.com to do a bunch of fascinating things like lighting up a lightbulb with a censor and setting a censor to create noises when activated. At 1pm we ate lunch. We were served bread, salad, scrambled eggs, and croquetas. After lunch, we had a siesta (free time) until 3 pm. During this time, many people did homework, took naps, or even played basketball and volleyball in the gym. After the siesta, we went back into groups, half of us went to radio class while the others went to learn Hip Hop. For the last hour of the school day, we had a farewell party. We were served Coca-Cola, chips, and torrijas (a common Spanish dessert in Semana Santa). They gave us farewell goodie bags, and we hung out with everyone in the cafeteria and basketball court until school ended. After school, we all went home, and now we have to pack everything up tonight. A lot of us are sad knowing we have to say adiós to our host families early tomorrow morning, but we are so thankful for the great experiences from these past two weeks!
Compiled by Mia Gilley ’19
Written by Shelby Brown to recount Friday, March 9, 2018:
Today we started the day off walking around Las Rozas for a scavenger hunt with our host students, then we had an incredible opportunity to go to City Hall and talk to the mayor.
Afterwards, we had an hour before lunch so we walked around the plaza and looked at the shops. Then we returned to the school for lunch, which today composed of a few different things including arroz cubano, vegetable rolls, and tortillas de patatas.
Then we shadowed our host students for a bit before congregating in the gym for the college fair. There, we learned about college programs in Spain. After school, we all went home with our host families. My host, Alicia, took me shopping at the mall and for frozen yogurt, which was the perfect way to jumpstart the weekend!
Students and faculty enjoyed activities with their host families over the weekend. This post, written by Peyton Hope ’19, recounts her experiences on Saturday, March 10, 2018:
Today was a full day to relax and have fun with our host families! Molly and Sandra went shopping and enjoyed eating new foods, and Lily had fun watching Dani’s sister at her volleyball game.
Marissa, Ana, Irina, and I enjoyed a day of relaxation, home-made orange juice, and a traditional Argentina dish for lunch. Shelby tried octopus for the first time, and Parker met up with Kara, who is on a school year abroad in Spain.
Tonight, everyone on the exchange will have fun at the discoteca with their hosts!
Written by Katie Oliver ’19 to recount her Sunday, March 11, 2018:
Today we got to sleep in and enjoy the morning with our exchange students! Michael and Cabot went to a soccer game while most of the girls went shopping in the city. After walking around for a while, many of us ventured off and tried different foods. Molly and I went and got gelato and some girls went with their exchange students to get Nutella-filled brownies. We all enjoyed experiencing new things today especially our adventures riding the train/subway. We later returned to our host families homes to enjoy dinner and relax for the night!
Written by Brian Washington ’19 to recount Thursday, March 8, 2018:
On Thursday, March 8th, we returned to El Colegio de Europeo de Madrid to take more classes. Unlike the classes we took on Monday, the ones we took today were more oriented towards academics; because of this, we were able to get a clearer picture of what our Spanish students’ school experience is like. Throughout the day, we had classes that had us studying the history of Spain, doing math puzzles, cooking Spanish foods, singing, and much more. Although we found it difficult to interpret our class schedules from time to time, we all had a good time overall. After school let out, we spent some time with our individual Spanish students and waited for the day to wind down.
Written by Molly Brown ’19 to recount Wednesday, March 7, 2018:
¡Hola! We started the day having breakfast with our host families and then met at the school. From school we took a short hike and then split into three groups; my group first went to rock climbing. We did that for around an hour and half; Brian and Emme were really good climbers. Brian liked it so much that he stayed! My group then went biking and it was very fun and had a great view but a lot of us got to taste some Spanish dirt on the hills and trenches (we fell)! We then ate lunch on benches in a pretty park and then we went to our last activity which was archery. The instructor explained everything in Spanish and we even had a competition! We then all walked back to the school and played soccer and basketball until 5 pm, when their school gets out. After school we all split up but then most of us went to Heron city, a big shopping center with mostly restaurants, to get pizza and gelato for dinner!
We had a great third day and our Spanish is already improving!
Written by Emme Pike ’19 to recount Tuesday, March 6, 2018:
We started our second day in Spain off with a fun adventure to Madrid! After getting a good night’s rest and eating breakfast with our host families, we boarded the bus and traveled to the country’s capital. We had an awesome tour of the city, as we strolled down el gran via (the city’s main touristy area- kind of like time’s square in NYC), learned about the plaza royal (the royal palace), did some shopping in El Centro (the center of Madrid), and browsed in El Museo de Prado (one of the most famous art museums in the country).
In between our tour, we had thirty minutes of free time which some spent going to local churro and chocolate shop, checking out the local market, or getting a quick pick-me-up at the Starbucks on the corner.
After our tour of the capital, we went back to CEM and had a little bit of resting time until our students were ready to go. The school ends at 5 pm, but the students can choose to take an extra class and get done at 6 pm. After classes, a lot of us went to el centro en Las Rosas (a big mall in the town that a lot of our host families live in). As we browsed the three-story megamall, we realized how far away from home we were – this was no MacArthur mall. We laughed and watched the Real Madrid game as we enjoyed our dinner in the mall. Overall, it was the perfect second day!