Despite the best efforts of the Beast of the East, three members of staff (Miss Roman-Blencoe, Mr Gevaert and Miss Smith) together with a group of 21 Year 9 and 10 pupils, braved the cold and set off for Gatwick airport at 6am on Thursday March 1st, destination Barcelona.
After a 2-hour delay, they said goodbye to the snow and headed for the blue skies and warm weather of north-eastern Spain. After collecting luggage, the visitors met their driver and headed to the Barcelona sports hostel.
The hostel was situated close to the Sagrada Familia in El Barrio de la Gracia, a quirky, low key area in central Barcelona. On Thursday afternoon the group walked down to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s still unfinished masterpiece. Pupils were given time to get food and explore the area before returning to the hostel for dinner and a good night’s rest.
On Friday they visited the Nou Camp football stadium, home to FC Barcelona in the morning, before catching the bus to Park Güell. Students were able to explore this UNESCO world heritage site composed of gardens and architecture, also designed by Gaudi, a renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism. In the evening, pupils and staff went head to head in a battle at the Pedrables bowling alley.
On Saturday they started at the Picasso museum, then headed over to the Bocería food market, where pupils had the opportunity to try local delicacies, before walking up and down Las Ramblas. Saturday evening, pupils and staff enjoyed a night of Flamenco and paella, starting with a short lesson in the art of Flamenco. They did a lot of walking and crammed a lot into two and a half days, but everyone had a fantastic time and learnt a lot.