When we arrived in Madrid I didn’t want to get off the plane - I thought of all the worst case scenarios. What if my family didn’t like me? What if they were serial killers? Or worse - what if they were vegan? However, as soon as I met my family I felt at home. At first it was difficult for us to understand each other but eventually I got used to understanding and talking in Spanish.
We explored the city, visited historical monuments, and I spent all my euros in Bershka (the quality of River Island but the prices of Primark). I also enjoyed the visits with school, we saw many great sights - Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park, the Temple of Debod, and Miss Lynch on a segway. I learned so much about Spanish culture, from the amazing food such as tapas, paella and churros, to the normality of coming home from school and being able to have a three-hour nap. I know that this trip has vastly improved my ability to speak in Spanish and now I am convinced that I will move to Spain in the future and spend my days drinking mojitos and dancing flamenco. ¡Qué increíble!
by Gemma Brown (Year 13).