Year 10 pupils Molly and Holly report on their trip:
This October, pupils studying Spanish from Years 9 to 11 had the honour of visiting Salamanca on the annual Spanish trip. We flew from Heathrow to Madrid Airport on Friday 19 October. Shortly after we arrived we travelled to Real Madrid Stadium and we walked through the various displays. In the evening we travelled back to the hotel in Salamanca and had dinner.
On our second day in Spain we we went to our first of two ISLA school lessons where we revised our Spanish knowledge through games and quizzes. We then had a tour guide from ISLA take around the city of Salamanca. We were shown the various sites and saw many cathedrals. It was very interesting and the city was beautiful and historic. After, we went to visit a car museum and then we had a cooking lesson where we learnt how to cook some tapas. We made guacamole and ‘torrijas’. In the evening we did our last activity of the day which was salsa dancing. We paired up and tried our best to learn the steps. It was a fun night out!
We travelled to Segovia with our guide, to have a tour of the city. The area was very beautiful with lots of monuments and old buildings. The Roman aqueduct was amazing. The following day we walked to the market in Salamanca, 10 minutes away from our hotel. Later we had a treasure hunt. My team was given 10 challenges we had to complete in 1 hour. Challenges included asking questions to the locals and getting them to sing a Spanish song. It was fun and easy as all the locals were very friendly. Later in the evening we had our second Spanish lesson and after we walked to the traditional micro theatre in Salamanca. A micro theatre is a small room used for small performances. We watched our performance for about half an hour. It was done using simple language so we could understand easily. Later that night we had a tapas tour. We visited three tapas restaurants and tasted different styles of food they had at each stop.
On the last day, we visited a very historical palace near Madrid called El Escorial and our guide taught us about Spanish history. It was very beautiful inside, the palace was huge. Later in Madrid we had free time around the Plaza del Sol and we did some last minute shopping.