sábado, 22 de abril de 2017

Day 6: Cabárceno, Santillana, Santander


by Cecily and Liz
 Cecily 
Today we went to the Parque de la naturaleza Cabárceno Zoo in Cantabria. I was very excited to go, because I had heard so many funny stories about the trip to the zoo from my friend who had participated in the exchange the year before. When I heard that our exchange students were coming with us for the day I was even more excited. 

Although the ride to the zoo was long it was relaxing. We listened to American and Spanish music and sang together. My favorite song was 'Súbame el Radio de Enrique Iglesias". When we got to the park, I was immediately surprised by its beauty. The cliffs were incredible. The first exhibit we saw was the Bears. Our guide told us there were over 70 bears! She was very knowledgeable about all the animals. My favorite animal to see was the elephant. I also saw a baby zebra which was very cool. 

Liz
My favorite parts were seeing the baby bear cubs wrestling and playing with the mom as we were above them on gondolas that reminded me of a ski lift. The most popular among all the students and teachers was the chimpanzee exhibit because there were two older babies and one that was only three weeks old. The two older ones kept playing tag and running around, and we were all laughing so hard it hurt. 


Later on in the afternoon we visited a beautiful old town named Santillana Del Mar, where most people walked around to shops and get ice cream. 

Cecily 
Finally, we went to Santander where we spent two hours going to the beach and eating more ice cream. It was a big beautiful where Liz and I got cookie ice cream. It was the best ice cream we'd had on the trip so far.

viernes, 21 de abril de 2017

Day 4: Family Life in Getxo


by Natalie Talbot and Abby Chipman

Today was the first full day with our exchange families. We all started our day out having breakfast with the family and then meeting up at the Metro to go on our adventure!
We did not know where we were going, but when we got there, we were very surprised. We went to Bakio and hiked up a very very tall mountain to get to the church called San Juan de Gaztelugatxe 

On our way up to the church we were all in awe by the beautiful cliffs and beach. The hike up the hill was the hardest part of this exchange by far! When we reached the top it was extremely rewarding to ring the bell and take on the beautiful view. We had lunch at the church and relaxed together. We felt blessed to be able to look at the scenery. Walking back up the hill from the church was extremely difficult but after that it was all down hill.


We ended our little excursion by sitting on the beach until the bus came. We sat in the sand and compared ours day to each other. The sun was starting to the set when we were on the beach and eating ice cream, and it showed through everyone's burnt faces that we were as relaxed as possible. This was one of the most active and rewarding days so far and we can't wait to see what else Spain has in store for us!




jueves, 20 de abril de 2017

Day 3 - Madrid -Segovia - Getxo


Julia Cuneo y Sam Hasett

Today we went to the Reina Sophia Museum. We went through a Pablo Picasso exhibit, where we saw the painting Guernica. It was very interesting because we had learned about Guernica in class, so we were excited to see it in person. The museum is for modern art, so we also saw paintings by Salvador Dali, Joan Miró  and other modern artists.
After the Reina Sophia, we walked to the Madrid train station, called the Atocha. In 2004 there was a terrorist attack at Atocha, so we went into a memorial room. The room was very big and open and in the center there was a dome in the ceiling that was clear and let light into the room and had words in all different languages etched into it. In another part of the train station there was a big pond where we saw lots of turtles.




After leaving Madrid we got on the bus and were lucky enough to get a couple hours of sleep. We stopped in Segovia a gorgeous town north of Madrid, and spent a few hours exploring. We walked as a group from the famous aquaduct over 2000 years old  to La Plaza Mayor which is a small square surrounded by buildings and a cathedral. We had free time to get lunch and do some shopping, we stopped at a bakery and got pastries for lunch. An hour later we walked to the Segovia Alcazar, a beautiful castle towards the end of Segovia. Despite the many narrows staircases in the castle the view at the top of the tower was amazing. The pictures we took don't compare to the live view we experienced in Segovia. 
We finally met up with our exchange partners. The bus was filled with excitement and nerves as we pulled up. Everyone was holding signs and cheering and we were so excited to be reunited with them again! 

miércoles, 19 de abril de 2017

Madrid, Day 2



by Megan and Avery

Today we began our day with breakfast at the hotel and then started our journey to      El PradoCarlos first guided the group to La Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá and finally El Retiro in which we were given time to explore the area on our own. We were lucky enough to rent a boat for a short while and bask in the beautiful Spanish sun. After our boat ride, we walked to the Jardin de los Recuerdos, lined with trees that looked like they were drawn in a Dr. Suess book. I had never seen such a serene and calming setting. The flowers were perfectly placed alongside with an arrangement of trees that amazingly made me feel comfortable and at home.     
Only a minute away from the garden was the Prado Museum. In the Prado we were able to see the artwork of famous Spanish artists such as Velazquez, Goya, and el Greco. We learned about these artists in Spanish class, so it was amazing to actually see all their art. It was incredible to see all this, it's crazy to think that the pieces in front of my eyes were made hundreds of years ago by extremely famous artists. My favorite piece was "Los borrachos", it was so much bigger than I expected, I can't imagine the hard work and dedication it took to create it. 
A few hours later we went on a guided walk around Madrid. One of the most impressive parts was the street that many famous Spanish writers used to live on. There were quotes from famous writers written on the street, it made me realize the amazing significance of the area and I felt so special and inspired being in the same area where so great pieces of literature were written. 
At night, to end our day, we went to a flamenco show. I can't believe how quickly the dancers' feet and hands moved! I wish I was that talented. I'm so impressed with the richness of the Spanish culture and I can't wait to experience the even more unique Basque culture soon. We never want to leave this wonderful city!!! 






martes, 18 de abril de 2017

Scituate's Students in Madrid

Diary: Day 1

by Nathan Moore y Chris Durante

Chris: I woke up at 730 AM, an hour and a half before the bus to the airport. I barley slept the night before but was up early the next morning anyway. When we boarded the bus, I said goodbye to my parents and the excitement set in. The plane ride to Chicago was only 2 hours long but I still slept for most of it. After a short layover in Ohare airport, we finally got onto the airbus to Madrid. I was amazed by the size of the airplane and I had a moment of clarity that this was really happening. I was actually going to Spain. The first steps out of Madrid Airport onto Spanish ground was an entirely new feeling. And the chocolate con churros was one of the best breakfasts I've ever hadThe chocolate was so rich and the churros were so sweet, it was an amazing combination. We saw all of the marketplaces and centers of Madrid and it was a totally different world than America.



Nathan: During our break, we were allowed to head back to the hotel to catch up on rest or to journey to one of the plazas to get lunch. Many of us chose to head back to the hotel to catch up on lost sleep from the plane and to become more accustomed to the local time. At 3:15 we met and boarded a bus to the Palace Real of Aranjuez, a drive about 45 minutes outside the city. Many of us fell asleep on the bus and were woken once we reached the palace. The palace is composed of a central building, flanked by two wings, one for each the king and queen. As we toured the palace, we were greeted with themed rooms, ranging from Asian porcelain to an Alhambra room full of vibrant colors and intricate tile work. The palace rooms were decorated with art from famous renaissance and Spanish painters. Other walls were decorated with tapestries from as far back as the 17th century, many of the original, while others were restored by the national tapestry factory located in Madrid. Located behind the palace are the gardens, full of old trees, detailed fountains, and stray cats. A river running through the garden was full of geese, ducks, and carp, while some locals fished and paddle boarded in it. After visiting the royal palace, we boarded a bus to head to our group dinner in the city.

lunes, 20 de marzo de 2017

BYE BERGEN!



Saturday was our last day in Bergen. In the morning, we did different things with the families, such as sailing in the fjords! At 15:30, we went to the airport and said goodbye to our friends and Norwegian families! Sad moments! Time to come back home!





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viernes, 17 de marzo de 2017

LAST DAYS IN BERGEN




On Thursday, first of all, we started with a presentation of NAV. A representative of this organization talked about what  that company does to help people find a job. They do some research in different companies to give you the best option. She also told us about how important soft skills are in order to get a job. After that, we continued with the workshops. We worked in different groups about the  economic situation, soft skills and internship.Some of us also prepared a magazine and a newspapaer with information about the activities carried out during the week.  
We had lunch at the cafe, we ate a typical taco salad. In the afternoon, most of us finished with our tasks in the workshops.We left  the school at about 3 pm and we went home to prepare some dessert for the national evening, for example browni, cakes and biscuits.
At 5 o'clock we went to school again for the national evening, all of as were there. We had a wonderful dinner with tipical Norwegian dishes and we danced and had fun until we got tired. Finally, we went home and this fantastic day ended.


On Friday we started the day with a conversation via skype with Germany and Poland. We shared our conclusions about the chances to get an internship. It seems that is is very difficult to get internships for foreign students of our age.
Then we prepared our oral presentations and performed some role plays.We performed an interview in which some of us were applying for a job and some others were the employers. We had to remember what we had learned throught the week to do this task correctly!
In the cafeteria we ate a really good pizza with salad and water and a bluberry cake.
After  lunch we gave our oral presentations about the different workshops. We had a brochure, a newspaper, a magazine, some posters, documents and slide presentations! Finally, we carried out the evaluation answering to a google questionnaire on our phones.

In the afternoon, we went to the city to know more about Bergen and some of us went shopping, we had  dinner at Mc Donalds.