Brilliant memories of an amazing trip

Spalding Grammar School students in Spain.
Spalding Grammar School students in Spain.
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GRAMMAR VIEWS: THis month by Year 7 students Ben Baker and Keshav Gupta

It was an ‘amazing’ residential in Spain for a party of students and staff during the school’s Flexyweek.

Spalding Grammar School students on an excursion on their trip to Santander, Spain.

Spalding Grammar School students on an excursion on their trip to Santander, Spain.

At 2:40am on the opening Saturday, 24 students and four teachers arrived at SGS to go to Spain. After a two-hour coach journey, the excited students swiftly got on to the plane and left England to go to sunny Spain.

Around about 10 o’clock in the morning (Spanish time) the party landed safely in Bilbao. They got back on the coach to go to the world-famous Guggenheim museum where they saw modern art made by Jeff Koons and other modern artists.

After a thrilling time at the play area, the pupils got back on the coach and set off to the hotel Alisas in the city of Santander. After we had settled in to the hotel, we had a new experience with asparagus soup, beef steak or the vegetarian option with yoghurt for dessert.

The daily routine for the rest of the week was to get up at 7, breakfast at 8, leave the hotel for school at 8:45, return to the hotel for lunch and leave for an afternoon full of exciting activities.

The school format was 9-11 am Spanish lessons, 11-11:30 was break and finally 11:30-12:30 was the final Spanish lesson.

Many people thought the school was an exciting and surprising experience, especially when we went to the market and saw a variety of different kinds of food not common in the UK.

On the Sunday we had a tour of Santander which included many tourist attractions and a bit of shopping; we also went on a tourist train doing sightseeing of the beaches and El Palacio de la Magdalena, which the king and queen used to visit during the summer years ago. Next to it, there is an open sea life park where we saw some other animals.

The next day, the activity was a two-hour dancing experience of Latin rhythms like Merengue and Cha-cha-chá. There was a 10-minute dance off at the end, with Sepiso Irotumhe and Nathan Hope coming joint top and Keshav Gupta and Ben Baker coming second with a joint routine.

After the dancing, the group took a short trip to a ‘chocolatería’ where we enjoyed the delicious taste of the traditional ‘chocolate con churros’.

On the Tuesday the visit was to the Oceanographic Museum where we saw a lot of fascinating sea creatures – for example a two-headed sardine, the remains of three different whales and a mind-blowing giant squid and a glow-in-the-dark fish. The aquarium had a mixture of sharks, skates, starfish, tiger sharks, eels and manta rays.

After this, the students went shopping to a mixture of shops.

Finally, on the last day, the group went on a brilliant boat trip to the touristic area of Somo. There we played cricket, football and dug up the sand on the beach.

Eventually, the trip was over and the students had to leave the amazing city of Santander with its 22°C. We arrived at SGS at 1:30 in the morning and reunited with our families.

Brilliant memories will remain with us as this was an unforgettable trip.