Shrewsbury School

Spanish Study Visit to La Coruña 2017

Thursday 20 April 2017

A report on a very productive and enjoyable week, written by George Ludlam (R III).

On Saturday 25th March, we set off for London Stansted with Mr Wright and Miss Higgins to catch a plane to Santiago de Compostela airport. We transferred to La Coruña, where we were met by our wonderfully welcoming host families.

We spent most of the next day getting to know our host families, then met up with the group to watch a La Liga match in the Plaza María Pita, the attractive main square of La Coruña. We then returned to our host families ready for the next day of lessons and activities.

During lessons we revised the Spanish covered over the year. We split into two groups: a Third Form group and a Fourth & Fifth Form group. We walked to the seafront, had a guided historical tour of the city, in Spanish and English, inluding the marina, Plaza María Pita, the old town and Sir John Moore’s garden. We then caught a bus to Marineda entertainment centre for a Spanish karting activity.

On Tuesday after lessons we attended a tortilla cooking demonstration, in Spanish and English. We visited the park and after lunch walked along the beach to the aquarium. We then climbed to the top of the Torre de Hercules, the steps of the world’s oldest functioning lighthouse, to be greeted by panoramic views of the city and the Atlantic.

During lessons the next day we covered surfing vocabulary before undertaking a surfing lesson in Spanish during the afternoon. The surfing was great, with the waves getting bigger each time. Afterwards we visited the city centre to have a bit of free time in the Spanish sunshine.

The day-trip to Santiago de Compostela was a highlight of the trip. We travelled by train to visit the cathedral and the traditional centre of this beautiful city, steeped in history and a fascinating culture. We stopped off at a well-known cheese shop to sample some famous Galician cheese before lunch. The rooftop tour of the famous cathedral was a fascinating experience before returning to La Coruña in the evening.

We all returned home having considerably boosted our knowledge of the Spanish culture and language. It was an enriching experience for all the group and I would like to thank the Spanish Faculty for organising such a memorable experience.

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