Spanish Study Visit to Córdoba

07 November 2018

Twelve Spanish students from the Fourth, Fifth and Upper Sixth Forms embarked on the journey to the south-west of Spain in Córdoba, over Half Term, to spend six days with native host families. With a smooth and successful journey to Spain, we arrived in La Plaza de Colón to be greeted by our hosts. However, somewhat unexpectedly, none of the families spoke a word of English, so we were all thrown in at the deep end from the very first day. Through a combination of nodding, smiling and charades, we all managed to settle in at our new homes for the first evening.

On the following day, with a packed lunch prepared by our hosts, we met up, excited to compare details of our evenings, and our battles with the language barrier. We then spent the morning at a language centre in the city, having a Spanish lesson taught by a local, which we would do every morning of our trip, with the exception of our day trip to Seville. At the close of our lessons, we went to visit Córboba’s Mosque-Cathedral in the old quarter of the city and enjoyed a guided tour around the ancient building. Afterwards, we explored the city for ourselves over lunch, successfully ordering food in Spanish. We returned to our host families, now feeling more comfortable speaking Spanish.

The next day, after our daily lessons, we were able to discover more of Córdoba’s landmarks and stunning attractions. We visited the Alcázar fortress, also located in the historic quarter of Córdoba. Within the fortress, there are beautiful gardens around which we enjoyed wandering, appreciating the ancient Spanish architecture of the fortress towers. We also walked across Córdoba’s historic Roman bridge, another important landmark of the city. 

Wednesday happened to be a bank holiday in Spain so we assembled a little later than usual, allowing for a well-earned lie-in! As there was no lesson that morning, we had a planned visit to Seville. Following the hour and a half coach journey, we arrived in Seville in time for a quick ice cream at the Plaza de España! We then set off on our self-guided tour of the city, taking in the Roman Catholic cathedral and going up the Giralda Tower, which allowed us to see the expansive views of the city. We also visited the tomb of Christopher Columbus and saw much of Seville’s beautiful architecture. 

On our final day, we finished our Spanish lessons before rushing out for a delicious Spanish crêpe! Following a little free time, we met up for a group lunch to sample traditional Spanish tapas. The afternoon was filled with shopping and a bus tour of the city, opportunities that allowed us to use our Spanish in real-life situations and learn about the history of Córdoba.

We had a particularly early start to our last day when we took the coach back to Málaga airport. Before we knew it, we were pulling back into the car park at School!

We all enjoyed a fun, informative and memorable trip to Spain.

 

Tiggy Teare and Chloe Alexander

Upper Sixth and Fourth Form

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