During the recent February vacation, students in the 11th and 12th grade Spanish language classes traveled to Spain with Mrs. Perla Yanovitch (senior class co-advisor), Mrs. Libia Gallo (high school Spanish teacher), and Mr. Victor Kim (high school math and physics teacher), as well as a few parent chaperones. The group had an amazing week-long immersion into Spanish language, culture, food and art. Many thanks to Mrs. Yanovitch for sharing her travel journal with us and to senior Jeremy Wechsler for his photographs.
Day 1 – Upon our arrival in Seville (one of the great cathedral and university cities of Europe), we went food shopping so that we could cook in our apartments. In the evening we enjoyed a flamenco show.
Day 2 - We went to Cordoba – an important city during the Moorish empire known for its Islamic architecture as well as the large old town and Jewish quarters. After a very informative tour of The Mezquita-Catedral and old town, we went to a local soccer game, Cordoba vs. Alarcon. It was a nail-bitter with the home team tying the game in the 90th minute! The packed stadium rocked throughout the second half, until the home team scored the tying goal.
Day 3 - In Sevilla, the students had a tour – personally arranged by Waldorf parent and chaperone Angela Patiño – of the city’s beautiful bullring and museum. We also walked along the river and saw La Torre de Oro, a symbol of Sevilla by the River Guadalquivir. In the afternoon we went on a walking tour through the Barrio Santa Cruz, a tiny quarter of narrow streets and whitewashed houses.
Day 4 – In Jerez de la Frontera we visited the famous Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and observed the elegant horses being trained. In Cadiz, we took a long coastal walk leading up to the San Sebastian Castle, El Castillo de San Sebastian and the cathedral.
Day 5 – On our last day in Sevilla, we visited Sevilla’s cathedral, one of the largest in the world, where the remains of Christopher Columbus are said to be. The students climbed the 34 floors to the top of the Giralda, the ancient minaret. Then, after churros y chocolate by the river (yummy), we went to visit La Plaza de España, where some of the students went rowing.
Day 6 – In Granada, we had a tapas lunch in the Albicin, the old Arab neighborhood with a million dollar view, overlooking the Alahambra. We then explored the Alhambra, Spain’s finest display of Moorish architecture.
Day 7 – On our last day, we visited the caves in Nerja, a series of vast caverns discovered in 1959. Wall paintings found there are believed to be over 2,000 years old! After a paella lunch on the beach, we visited Frigiliana, a charming Pueblo Blanco, or “White Town”, with its interesting narrow, uphill, winding streets. We ended the day in Malaga, a beautiful and thriving coastal city.
The entire trip was a terrific opportunity for all the students to experience and practice the Spanish they learned in class and gain a unique perspective into Spanish culture.
Photos courtesy of Jeremy Wechsler.