A group of 16 pupils, along with Miss Boyd and Miss Burke, finally travelled to Barcelona for our long awaited language and culture trip. We travelled from Liverpool John Lennon Airport on the evening of 4th July and landed in Barcelona just in time for bed! There wasn’t a great deal of sleep had on the first night, but it didn’t stop us getting up bright and early the next day to go and explore the city with our tour guide.
We mastered the metro, took in the sights, observed some of Gaudi’s great work and even enjoyed a bit of lunch and shopping on La Rambla. We managed to get ourselves to the Montjuic area later that afternoon and took the funicular and then enjoyed amazing views on the Monjuic Cable Cars to the top to Montjuic Castle. We then strolled to the Olympic Stadium and had a wander around the outside. It was a very warm day and by this stage we were all getting a bit tired. We headed back to our hostel, via a supermarket for rehydration and evening snacks. We enjoyed our evening meal back at our hostel and then it was off to bed, ready for our next adventures.
The next day we were a bit more under pressure to navigate our way to three different attractions by specific times, but we managed it with ease! We started off with a short walk to Camp Nou, to see the home of FC Barcelona. We enjoyed a self-guided tour through the museum and then inside the stadium where they were replacing the turf, ready for the new season. We finished off with a quick visit to the shop and bought a few souvenirs.
Next stop was Park Guell at the opposite side of the city, so we travelled by metro again and hiked up a huge hill to find the entrance for our tickets. It began to rain as we reached the top; this may sound disappointing, but believe me, we were glad of the quick shower! We took in the amazing views and sights of Gaudi’s work again and the children enjoyed buying some local crafts. From here we left to get some lunch and then made our way on the metro again to our last visit of the afternoon, La Sagrada Familia. We were lucky to have a guided tour and learned all about the different features that Guadi created. We were assured that it should be completed in the next 10 years and the guide suggested we arrange a return trip to see! After this we made our way back to Les Corts and stopped off for a refreshing ice cream on the walk back to our hostel.
Our final morning in Barcelona involved breakfast, packing and then a quick walk round to a local shopping centre. A few presents for loved ones at home were bought, and then we made our way back for our transfer to the airport. Thankfully, we got away on time and landed back in Liverpool to meet the parents.
School trips are always an enjoyable experience, but this one was extra special, as some of us had waited a very long time to get there! We made amazing memories together and the best part was hearing the words, “Miss, where can we go to next?”, before we had even landed.