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Form I-II Spain Field Trip

By: Connor Leyden '24

From June 16-25, 22 Lower School Form I-II Spanish students embarked on a field trip to Spain in collaboration with LITA, a small, rural-focused language immersion program based in Austin, Texas. Guided by teachers Ms. Kelly Castellanos Evans, Ms. Lisa Blanford, Mr. Daniel Finer, and LITA Director Mr. Jordan Room, the students visited a side of Spain unseen by tourists. 


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The journey began in the picturesque Mataraña region, a hidden gem in northeastern Spain known for its rich cultural heritage. Here, students engaged in diverse activities such as photography, cooking, and bracelet-making classes; hiked and biked through scenic landscapes; visited local schools, Roman ruins, and farms; and participated in traditional games and cultural tours with locals. Highlights included olive oil tasting, radio interviews, and private concerts, providing a deep dive into the local way of life.

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The trip continued in the vibrant city of Barcelona, where students explored the city's unique blend of bohemian and modern influences. They attended a photography workshop, took part in a photo scavenger hunt at Poble Espanyol, and enjoyed a variety of traditional Spanish culinary experiences. Throughout the trip, students formed meaningful connections with locals and gained a profound appreciation for Spain's diverse cultural and historical landscapes. This enriching experience not only enhanced their language skills but also broadened their understanding of global cultures and histories.
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