Spain Newsletter

This past September our community opened their homes to host sixteen students from the Nuestra Señora del Buen Consejo high school of Madrid, Spain. In April, twelve Windsor High School students, along with Mike and Denise George as chaperones, travelled to Madrid to complete the exchange. It was 11 a.m when we left back home and 6 a.m local time when we landed. We were exhausted but had a long day of walking and sightseeing ahead of us. That day, we got our first taste of the cultural difference and our first chance to use the Spanish we had been studying for three years. Throughout the long day, we saw the busy Gran Vía street where our hotel was located, and many tourist sites including Cibeles Fountain, the Puerta de Alcala, and the Puerta del Sol. But definitely one of the highlights of the day was the Buen Retiro Park and riding in the boats. The following day, even though the group was tired, we were very excited to tour the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium where the Real Madrid soccer team plays. Later we had time to explore more of Old Madrid and ended the day enjoying a typical tapas dinner and Flamenco show. The next day, we participated in a historical walking tour, many getting to dress up in costumes depicting the early era of Madrid. Finally, it was time to meet our host families. We were overjoyed to reconnect with our host brother or sister. Everyone went to lunch together and we then spent the weekend doing various things with our host families. Many even went to a Real Madrid soccer game. Monday, after attending a class with our host, we traveled to Segovia, where a Roman aqueduct still stands. Segovia’s day-trip was one of our highlights. Tuesday, we attended a different class with our host sibling and then toured the Prado Museum. The following day began with a churros and chocolate breakfast at the school with our host siblings. Our Windsor group then traveled to Toledo, where we toured the beautiful Cathedral of Toledo. After exploring in small groups, we all agreed that we needed more time than our schedule allowed to appreciate this medieval city.  The next day we toured the Royal Palace and then had some time to shop for gifts. That night, all the students and host families attended a potluck to celebrate the exchange. Heartfelt goodbyes were given early the next morning as we departed for the airport. Coming from Andrew Wood, Ben Thornton, Cameron Obrien, Dakota Page, Hannah Achilles, Maddy Morse, Megan Herschel, Megan Roberts, Mike Bradley, Rand Frazer, Nick Kapuscinski, and Rebecca Rumrill, Spain was an incredible experience and we can’t thank Señora and Mike enough!

-Megan Herschel, class of 2017

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