On Wednesday 13th February, 14 Norwich School pupils from L6 and U6 who study A-level Spanish, travelled to Málaga, in the heart of Andalucía, to experience true Spanish culture and improve their language skills. The following trip report was written by Norwich School pupil, Natalia Rowe, L6.
"Upon arrival, we were met by our host families at the language school.
On the first day, we had language lessons in the morning and later we attempted to learn flamenco in the park, which was certainly a memorable experience! In the evening we had a walking tour of Málaga and ate (late – Spanish time!) in the famous El Pimpi restaurant where we had a range of tapas and experienced some typically Spanish music.
On the second day, we were up early to visit Granada where we saw the Alhambra Palace which was stunning and made even better by the lovely weather. We learnt about the Muslim influences on art and architecture and also the early history of Spain. After, we had some free time to explore the city centre. That evening we had dinner with our host families which were useful for improving our Spanish.
On the third day, we had more language lessons which were informative about Spanish culture and history, in particular, Spain’s transition from Dictator to Democracy. We then had lunch on the coastal walkway and afterwards, we visited the Alcazaba (fortress) and Gibralfaro (castle) which offered us saw some incredible views of the city along with some good exercise up the hill! At the end of a busy day, we visited the Picasso Museum and had some more spare time for shopping and ice-cream.
The following day we visited the historical town of Ronda. We saw the oldest bull ring in Spain and toured the museum afterwards. After enjoying typical chocolate y churros, we were treated to some wonderful views from the historical bridge. When we got back to Málaga we had some free time and went to the local park where we played basketball with some locals. We were really practising our Spanish 24/7!
On our final day, the Monday, we finished our language lessons in the morning and then walked down to the beach where we had our final Spanish style lunch, played frisbee and caught the last bit of sun!
It was a fantastic trip and the immersive experience really helped us with our Spanish and knowledge of the different cultures. Huge thanks should go to Mrs Robinson for her organisation of the trip and to Isabel Morello Lopez, our Spanish language assistant, for her help in our enjoyment of her home city."