We arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday 24th June and were welcomed by Estrella, our guide for our stay. Giddy with excitement, we arrived at Vilanova Park and were amazed at the chalets we were going to stay in. After being assigned to our chalets, we went for tea and then all went to bed.
On Thursday we went to the Sagrada Familia, a huge cathedral that still hasn’t been finished, despite the fact that construction started in 1882. The building was huge with intricate sculptures and beautiful stained glass windows. The influence and innovative design of Gaudi was apparent everywhere as we found out from our guide and the interactive tablets that we took around with us. We then went to Las Ramblas and the Boqueria to look at a very impressive and typically Spanish market with its huge variety of food and produce, before going back to the Park for the swimming activities. After our swim we went for a tapas tea followed by a salsa class which was so much fun!
On Friday we visited the Science Museum in Barcelona which had an impressive variety of interactive activities including an indoor rainforest complete with schools of huge piranhas!. We then went to the FC Barcelona Football Stadium for a tour. It was amazing, we had the full tour of the stadium, including the press rooms, the commentary positions, the dugouts and the away team changing-rooms. Then we went for a Ben and Jerry’s. Following our FC Barcelona tour, we went to Parc Guell where Gaudi’s influence is apparent for all to sea. After, we had a surprise trip planned and were delighted to find that we were being taken to the Hard Rock Café! After that we went to the Fountains Show which were lit up and massive. Anyone within ten metres was soaked through. We were much further away but we still had the spray hitting us. After this very busy day we were ready for bed.
On Saturday we went to Port Aventura (a massive theme park) for the full day, it was so good because the roller coasters were massive and so exhilarating when you went on them. Even if people didn’t like rollercoasters there was a lot of other rides that were suitable for them such as a water shooting pirate game. Everyone had so much fun and it was definitely worth the one hour coach journey. We went back to the camp early evening and played water polo in the pool and even had a mini tournament which got really competitive really soon! The girls’ netball team proved to be formidable opponents for everyone else. After we got out of the pool we went for a meal where we had a delicious paella and learnt about the romantic story behind its name (‘para ella’ = ‘for her’ eventually became ‘paella’). Once we finished our meal we went outside and had a mini disco which was fun.
Sunday was our last day so we went on a bit of sightseeing to the Olympic Stadium, which was also Espanyol’s home football ground until recently, the harbour area and MontJuic again for a picnic. Later we went to the Poble Espanyol which is like a themed village taking in all the regions of Spain. It had a lot of stalls and shops which contained everything handmade. There was also a concert getting going where no one could get in without a blue wristband but some of us managed to squeeze our way in for a quick boogie…..And then it was time to head home to England.
A huge thank you to Mr Smith, Mrs Arbelo-Dolan and Ms Sheldrick for taking us!
By G. Westwood and E. Fletcher