Day Eight -Miércoles/Wednesday

Dinner last night was traditional Spanish tapas. We enjoyed calamari, potatas bravas, jamon serrano and pan de tomate.

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We had a great evening with Mar and some of the other teachers from Els Pins School at the quiz. To get there, we jumped on the Metro and when we walked out of the station we were greeted by the magnificent sight of the Sargarda Familia bathed in moonlight.

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After the quiz, we had a quick dash to the station so that we could catch the last Metro home to our accommodation in Barcelonatta. We only just made it!

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Today has been filled with glorious sunshine! We arrived at Els Pins and spent the morning with the infant classes where Mar was teaching English. The children were all learning about Halloween and Miss Kenny and I shared all the Halloween resources that we had packed with us -costumes, decorations and flash cards. They loved the costumes and enjoyed finding out about how we celebrate Halloween in the UK. I’m amazed how confidently, even the youngest children in the school, speak English. The children take home a journal that is checked by the teachers daily, just like our planners at Whitehouse Common!

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Morning lessons finished at 12:30, so Miss Kenny and I were able to leave school and enjoy our sandwiches in the sun. Els Pins School is located right next to the Barcelona University campus so we popped to visit Carmen and Isabel, our course tutors, to invite them to dinner tomorrow evening so the whole group can celebrate the end of a successful trip.

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The lessons began again at 3:00 so they all enjoy a two and a half hour lunchtime. We worked with Juliet in the afternoon, who also teaches English like Mar. We helped her look at Halloween with the Year 4 class and I shared with her all the special work that everyone at Whitehouse Common had prepared for me to give Els Pins.

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School finished at 4:30, a whole hour later than at home! We got the Metro back to Parc Guell and, after climbing hill again, we visited ‘Casa Museu Gaudi’. This was where Gaudi lived and it was filled with examples of the furniture that Gaudi designed for different properties. No photos sorry, my camera battetry died as I'd taken so many at Els Pins!

After that we strolled through Gacia. This was a separate town from Barcelona originally, but now that Barcelona has expanded, it’s known as an interesting and diverse area. We visited a photography exhibition, ‘Fundació Foto Colectania’. The exhibition was by the photographer Joan Colom, showing photos of the city’s Raval district in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It was an atmospheric view of old Barcelona. I feel like I have walked hundreds of miles this afternoon and will certainly sleep we tonight. I’m looking forward to another exciting day in school tomorrow.


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