Day Ten -Viernes/Friday Continued

Our last day in Barcelona was cold and wet. We spent the day at Els Pins where the children were busy preparing for the 'La Castanyada' celebrations in the afternoon. They made special masks and cones to collect their chestnuts and sweets. They created a large 'castanyera', a lady that sells chestnuts on the street, that was displayed in the entrance hall.

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Some of the teachers joined Miss Kenny and I for tapas at lunch to mark our last day at the school. We bought Mar some flowers to say thank you for all her help during our time at Els Pins.

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Then it was back to school to join in with the celebrations. The Year 6 children wore traditional costumes and shared out all the special food to the younger children. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Els Pins and have lots of lovely work to share with everyone at home. Hopefully I'll be lucky enough to visit again one day.

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We wanted to make the most of our last day, so after finishing school at 4:30 we jumped back on the Metro and hotfooted it across to the Museu Olimpic I de l'Esport. This is a museum containing artefacts and information on the Olympic games. The Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona in 1992 and visiting the museum has made me really excited for London 2012!

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After the museum we traveled back to our accommodation ready to catch the bus to Gerona airport. Our flight home was delayed by an hour but that gave us time to have something to eat before we got on our flight.

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I feel extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to take part in the trip to Barcelona and am sad to be home. Barcelona is an amazing city and Els Pins is a wonderful school that we are lucky to have links with. I am thankful to the British Council for providing the funding for the trip and to Mrs Allen for her support with my visit. I have met some great colleagues and look forward to developing links with all the schools involved in the trip in the future!

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