Winter Break Spain Trip 2019

Winter Break Spain Trip 2019

From February 15th through February 21st, thirty-six juniors and seniors went on an unforgettable pilgrimage to Spain, where they were treated to a lively culture, delicious cuisine, and a rich artistic and anthropological study. Accompanied by Ms. Prochilo, Ms. Cardino, Mr. Valente, and Mr. Gschlecht, the students embarked on a fantastic European adventure.

The students began their trip in Madrid, enjoying guided sightseeing tours of the diverse architecture of modern-day Madrid, such as the Plaza de Espana, the majestic Alcala Gate, and the Las Ventas bullring. The students also spent time at the Prado, one of the world’s most famous art museums. There, they examined the works of Velazquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. They were treated to a first-hand look at a Spanish bull ranch and rambling the Barrio des las Letras, where the literary giants of Spain made their home. The rich Catholic tradition of Madrid came alive with a journey to the palace monastery of El Escorial, and the ancient beauty of Madrid was on full display at the Segovia, a 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct. The students ate many traditional and delicious Spanish dishes such as tapas and paella. Just outside Madrid in Toledo, students experienced the medieval Spanish heritage at the Gothic Cathedral, Medieval Synagogue, and the Church of Santo Tome, famously home to El Greco’s work. The students enjoyed a lunch with panoramic views over the city before returning to Madrid one last time.

Aboard a high-speed train, students ventured to Barcelona, capital of Catalonia. This gorgeous city is home to artistic treasures and architectural wonders. The students enjoyed a bike tour through Ciutadella Park and the Olympic Port, followed by a walk through La Rambla and the illuminated bustle of the Placa de Catalunya. Along a guided tour, students saw all the major highlights of Barcelona, including both its Modernist architecture and its Gothic Quarter. The city was home to Picasso and Joan Miro, and students were free to further study the former at the Picasso Museum. Free time was provided to take in the sights, enjoy the food markets, and soak in the Spanish culture.

The trip to Spain was a truly memorable journey for both the students and faculty. Many praised the beauty of the country, whether in its buildings, food, or general atmosphere. To get a taste of this amazing journey, check out our photo gallery here.