Year 11 Spanish trip to Navarre and the Basque Country

This year a small group of Year 11 boys braved the elements in chilly northern Spain over the February half term break. Though it has been one of the coldest winters in Spain for many boys, our Year 11 boys braved the elements and spent a week brushing up their Spanish and enjoying the culinary delights of Navarre and the surrounding area. After arriving in Pamplona, we kicked off the cultural element of the trip with a visit to one of Spain’s most beautiful coastal cities: San Sebastian. Here we learnt about the city’s connection with many facets of the Iberian Peninsula: from the Basque whaling trade, to the Wars of Succession and the Spanish Civil War. The following day was spent learning about the many different forms of Basque handball - ‘Pelota Vasca’ from an ex-professional player, followed by a very fast-paced Pelota match, where players hit the ball at exhilarating speeds using their bare hands! Other activities including a visit to a Spanish school, daily lessons at a language school, a cooking class, Spanish cinema and bowling. We spent our final afternoon in the fascinating city of Bilbao where we managed to squeeze in a quick visit to the incredible Guggenheim museum before heading back to sunny London!

Many thanks to Orlando, Finn, Matthew, Jamie, Ben, Adam, Gabriel and Mr Almada for coming on the trip – it was an enjoyable and informative experience.

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