Daily Archives: January 9, 2018

Our first day of school in Spain!

Each day, 2-3 students will share some aspect of their experience in Spain. Below, you’ll hear from Avery M and Morgan M.

Today we began our first day at Laude EL Altillo in Jerez!

In this school…the entryway to Laude was filled with reminders of who students are when they’re here. The steps were lit up in pink thanks to a beautiful sunrise just before school.

Upon arrival at the school, I noticed it was much different than Porters, as Laude is one building with students from ages 1-18.

It was a rainy afternoon in Jerez, but the view from Laude El Altillo remained beautiful.

When we met in the library, the Head of School came to greet us and personally thank us for warmly welcoming the Laude girls in September. Even though he is the Head of a really big school, he invited us to stop by his office if we ever need help or have a question over the next two weeks.

Porter’s girls gathered in their uniforms for the first day of school, starting with a tour of Laude El Altillo.

During our tour of school, we visited some of the elementary school classrooms and practiced our Spanish with the little kids! It was really impressive that such young kids are taught in French, English, and Spanish throughout each day and could greet us in three different languages. English class was the only period in the day when we were asked to speak English, so it was a perfect day to practice, practice, practice our bilingual skills.

After morning classes, we had chicken and pasta in the cafeteria. The dining hall was similar to ours at Porter’s except there was a section of tiny chairs and tables for the littlest students!

The dining hall (comedor) in a quiet moment after lunch. All of the students at Laude who don’t go home for lunch eat here, working in shifts.

To end our school day, Porter’s girls went to a robotics class while our hosts attended their afternoon classes.

Sarah Z, Julia T, Bella A, and Carolyn N followed the directions down to the tiniest piece.

We started building a Lego Mindstorms robot, which we will eventually be able to program and direct! It is a typically a project done with younger kids, so even those of us who took Problem Solving through Programming two years ago at Porter’s will be able to work on the software with ease.

Morgan M, Avery M, Caroline M, and Meg C find all the right parts for their Lego robot.

After school, Avery and her host sister went to a department store called Hipercor (they have everything!) and then stopped in a small cafe for a snack. They both had hot chocolate, made with real chocolate and real sugar, a treat to end the day. Overall, it was an excellent first day of school!

Tomorrow, we will head to the city of Seville. But first, we have an information sheet to review, thanks to our friends at Laude, including information about the history of the city and what we will see during the day.

A Day in Seville & Cadiz

Each day, 2-3 students will share an aspect of their time in Spain with you. Here’s Jess S. and Julia T. on the day in Cadiz.

Yesterday, one of the first things I got to do after the ride from the airport was meet my host brother, Antonio, who is in college. We shared besos upon greeting each other, something I’m still getting used to! We drove Antonio to the train station and ate at McDonald’s before he left for college, that was a very American thing to do!

Julia T and Sarah Z pose for a photo near the beach.

After we dropped Antonio off we went for a long walk around the city of Seville and my host family showed me all of the awesome historical venues in the city. I got to see beautiful statues and monuments that completely blew my mind away. The colors of the buildings are amazing and every building is unique in its own way, which I love.

A view of Cadiz from the walk along the beach. The colorful buildings were so beautiful!

On the walk we ate chestnuts, and I got to try those for the first time! Later, dinner at home was a very different combination of food from what I’m used to, but also very tasty. Carmen and I then got ready for bed and watched an episode of a show on Netflix, and shared some funny stories of our past, which was a great way to bond with each other.

Julia T and her host sister, Carmen, pose for a photo.

Julia and I, along with lots of our friends and host students, spent the day in the island city of Cadiz. We visited the cathedral, took a walk along the coast line, and ate lunch together. We climbed up one of the bell towers at the Cathedral and gained a 360° view of Cadiz. The city is nothing like an American city! By looking at the structures of the buildings it was clear to see how the history and architecture of the city have influenced the lives of the people who live in it.

The beautiful light as the sun set in Seville marked the halfway point of our day away from Jerez.

After climbing back down we all went out to lunch together. What is very distinguished about the food here in Spain is that everything is fresh. The sodas are made with real sugar instead of corn syrup and the bread is always warm. In my host family’s kitchen there is a pig’s leg, of which my host mom slices ham off of every day! All of the fresh food tastes much better than in America.

Yum, yum! Want a fanta?