So… what did we think about it?

Our students were delightful and both of us (Miss Rueda and Mrs Burgoyne) felt really privileged to share this experience with them. Here is what they have to say about their trip…

“Spanish exchange is the best experience I have ever done. Everyone gets on and you have such a laugh” Natalie

“The Spanish exchange is an amazing experience and you make a friend and memories for life”  Rose

“This experience has been an eye-opener for trying new cultures and cuisine. Also, it’s amazing to not just see the cities but the countryside as well”  Ellen

“This week I have seen Spain in a totally different perspective, a much better one. To see Ávila is amazing, and I hope I can go back”  James

“Spain has been amazing. I have done and tried things I would never try. I would do the exchange again and I would recommend everyone to do it”  Georgia

“This, was one of the most amazing weeks of my life . I am so thankful for the opportunity to properly experience a whole other culture”  Grace

“Ávila es muy muy bonita. The walls were stunning and the weather has been perfect. I have tried so many new things and had so many new experiences. I would love to come back in the summer”  Carrie

“Spain has been a great experience for me, personally. It has made me a lot more confident in my Spanish speaking. It has been a nice break from rainy England”  Amy

“It was a great opportunity and if I have the chance I will do it again”  David

“My experience was amazing, I met lots of new people and did lots of interesting things”  Tom

“The experience was fantastic and I really enjoyed spending time with my family”  Chloe

“My experience was “deadly” and I enjoyed it a lot”  Ed

“Going to Spain was “sick”. I can’t believe I actually went. It was so fun but hard at the same time. In certain times it was awkward as I had no idea what was happening but the mistery made it more exciting. I enjoyed Spain a lot…. I loved it!”  Jack

“The Spanish trip was amazing and fun as well, especially the tree climbing; I was called the Monkey for the rest of the day because I finished all the circuits an hour ahead of all the rest. Also the Bernabeu (Real Madrid Stadium) was amazing”   Lewis


That’s all folks!

A tearful goodbye

The last day was a mixture of emotions; on one hand we were looking forward to going back to our families, on the other hand we were sad to leave our new friends behind.

In the morning we went to school. Their lessons are very different, Spanish students have to write a lot! We also visited the Primary school, which is built by the Wall, and met some y6 students who asked us lots of questions in English.


At the Primary School


y6 students eager to know more about us.

At break we all had chocolate con churros with our Spanish friends and teachers. After some free time we met again with our friends for a “farewell” lunch… we knew the time to leave was coming and tears were starting to flow. Saying good bye was really difficult, we’ve had such a great time!

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On the bus back Miss Rueda and Mrs Burgoyne gave us personalised certificates and a little survival pack, with “pipas”, “cola-cao” and other bits. Chloe also won a prize for her enthusiasm and effort to integrate during the whole trip. All it was left was seeing our parents again…   

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Our last photo together, waiting to board our plane.


Salamanca, an amazing city.

On our last trip out in Spain, we travelled to the beautiful city of Salamanca. The city was amazing and full of culture.

The tour started at the university, which we were told is the oldest Uni in Spain and the second oldest in Europe.  We stood looking at the incredibly intricate design, searching for ‘the famous frog’. The legend tells that those who were able to find the tiny frog would successfully pass their exams! Most of us could not find it, so… what to make of it? we are not sure! :P

Once we all had some food and found a toilet, we went to one of the cathedrals, built in the 18th century. The building was amazing; however, it had a few too many stairs, in my opinion. After enjoying the lovely weather and the sunshine , we climbed to the top of the bell tower and all the way back down. Then, we set off to go shopping!

The trip was great and love blossomed in a few hearts!


Callejeando (walking around town)


In front of the University.


At La Casa de las Conchas (Shells’ House)


El Cielo de Salamanca (Salamanca’s Sky)


About to enter the Cathedral.


Am I seeing the right thing? That’s an astronaut on one of the cathedral’s columns!


Selfie in the Bell Tower.


In Plaza Mayor (Main Square)

By Georgia, David and Santiago (Jack)

And you? Look at the picture closely… Will you pass your exams?

Word of the day:

‘Salamanca es bonito’- Salamanca is beautiful

En las tirolinas

We travelled through the beautiful Spanish countryside to an authentic Spanish town (un pueblo), Navaluenga. Here we split up into groups, some of us relaxed by the river, wondering who would fall in first. After, some explored the town and others set off in search of ice-cream (un helado).


De paseo. Going for a stroll.

The time arrived  when we had to end our adventures in the town and go to the high ropes. When we got there, some of us were petrified and others were eager to get going. After the trial, we dispersed into groups. Whilst on the high ropes, many of us got stuck and others went ahead. On of the zip wires, Ms Rueda got stuck and had to be saved by the instructor!


Mrs Burgoyne hanging high from the trees.


We cannot wait to start!


First contact.


Chloe conquering her fears.


Having fun while we wait.

On the way back, we had a jolly couch journey back to Ávila. David started playing Abba and everyone sang along!

​Phrase of the day:

‘Tengo calor’

By Elena, Rosa, Amelia, Jaime y Tomás.

!Hala Madrid!

After a long and epic journey to Madrid, we arrived at the secret location in great style: Real Madrid football stadium (el estadio del Real Madrid).

As we stepped off the coach, we shivered with animal excitement as we imagined the muscular figure of Cristiano Ronaldo, looking at us with his cold piercing gaze. We sprinted up the stadium seeking our reward, when the giant of a security guard stopped us with her intimidating blood shot eyes. We moved with caution, but our excitement still bubbled violently.

We saw many interesting things: the trophies-some of them were as big as doll houses!, the pitch, the changing rooms- where we saw the players’ shirts, showers and boots, but not Ronaldo. We sat on the bench and in the authority seats. Then, we took photos with the latest European championship trophy, and the player of our choice. Also, they gave us some badges which was a plus.

After, we continued our pilgrimage at the shopping centre, Xanadú, where we would race against each other to the death with go-Karts. It was terrifying and extremely fun to have no control and a lot of speed as we zoomed around corners and ‘smashed’ into each other.

The winners were Jaime, Marina, Amelia and the brilliant, beautiful and skilled Eduardo.

By Tomás, Eduardo, Gracia y Chloe.

Phrases of the day:

“Cuánto cuesta?”- How much?

‘Ventana de socorro’- escape window

‘El estadio’- stadium

‘casco’- helmet

‘yogur helado’- ice cream


Santiago Bernabeu- Real Madrid FC stadium


View from the top of the stadium


Touring Bernabeu


Having a break and a little snack- under the sun!


V.I.P. :P


!Patata chicos!


who’s going to win the race?




Chicas al poder! Go girls, go!


team pic!


First contact with Ávila and its people, los Abulenses.

Today we went to the Spanish school. It was very different:

  1. They have different corridors for different ages.
  2. The pupils don’t move between classes, the teachers do.
  3. The bell is ‘working 9-5’ by Dolly Parton.
  4. They wear their own clothes.
  5. If they fail their finals, the stay back a year.

At the school entrance, ready for a tour


On the school playground.


Ávila here we come!

Then, we walked the wall, which was beautiful. We climbed every tower.

We were welcomed by the city authorities and had a chance to further continue the bikini body training programme with pastries and sweets. After, we all bought cheap sun glasses. It was very funny!


Sta Teresa de Jesús


mmm… looking at the “yemas”, a little sweet treat typical from Ávila.


Town Hall


On one of the Wall’s towers.


Miss Rueda wants to make sure no one gets lost!!


Fun in the sun

By Gracia & Chloe

Word of the Day: Gafas de sol… look for them in the pictures… can you find them?