This past week I was lucky enough to tick another thing of my bucket list, I visited Benalmadena, Spain with my school as part of my Spanish studies. Currently in my 5th year of GCSE Spanish, our year was offered the opportunity to take part in an educational visit to help improve our Spanish skills. Although there was 3 teachers and 12 hours of Spanish classes during the week, I am so pleased to be able to tick 'go on a vacation with friends' off my bucket list.
We left at 2am on Sunday morning to catch the 6.00am flight to Malaga Airport where we then traveled about 20 minutes down to Benalmadena. Here we met up with the host families who we were going to be staying with for the week, luckily for me we stayed in pairs and I was partnered with one of my best friends, Ellie, from http://littleelliemaeblog.blogspot.co.uk/. This made the week a lot less awkward as we put our language skills together at breakfast and dinner and were able to have a decent conversation with our lovely family.
Throughout the week we had a total of 12 hours of Spanish lessons which were split into 3 hour long sessions over 4 days. During these lessons, which were all in complete Spanish, we refreshed basic vocabulary and improved our speaking and listening skills. At the end of the week we were all presented with a diploma to award our week of hard work.
For the rest of the time we visited many places and took part in several activities. Here are just a few of the 1000 pictures I took showing just what we got up to.
|We went to the beach|
|And had a boat trip around the marina|
|We took a day trip to Malaga and saw the cathedral|
|and also visited an old castle.|
|We visited a huge shopping centre|
|and spent another day at the beach playing beach games like volleyball|
|After a tiring day we were treated to a tram tour around the area.|
|The final day we visited the white villages|
|and the beautiful Mijas|
I had an amazing week and the weather was gorgeous, I really feel like I have improved my Spanish and formed closer bonds with the people in my class. It was a week I will never forget.