Visit to Madrid March 28th - April 3rd, 2008

Raquel Diaz 2008-05-01

Welcome party
Bild:Jonas Ahlund
Welcome party

As you all know by now, a group of teachers and students from Turkey and Sweden have visited our school IES “Manuel Azaña” in Getafe, Madrid recently (28th March-3rd April) to hold the first project meeting and to share information about the first World Heritage Sites we are studying in each country.

This project has given students and teachers the opportunity to work together with the same interest, to develop awareness and to improve the European dimension of our schools getting everyone involved, including parents. We have also been able to travel and have had a wonderful time together.

As you can see in the photographs we have done plenty of different things: a formal meeting held in the conference hall of the school on a Sunday afternoon! a welcome party in the library with food from the three countries (Mmmmm absolutely delicious!), lots of sightseeing and, of course, cultural visits to museums and places of interest.

You can see we have been to many places

The team of teachers and staff
The team of teachers and staff

Here in Madrid we have visited Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía, Parque del Retiro, Monumento a los Ausentes en Atocha, the old part of the city, Madrid de los Austrias, Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol and all the shops around and, of course, to please all the Real Madrid fans we went to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and to see the Cibeles Fountain. We have also seen many places in Getafe, including Alfonso Pérez Stadium.
And we have been to Segovia and Toledo, the true objective of the visit.


Bild:Jonas Ahlund

For some days we have shared our school, houses, bedrooms, pets, parents, families, friends and many other things and we have learnt a lot about living together and sharing experiences, about other countries, other people, other languages, other types of food.

We have spoken English most of the time and have improved a lot but we have learnt also some Turkish and Swedish, which are lovely languages, and our friends have practised a lot of Spanish. Sometimes we were speaking the three languages at the same time and surprisingly enough we could understand each other perfectly!

We have worked and travelled together and we have had the opportunity to get to know each other, to share experiences and, above all, we have been able to realize that, although we are far away in the maps, we have so many things in common.

For all of us it has been a fantastic experience and I would like to thank all the people who have collaborated with our project, to all the teachers and students involved and very especially to the parents, who have opened their houses to the world turning this visit into something we will always remember and which we would like to repeat again and again because we have learnt so many things and have had so much fun and because it has been unforgettable. We loved it! We loved it so much!


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