On Wednesday morning 30th May at 7.30 a group S2/3 pupils 3 members of staff from Modern Languages, Maths and Chemistry set off from Dalziel High School for the small fortified town of Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava.
We arrived in Dover in the evening to catch the cross channel ferry to Calais. On arrival in France we set off for the overnight journey through France over the Pyrenees to Tossa de Mar, situated about 100 kilometres north of Barcelona. The town itself is a popular coastal resort however the original small village was declared a National Historic Monument in 1931 and it is the only example of a medieval fortified town still standing on the Catalan coast. The group stayed in a fabulous hotel not far from the beach and the centre of the resort. After unpacking we were off to the beach where we played football and other games which allowed us to relax after the coach journey. We were then back to the hotel for a buffet dinner with many traditional Catalan dishes on offer. The hotel boasted a ‘salón recreativo’ where we could play ‘futbolín’ (table football) and air hockey as well as pool.
Day 1 started off with a visit to our partner school where the Catalan pupils from the school gave a presentation about their region, town and school. Thereafter all the pupils from both countries spent the morning break chatting in the warm sunshine and of course the boys ended up playing football. After break Lauren Hetherton and Jonathan Shields played traditional Scottish music for the Catalan pupils. We also demonstrated some traditional Scottish ceilidh dances and the Catalan pupils joined in. The Catalan pupils also showed off their traditional dancing skills. The school café had prepared a lovely spread of local tapas and cakes. Snapchat/Facebook details were exchanged and then it was all aboard the bus for the famous football stadium Camp Nou. Everyone enjoyed this particular event. Back to the hotel for dinner and then we went back to the beach where we played football and other games.
Day 2 saw us heading off to the beautiful city of Girona where we saw the colourful houses which seem to hang over the banks of the Onyar River and give the town its Mediterranean atmosphere. The town itself is the second city in Catalonia with many historical monuments as well as excellent shops and typical Spanish Tapas restaurants where we had lunch to say nothing of the ice cream parlours! In the evening we enjoyed a lovely tapas meal followed by a mesmerizing show where we watched dramatic flamenco dancing, flamboyant costumes and live music and some of the pupils were lucky enough to get the chance to try out some dancing!
Day 3 saw us off to the Costa Dorada to spend the day at Port Aventura where we enjoyed a fun-packed day full of thrills and spills at Spain's biggest theme park. We took a virtual journey through Aztec Mexico, Imperial China, the Med and more, rode the terrifying Dragon Khan roller coaster, the free falling Hurakan Condor went on a roller coaster ride through the Himalayas. On the way back to the hotel we had a quick stop off at Lloret De Mar and then we were back to the hotel for dinner and some time playing table football and pool in the rec room.
On Day 4, the group had some time in Tossa De Mar shopping for presents and relaxing on the beach before having our final Spanish meal and then we set off for home.
After a pleasant journey the group arrived safely at Dalziel on Tuesday evening.
All the pupils are to be congratulated on their excellent behaviour throughout the trip; they were a credit to themselves, their families and the school. Thanks to the staff and in particular Mrs Donnachie for organising a marvellous experience.
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