Monday, May 24, 2010

Field Trip at the Farm and Salamanca

View of the Salamanca Cathedral from "La Celestina" garden.

Hello lovely readers! Sorry I haven't been posting lately, but my brother Jack and his friend Isaac been here and so I have been busy showing them around! Well in the last week I went to an educational farm for two days with my school! The farm was about an hour outside of Madrid and we left from school early Thursday morning. We drove to the farm which was in the mountains and run by a group of counselors. It was nice because we got to hang out with the kids but we didn't have to run any activities. We definitely got the VIP treatment at the farm with our own decorated apartment and a private dining room!! The kids got to do lots of activities like zipline, rock climbing, and orienteering. They had a total blast and although I really wanted to participate in the activities they were made for children so I couldn't go!! I was bummed but I was happy the kids got to have so much fun. We spent Thursday night at the farm too which was really fun because it was like one big sleepover for the kids. We got up on Friday morning and went on a 3 hour hike which sounds fun but with 80 kids it was a little difficult. After about 20 minutes they were all telling me they were tired and asking what time lunch was hahaha. But we made it to the top of a small mountain to overlook the town and the mountains. It was a great view! Then we hiked back down, ate a well earned lunch and packed up to go home. The kids were happy but really excited to be back with their families. After resting from the farm, I left Saturday morning for a one day frisbee tournament in Salamanca. Salamanca is about 2 hours north of Madrid and is the university town in Spain. Every month in the spring, a team from Spain organizes a one or two day tournament so Spanish teams can meet every month to play. All the tournaments are called Copa Ancha Castilla or CAC for short. The team in Salamanca hosted this one and 8 teams came. Because we had so many people sign up Quijotes sent 2 teams. We mixed the teams between the regular players and the newer players. It was a lot of fun!

Sadly though the way the organizers made the tournament both of our teams were put in the same group. We had to play each other in the first game guaranteeing that one of the teams would eliminate the other from the possibility of going to the finals. Unfortunately, my team was the one that lost so we couldn't make it to the final game. We played hard though and ended up coming in 3rd place! Since the tournament was only one day our team decided to stay the night and tour the city the next day. At night we went out for the Salamanca version of tapas called pinchos. You ordered a beer and they gave you your choice of a delicious tapa! Mmmmmmmmm tapaaaaaaaas. On Sunday we woke up to see the center of the city. We saw the cathedral and then moved on to the university. The university has a famous facade that is ornately decorated and hidden in the decorations is a frog which is the symbol of Salamanca. The legend has it that you have to find the frog in order to be able to enter into the university. I tried for about 10 minutes and it was impossible! We walked to see the Plaza Mayor which is the main meeting point of the city. Then we went to visit the garden of the famous Spanish play "La Celestina", where the two main lovers met. The town was really beautiful and I had a fabulous time. My brother, Isaac and I went to Toledo today so I will update about that soon!

The facade of the University in Salamanca. Can you spot the frog?

The wall of shells near the University.

At the end of the hike. We made it!!

Some of my students getting ready for rock climbing.

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