By Bo Ryung Dun
SAS Puxi high school students will be able to go on the fourth annual Spanish trip during spring break from March 28 to April 8. Mr. Javier Castro, high school Spanish teacher, is the organizer of the trip.
Each year, approximately twenty students have joined the trip. The main purpose of the trip, according to Mr. Castro, is ¨to let students see and enjoy the Spanish culture, and practice the language.¨ However, he added that there´s more to the trip.
Students on this trip will be visiting many famous Spanish cities, such as Madrid, the capital of Spain, and Vitoria-Gasteiz, the green capital city of the province of Alava. In Madrid, students and Mr. Castro will visit El Retiro Park, Puerta del Sol, Kilometer 0 of Spain, Plaza Mayor, and Palacio Real, experiencing much at the city. After three days in Madrid, students will move to Vitoria-Gasteiz and spend another three nights. In Vitoria-Gasteiz, students will see how the air quality differs from that of Shanghai, how the transportation system is organized, and how the vehicles are eco-friendly. In this city, students will be staying in Spanish families´ houses. Mr. Castro said, ¨These three nights are special because students will get to appreciate the Spanish practices by eating dinner with the families and witnessing how the Spanish families live.¨
Students will then move to other cities to see medieval castles, visit a winery where the whole process of making the best wines in the world will be explained, and visit rural areas where students will stay at a hostel, go hiking, and experience how Spaniards live in the countryside.
Mr. Castro said, ¨Students will see things that they won´t see in Shanghai by going on this trip, ¨ highly recommending that they be a part of this trip. In fact, this fourth Spanish trip will be extremely special because it is going to be the last trip to Spain for a while. According to Mr. Castro, next year there will be a ¨South American trip¨ instead. However, this new trip to South America may be more expensive due to the flight cost.
The Spanish trip will cost 16,400 RMB, but students will be refunded a certain amount of money because of the currency change. Students, if they wish to sign up for the trip, should have gone by the finance office to pay the fee by November 28. However, even if they have missed the deadline, they can still contact Mr. Castro in order to sign up if they are interested and there are still openings.
Photo: Mr. Castro is the organizer of the spring Spanish trip.
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