Hola everybody! Here’s an update on what our San Sebastian Month & 6-Week students have been up to this week:
On Sunday, we boarded the bus to our new home in San Sebastian, pausing in Segovia to stretch our legs and explore! It was *so* interesting to see the terrain drastically change as we traveled. We saw plains, fields of lavender, rocky mountains, and finally: the tall, evergreen-covered mountains that signal arrival in Basque country.
Segovia is home to the emblematic Roman Aqueduct & the Alcazar Palace. This city, built into a valley, is quite beautiful and VERY different from Madrid. We first stopped by the aqueduct to admire its immense size and historical significance — and, of course, to snap some pictures. While standing in the plaza, we also learned about “cochinillo”, the local culinary specialty. We then toured the Alcazar Palace, before walking up the narrow, winding stairwell to reach the tower, which offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape. We had lunch in the main square before boarding the bus again and heading north to San Sebastián.
Then came the moment we’ve all been waiting for: we finally got the first glimpse of the gorgeous city of San Sebastian! Before we knew it, excited students were meeting even more excited host families for the very first time.
Monday was our first day of Spanish classes. Homestay families walked students to school the first day, and right away we got started with class placement and lessons. Students proudly shared what they’d learned during our afternoon group activity, a walking tour of San Sebastián.
We explored “Parte Vieja”, the historical district, and “Centro,” the modern downtown. We even stopped for churros and chocolate during our tour! Yum! Students learned about the city’s history, got their bearings, and learned to recognize our meeting points and important landmarks in town.
On Tuesday, students chose between two activities: the first option was a visit to the San Telmo Museum, which is located in a former monastery in the old town and is now the largest collection of Basque history and culture. Students had a great time exploring, and learned a lot about the region where they are living. It was lovely to overhear comments like, “This chapel is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!” Or “Wow, this place is really cool!”.
The second group took a “pintxo tour” and got to try a variety of new foods! Pintxos are a lot like tapas, or small plates. They are designed to be eaten in 1-3 bites, and often are a great excuse to get together with friends.
Wednesday, we enjoyed our third day of classes and a visit to Casa de la Paz, a local cultural center for promoting education & human rights awareness.