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Celebrity Sighting!-Barcelona Pre-College Enrichment

!Hola familias y amigos!

El Viernes de manana despedimos alos estudiantes del programa de 21 dias. Fue una triste despedida, pero muchosestudiantes ya han hecho planes para visitarse pronto!  Es fantastico como hemos formado amistades entan poco tiempo. Lisa B. y Karan Z. ya han dicho que Lisa va a visitar a Karanen su hogar en Tokyo!

On Friday morning, we had to say goodbye to our 21 day program members. It was a sad goodbye, but many program members are already making travel plans to meet up soon! It’s amazing what close friendships can be made in such a short time. Lisa B. and Karan Z. are already talking about Lisa visiting Karan at her home in Tokyo!

El Viernes tambien fue nuestroultimo dia de clases de Espaniol en International House. Todos juntos fuimos alFutbol Club Barcelona a visitar el estadio y el museo. El motto del equipo es “mas que un club”. Definitivamente entendimospor que dicen eso despues de visitar el club! Muchos estudiantes se quedaronsorprendidos al ver el tamanio del estadio. El museo esta lleno de trofeos queel equipo ha ganado desde 1899.

Friday was also our last day of Spanish classes at the International House School. We traveled as a group to the Futbol Club Barcelona to check out their stadium and museum. The team’s motto is “mes que unclub” which translates to “more than a club”. We definitely understood why after visiting! Many program members were in awe at the size of the stadium. Their museum is filled with trophies that the team has won since its start in 1899.

El Sabado fuimos a la playa a tomarun poco de sol y a nada en el Mar Mediterraneo. Tuvimos un invitado especialmientras que nos divertiamos en la playa – Kobe Bryant! Alex M. se saco un fotomuy Buena con Kobe! Mientras que estabamos cenando en restaurants sobre laplaya, algunos tuvieron suerte de encontrarse con todo el equipo de basketballde USA cenando! Algunos estudiantes, como David S. tomaron videos del equiposaliendo del restaurant, mientras que otros, como Sam A. obtuvo autografos.

On Saturday, we all headed down to the beach to soak up some rays and take a swim in the Mediterranean. We had a surprise guest on the beach while we were enjoying ourselves – Kobe Bryant of the NBA Los Angeles Lakers! Alex M. got a great picture with Kobe! While the program members were having a delicious ocean front dinner, some of them were lucky enough to spot the entire USA basketball team having dinner! Some students like David S. got videos of the team leaving the restaurant, while others like Sam A. got autographs.

El Domingo, el grupo tuvo unamaniana tranquila, y por la tarde nos fuimos en bus a Montserrat. Elmonsaterio, Santa Maria de Montserrat, se encuentra en una montania con unavista muy bonita. Algunos estudiantes, como Charlie V. y Rebecca A., caminaronpor alrededor de la montania para disfrutar de la vista. Otros, como Sydney S.y Dylan L. probaron las comidas artesanales de los vendedores locales de estaarea.

The group had a nice, leisurely Sunday morning and boarded our coach bus to head to Montserrat for the afternoon. The monastery, Santa Maria de Montserrat, is set on a beautiful mountain with picaresque views. Some students, like Charlie V. and Rebecca A., took a hike around the mountain to enjoy the view. Others, like Sydney S. and Dylan L., tried the local artisan foods from local vendors in the area.

El Domingo por la noche, variosestudiantes fueron a ver el partido de basketball de USA contra Argentina en elPalau Sant Jordi. Los estudiantes se divirtieron mucho al ver a sus idolos debasketball ganar contra el equipo Argentino. Scott G. y David L. entraron a lacancha despues del partido!

On Sunday night, many of the group members attended the USA vs. Argentina basketball game at Palau Sant Jordi. The students had a great time watching their basketball idols from home beat the Argentinean team. Scott G. and David L. even got onto the court after the game!

Ahora estamos paseando por laciudad, disfrutanso de nuestro ultimo dia en Barcelona. Algunos estamosdisfrutando de la playa, mientras que otros estan explorando otros lugares dela ciudad. Rene M., Sarah A., y Jackie S., estan disfrutando de su ultimavisita a Plaza Catalunya antes de irse a la playa. Maniana dejamos nuestrohogar aqui para visitar el precioso pueblo sobre la playa, Sitges, dondedisfrutaremos del hermoso hotel, la piscine, la playa, y el parque dediversions, Port Aventura!

We are currently out and about in the city enjoying our last full day in Barcelona. Some are enjoying the beach while others are exploring new areas of the city. Rene M., Sarah A., and Jackie S., are enjoying a last walk around Placa Catalunya before heading down to the beach. Tomorrow we leave our home here to venture to the gorgeous beach town Sitges where we will be enjoying the beautiful resort pool, the nearby beach, and the theme park, Port Aventura!

Hasta pronto!

The Westcoast Blogger

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