Cantabria was a really fun and an interesting experience. It started with a two day coach journey to Spain, stopping overnight in France. When we arrived the first thing we did was hit the beach!
The first day (Sunday) we went to a nature park which used to be a quarry. Now it contains lots of other animals like llamas, guinea pigs, meerkats and ostriches. When we were there we watched a bird show where birds like vultures and eagles flew right over our heads (and hit some of us!) We had the opportunity to buy some souvenirs in the gift shop.
On the second day, (Monday) we went to the cake factory called Selaya cake factory, where we saw cakes called ‘Sobao Pasiego’ being made. We each got a sample of the cake, and a lot of us bought some to take home as gifts. We then went to a popular beach in Santander and ate our lunch. There was also an incident of the toilet; that pays you and gives you a spoon to open the door with… In the evening we had a sand sculpture competition with mermaids and hippos!
On the third day (Tuesday) we drove to Santillana Del Mar and went around a beautiful village. There were flowers hanging from the balconies and the streets were cobbled. After going around the village, some of us went up to some Spanish children and started to talk to them. This went well (at least for some of us) we ended up writing our names on their arms and getting them to add us on Facebook. We then went back to the hotel and got ready for dinner. We were then taken back out later into Noja to a bar only open for us! We had a dancing competition (with Freddie and Becca winning) and Calum and Ollie getting a little too competitive!
On the fourth day (Wednesday) we went shopping! For the first two hours we split off into groups to shop. After lunch we did the euro challenge where we were given a euro each and had to buy the most inventive thing with it. This consisted of 182 potatoes (35kg), eel without its head and a sponge covered in whipped cream. In the evening we had a presentation where we all got certificates and some goodies. Ellen and Ollie won pupils of the trip.
We went away with memories and new experiences. As a whole Cantabria was a fantastic trip and brought people we didn’t necessarily know together. I would definitely recommend Cantabria as a worthwhile opportunity. Thank you to the teachers and coach drivers for making this trip possible.
By Anna Johnson, Nakeela Gill, Lauren Wride, Amelia Trillo, Becca Cooper and Raffaella Johnson.