jueves, 19 de julio de 2018

Our Time in Ireland 2018

Three Weeks in Dublin


Unfortunately our trip has finished, so I'm going to do like a summary about the three weeks that we spent in Dublin. In a few words, I can describe the experience as one of my best experiences of my life, and I hope that my partners think the same. Im sure that no one will forget these incredible weeks.

In the first wee,k we didn't know each other, some of us did because maybe we were friends from Toledo or because we met last year here in Dublin. But then, with the passing of time, we have become very good friends.

During the trip we have done a huge number of activities like going to museums, playing sport at the school or just going to the park. An important point to mention about the park is that it's enormous and precious, so the time we have spent there was brilliant to take photos, play football or just to go for a walk.

Since the first day we noticed that the most difficult thing for us was to get used to the food timetable because in Ireland they have lunch at 13:00 and dinner at 18:00. Also the lunch was so strange for us because we had to eat at the school so the family gave us the "packed lunch" that normally contains two sandwiches, some chocolate, some fruit and a bottle of water.


The first day our group leaders (Sarah and Pilar) gave us our timetable for the three weeks. From Monday to Friday, we have had classes (9:30-11:00 and 11:15-12:45). After having lunch we have the activities, most days we went to museums or villages except some days that like I said before we stay at school playing sports. Every Thursday we had the Disco after having dinner, it has been incredible because we have met a lot of people from Spain and other countries.

Every school day we met at 9:00 with Pilar, Sarah and Niall and they asked us if we had any problemd and to be sure we have our packed lunch and the leap card (for the public transport).

We arrived on Wednesday and we stayed with the family so our first day of school and activities was Thursday. During the the four days left in that week, we went to the city centre, to the beach, to Powerscourt, Glendalough and to Bray. It was so good, but this year the weather was sostrange because it was very hot so it made us more tired.
 
The majority of the days we arrived to our home between 16:00 and 18:00 so we had enough time to do the most important thing: speak English with our family.

Let's move to the second week, here we were more used to being outside Spain and without our parents. This week we had 2 days of sports in which one of them we did Zumba, it was so funny to see some of us trying to follow the zumba teacher. Also we went to the disco on Thursday and on Friday we went to Henry Street and O'Connell Street, both are street in the center on Dublin where the most important shops are. Tuesday and Sunday are days that have been mentioned, because on Tuesday we went to Howth to do a quiz so we had to ask the people there and on Sunday we visited Belfast and the Titanic museum.


The third week has been so good, because  we did a lot of things like going to Howth and to the park to do some presentations. The day we went to Howth we were on a cruise and then we had dinner there (fish or chicken and chips). One day we went back to Howth to do a cliff walk, it wasn't the best activity of the trip. Also we had sports and shopping like the week before.


The last weekend was the best from my point of view. On Saturday we had a walk to the castle of Malahide, and there we ate our lunch and visited the castle. After we went to the coast, where we practised sailing and kayaking. The weather was great, a sunny day, but the water was a little bit cold. 

On Monday and Tuesday of the last week we had the sport day and we went to Croke Park. On Tuesday morning, the  group leaders told us that that night we had our final disco. On Wednesday, we had to be at the airport at 4:00 am.


To sum up, this experience has been fantastic. I want to say thank you to the group leaders and also to my partners that have make this trip one of the best. 


Ines Fernandez Fernandez 

Croke Park

Croke Park


Yesterday we went normally to school at nine o'clock. It was our last day so we were a little sad because we don't want to leave Dublin. 

Yesterday in the afternoon when we arrived at school we weny to class and them we went to the Croke Stadium by bus. 

When we arrived to the stadium we took some photos. It was amazing! It rained a litte but stopped early. A tour guide explained some information about the stadium like the facilities, the rules of the some sports I'll explain some information about them.

In this stadium Football and Hurling is played, they are the most important sports, they are a very important part of Ireland and for the Irish people. Many fans go every year to different matches. Many people are excited. Before a match, the streets are full of happiness and emotion.


Then we went inside and we saw many types of T-shirts, many teams and many colours. We went outside to see the stands and the field. We took some photos again of all and we sat down in the stands. 

The tour guide explained that the lengths of the field were 100 metres long and 90 metres wide. It was really bigand she explained too the basic rules of hurling like the ball cannot fall down, the facilities have 4 dressing rooms and there can be two matches in one day! She also told us that the ball can reach 100km/h and the player must wear a helmet.

Then we went to some rooms to practise Football and Hurling.


Claudia de Vega de la Cruz

Malahide

Malahide

Hello, I'm Alejandro and I'm going to talk about what we did today.

Today is Saturday and in the morning we met at the Supervalu at 11:30 and then we went to Malahide at 12:30 and we had lunch.

Later, we went into Malahide Castle that was opened to the public in 1977. The castle was made of very expensive materials because they had a lot of money from the habitants of the town. We saw a lot of rooms of the castle but not all.

Then we went to the water activities at 3:30 and we did kayaking that was very funny because we were two in each canoe then we did saling that was very relaxing and paddle surfing that I think it was the best.

At 6:30 we arrived home.


Alejandro Garcia Barrientos

martes, 17 de julio de 2018

Dublin WEEK TWO

Week Two


As usual classes begin from 9:30 to 11:00 then we have a break of fifteen minutes after that we have a second class with a different teacher and we finish at 12:45. 

Monday


After having lunch we had to do some sports, the first one being tango. The class was taught by two teachers. For dancing a tango, it is necessary to have a partner (the leader and the follower).  We learned the basics and almost everyone left the class knowing how to properly dance tango. When we finished the tango class, we had the possibility to choose between football or volleyball, both quite entertaining (after a few matches we also could go to yoga if we wanted to). 

At quarter past four, we went to our houses to have dinner. At approximately seven, we had to meet up with the group at the park to do the presentations. The first group (Paula, Inés, Paloma and Celia) talked about famous monuments from Toledo and Ireland. The second group ( Cristina, Laura and Nazaret ) talked about some Irish legends. The third group (Andrés and Alex) taught us the rules and some of the history of hurling. And last, but not least, the fourth group (Daniela, Mario, Jorge and me) talked about Gaelic football and handball. After the projects we could stay there and have a nice time in the enormous park but at half past nine we had to return to the houses.


Tuesday


As planned after finishing classes instead of eating we took the train to Howth where we would go on the Cruise.  On the boat, there was a voice that explained and signaled everything. We were given an hour of free time after the cruise finished. There were still people that had to present the project so at half past four, the first group of the day (Guillermo and Alex) had to begin their presentation. They explained a bit of the different typical Irish food. María, Amor and Jimena's group was the second one to present, they talked about famous celebrities (U2, Pierce Brosnan and Conor Mc Gregor). The third group (Enrique, Manuel and Jesús ) spoke about a famous musical band (The Cranberries). The fourth group (Andrea, Lucía, Livia and Marcos) explained some types of art (Irish dance, music and films). And the last group (Pablo and Diego) talked about some famous monuments like “The Cliffs of Moher” or “ The Spire”. After all the presentations, we ate fish and chips and went home.     


Wednesday


After eating in our classroom, we were divided in two groups. One made bracelets while the others were playing basketball. When the first group finished the bracelets activity they went to do yoga with two “staff” girls.  While the other groups made bracelets. Later, we had the possibility to go to the park or stay at home and watch the Croatia and England match.

Thursday


After eating, we took the bus to Howth (we went on two different buses because there wasn’t enough space for everyone) when we arrived we took a walk near the cliffs so we could see the deep blue/grey sea. The path was rocky and long but we had amazing views! At quarter past four, everyone returned to their houses to have dinner and having a host family afternoon (having a conversation with them), until we went to the disco from seven to ten.

Friday


After eating, we took the dart and went to Dublinia (a museum). The first floor was about the Vikings and their history, the second was about the Middle Ages and its history and the third floor was about archaeology. We had to see the museum in two different groups because we couldn’t go in with a big amount of people. After the visit, we all went to our respective houses.

Saturday

We met at 11:30 at the SuperValu in Killester and from there we went to Malahide. As soon as we arrived, we visited Malahide Castle that was opened to the public in 1977. We saw some rooms of the castle and a woman explained everything about them to usWe had lunch when we finished the visit and after that at 15:30 we went to the water activities. We did three different activities: Kayak it was exciting and good fun. Then we did sailing, it was nice and the weather helped a lot. The last activity was paddle surf my personal favorite!


Sunday


We met at 11:00 at the entrance of the park near school and from there we went to the center of Dublin. We were given almost the whole day as free time or shopping until 16:30, that’s the time we returned home. We arrived just on time to watch the second half of the Croatia- France World Cup Final. 

Carlota Sánchez Romero

Dublin WEEK ONE

Week One


Hello, I'm Paloma and I'm going to make a brief summery of our first week in Dublin.

We arrived here the 27th of June, we caught the bus and we went to our new school. At first, we were nervous because we didn't know each other but during the flight we made friends.
We arrived there at 14:00 and we went to Saint Anne's Park, here we were playing a Spanish card game called "asesino". After that, at 15:00 we met the new family, we were really nervous but excited at the same time.

On Thursday, we met at 9:00 in our Spanish base classroom, we talked about how our family was and after that we were divided into different classes. We started our lessons and at 12:45 we had our first lunch, then Lorcan (a yellow t-shirt) came with us and he showed us the most important parts of the city centre, just then we caught the "Dart" and we came back home. We had dinner and we dressed up well for the occasion (we went to the disco and we wanted to look good). Afterwards we arrived there, we danced and sang a lot and the most important thing was that we had lots of fun and that afternoon helped us to know each other better. 


On Friday we went to school again, we stayed in class during our lessons and subsequently we caught the Dart. We walked and in the end we arrived at Portmarnork Beach, because we had been very lucky with the weather! There we had lunch, got into the water, also took some amazing photos and we played different games like "Ninja". We spent the evening there and then we went home and stayed there until the next morning.

On Saturday, we did 2 activities. First, we met at school and one coach was waiting for us then we  went to Powerscourt Gardens. There we took photos, we walked and we had really good time in that colourful and beautiful place. After that, we went to Glendalough, which is an idyllic place with 2 different lakes. When we arrived, we had lunch but some of us bought our own lunch in takeaway restaurants, then we took a long walk with incredible views. We also saw some waterfalls and a cemetery with a tower that look like Rapunzel's. We watched a documentary about that place and after that long day we came back home.

On Sunday, we met later to rest. We went to the train station and we went to Bray, there, we had free time. First, we had lunch and then, most of us went to the top of a hill which had an enormous cross and amazing views. It was a big effort to go up but we achieved it, after that long walk we went down and many of us went to a bar to watch the Spain vs Russia football match. In the end, Spain lost but we had a good time while we were cheering for our team. At the end of the match, we all got together and we left Bray.

That's everything we did in our first week. I really enjoyed it and I hope you did too!


Paloma

Shopping in Dublin

Shopping in Dublin


Last Sunday, we had to meet at the entrance to Saint Anne’s park at 11.00. There we would have visited the neighborhood festival but it was raining so we didn't go. 

On the contrary, we went shopping. First we waited for some students who were in the church. We took the Dart in Killester and at the end we arrived in the center of Dublin. 

There the teachers gave us free time from 12.00 to 16.00. During this free time, we went shopping through the main streets, where there were stores like Carrolls, Arnotts, M & S... 

At 16.00, we took the Dart again and arrived home around 17.00. We had a great time, even though it was raining as we bought a lot of clothes and souvenirs.


Andrea Bermejo


Monday 16th (Clara Lizhu)

Monday 16th



Today  we went to school at 9:00 and we talked about how the weekend was. On Saturday, we were in Malahide doing water sports and Sunday in the city centre shopping. 


After that, we went to play table tennis until 9:30 until we went to class for 1 hour and 30 min. Later, we had a break for 15 minutes. We had another class until 12:45. We had lunch and at 13:30 we went to do sports. 

Today we had to wear different colours depending on the group that we were in. In our case, we were dressed in blue. Sports consisted of relays of basketball, football, tennis, running and more things. The team that finished first won the game. At 16:00, we finished it so we returned home to have dinner. 
For dinner I had carbonara that were cocked by the woman of my host family with the help of two Italian girls.  In the evening, at 6:15, after having dinner, I went up stairs to my bedroom to call my family and I talked with my mum and my dad. 

Later, I prepared my suitcase for the trip to return home and I called María at 22:00. We talked about 1 hour and half. When we stopped talking, I went to sleep about 24:00. 



Clara Lizhu