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A trip to Spain
    2017-03-22  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    On the afternoon of December 16, 2016, I arrived at SCIE to join my shoolmates for the field trip to Spain. We, as a group of 16 students and two teachers, took off from Hong Kong and arrived in Madrid after an 18-hour flight.

    We spent several days in Madrid and visited a number of tourist attractions in the vicinity, including Toledo, the former capital of Spain, the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) and the Prado Museum (Museo del Prado).

    Madrid is a typical European city, vigorous and crowded, with its gothic architecture, stately colosseum and arches, and crisscrossing streets illuminated by fairy lights. There was a strong Christmas vibe the evening we arrived, as we took a walk in the central area and visited various markets selling snacks and drinks.

    The next day we went to Toledo. Known as the“city of three cultures,” it has been influenced by the historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews. Most of its ancient buildings are well-preserved, and wandering in the city was like taking a glimpse into the history of medieval Spain.

    Practicing Spanish, of course, was one of our reasons for visiting Spain. Despite the fact that I have been studying Spanish for two years, listening and talking to Spanish natives still proved to be slightly difficult. However, it is under such circumstances that what you learn is more likely to be remembered by heart. When we were having lunch in a local restaurant in Toledo, a waitress asked us if we wanted ice in our drinks. She said “hielo” (spanish word for “ice”) so fast that none of us understood, so we said yes. We regretted it quickly when she served us with glasses of ice water and she had to remove the ice so that we could drink it. From then on, the word “hielo” has been stuck in my memory.

    A few days later we went to Barcelona by AVE. Compared to the cold and dry weather in Madrid, the warmer and considerably wetter atmosphere in Barcelona was more like that of Shenzhen. It was, indubitably, the most beautiful city I have ever seen (though I haven’t seen many). It has gathered every element needed to become an exotic Arcadia in the mind of an ignorant 17-year-old Chinese student like me. Seawater glittered in the ports as the sun shone brilliantly in the clear, azure sky.

    To the west, the Serra de Collserola mountain range formed a natural boundary embracing the city. The best part was visiting La Sagrada Familia and the Park Güell, both designed by Antoni Gaudí, a genius Catalan architect. La Sagrada Familia refreshed my stereotypical view of churches and the Park Güell was purely a world of fairy tales. Overlooking from the small hill on which the park lay, I could see the whole city stretching before me. The ingenious combination of the natural landform and the structure of the park was a perfect example of cooperation between man and nature.

    After spending a wonderful holiday in Spain, we took off in an A380 airliner from Barcelona and returned to China. It was a meaningful trip, in that it brought me the opportunity to practice my language skills in a Spanish speaking environment. It was my first visit to Spain, and I am sure that it will not be my last one.

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