First days -- they´re here...

First days -- they´re here...

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Well, it was a long flight to Madrid followed by a mad dash to catch our flight to Sevilla with less than 45 minutes between arrival and departure, but our first group of students arrived tired, safe and sound in Sevilla on Sunday morning. After being picked up at the airport, we took a bus to the Plaza San Telmo in the Triana neighborhood, and we met our host parents and went off to our new homes for the next three weeks.  This is usually the moment of the trip that generates the most nervousness for obvious reasons. The homestays are in apartments, and students had a room to themselves or shared with their Lakeridge partner. We ate something in our homes, napped or took a little nap, then got together to walk together to the school. The chaperones checked in with the students, there were a couple of minor settling-in issues, which is to be expected, but things started off well. On our walk, I found out that the rain in Spain does not only fall on the plain -- we got rained on in Sevilla -- a first for me despite multiple visits. I went out to the airport and collected the three students who went through Dallas and therefore had a long layover in Madrid. They were met in Madrid, had a short city tour and lunch, then taken back to the airport, so their day although long, did not involve just sitting in the airport. We took them to their homestays, where they were reunited with their partners for the trip. 

On Monday, we met at CLIC, our language school, and the students went to their classes. Both Mrs. Woodward and I were pleasantly surprised by the positive attitude of the students, despite still being tired from our long flight, and not yet having adjusted to the difference in the time. I will tell you from the first break on, we have been receiving compliments on how good and positive our group is. There have been a couple of sore tummies, a couple issues to resolve regarding the homestays, but the students are having a great time in Sevilla.

More later,

Tim Shelmerdine

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