Our first few days!

Our first few days!

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el miércoles, 24-6-15 9:00h (Wednesday, 6-24-15, 9am)

¡Buenos días a todos! 
First of all, I apologize for not posting sooner! As you can imagine, it has been a crazy (but FUN!) first few days! After our long journey from Portland to Amsterdam and then to Madrid, we were all extremely exhausted. During the entire trip we never saw nighttime, since we jumped forward to a new time zone, so of course, this disoriented our internal body clocks a bit and it has taken us all a few days to get settled and recover from jetlag and culture shock of being in a foreign, but exciting, new place!

Students spent the first weekend (Saturday evening and Sunday) with their host families and we didn´t meet up again until Monday morning, for our first day of class. A lot of students went swimming to escape the heat and bond with their new families. Students have 3 hours of class each day, split up into two 1 1/2 hours sections by a 30 minute break and snacktime. In the afternoon, we eat lunch with all the niños in the school cafeteria and then later, there is usually some type of activity that we do together as a group. Monday we had a tour of the entire school at which the students are studying. It´s huge! There are approximtely 2,400 students that attend Los Gredos between 4 months to early college age. It is a co-op part-private, part-public school. Today - Wednesday - is their last day of school and then they are on holiday for the summer! On Tuesday, Corvallis students spent the afternoon hanging out in the primary school classrooms with the little kids and then later had a short theatre lesson with our Gredos contact/drama director, Álvaro. Corvallis students had fun making up skits with the primary level theatre students. Los españoles had to speak in English in the skits and los americanos had to speak in Spanish. ¡Qué divertido! 

Today, we are only attending our first section of class and then will be taking the metro to the center of Madrid to visit the Parque del Retiro and the Museo del Prado, one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. In class yesterday, students learned about Velázquez, Goya, and el Greco, which are three of the main influential painters and artists in the history of Spain. We will see their most famous works in the museum today!

Check out our Photo Gallery for pics from our trip so far! More to come! 

¡Un abrazo de Madrid!