Traveling abroad is something many people dream of doing in their lifetime. During winter break, fortunately, a small group of BL students had the opportunity to travel to Madrid, Spain.
On Tuesday, December 27, 2016, BL students led by Señor Robinson flew to Madrid, Spain. They flew from Washington Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. to Madrid, Spain stopping in Paris, France for a brief layover along their way.
Sophomore Charlie Kenny was excited for the trip. Traveling abroad has always interested him, Kenny said.
“Except for looking at pictures, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was really looking forward to the food, though,” Kenny said.
Providing students with an opportunity to travel abroad opens a window for them to experience different people and cultures. Learning or reading about other cultures is one thing, but being able to experience them by traveling is different.
“I enjoyed seeing how their way of life was different from ours. In Spain, they eat lunch every day around 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon, very different from when we normally eat lunch between 12:00 and 2:00,” Kenny said.
While there, the group was able to tour different attractions. The group visited the Royal Palace, museums, and soccer stadiums, along with day trips to other nearby towns.
The group took a day to travel to Toledo, Segovia, and El Escorial. Here they visited sights of historic, cultural, and artistic significance.
“My favorite was the Roman aqueduct at Segovia that was built in the second century,” Señor said.
“My favorite part of the trip was visiting Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid’s soccer stadiums,” Kenny said.
Junior Jackson Gazin said his favorite part was exploring the city. “It was really interesting to immerse myself in a different culture,” Gazin said. Watching people go about their daily lives in a different country was captivating for Gazin.
Gazin, who had previously traveled to Scotland and Paris, expected Madrid to have a big city feel. “It didn’t feel like a stereotypical big city like Paris or New York. I felt like it was more connected and would be hard to get lost,” Gazin said.
The opportunity to travel abroad to Madrid was a good experience for all participants. “Spain is very unique,” Kenny said. “Madrid is a big city with rich culture and a lot to offer. I would definitely recommend that others travel to Spain if they ever get the chance because I would love to go back,” Kenny added.
The BL squad departed Madrid on Sunday, January 1, 2017. They flew from Madrid to Amsterdam, Netherlands before making it back to Washington D.C. The five-day trip was an exciting adventure for all participants and a European endeavor that BL hopes to continue.