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sábado, 22 de junio de 2013

Hola Coca-cola!

Second week has just passed with days full of adventures!
I can tell you that your kids keep enjoying wonderful Valencia!

Students have started planning their activities for the farewell ceremony in July. One group is working in a soap-opera, other one is writing  a play, and the last two are preparing a news report show and a play. It has been a lot of fun!

Wednesday was time for recreation! Students played soccer, volleyball, ran, and walked. They like this day because they can enjoy the beauty and shiny colors of Valencia parks. On Thursday, students climbed the "MIguelete" (bell tower) where they could see Old Valencia and other important places in the city. And after this, ICE-CREAM and CHURROS!!!!!!!!!!!

Last Friday, we had our first excursion to a valenciano town called Xativa. It was a pearl! We climbed a mountain to reach a castle (actually we took a small train). The kids explored places such as the guard points, the gardens, water deposits and dungeons. They also had free time to explore the city and eat local food.

Saturday was movie time! We went to the movies and some of the students watched "MOnsters University", and other ones watched "Superman"  and the spanish thriller "Los Insensibles".

Week three is about to start and will be even better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They miss you a lot and they are already planning to come to Valencia with you in a near future!

On behalf of Valencia team 2013,


sábado, 15 de junio de 2013

Dear families in USA,

I am glad to let you know that our first week in  Valencia has been great!. The kids have spent it with their host families talking about Valencia, eating spanish food during dinner and enjoying the weather. Day one was for the orientacion with students and host families where we went over the program rules again. They also had their first day in the restaurant where they  had their first contact with spanish food. During the first week they ate squid, paella valenciana with rabbit, valenciana salad, two kinds of fish from the region and a special dessert called natilla. They have also eaten tortilla española ( scrambled eggs with potatoes and rice) at home and 
other yummy spanish food!. We visited Old Valencia last Friday and they learned about  Valencia important historic sites such as Serranos Towers (main entrance to Valencia during XIV century), The Cathedral (where the Holy Grail is kept), the Virgin Square (famous for its Neptune fountain), The Queen Square (where they can try churros, tapas and ice creams with interesting spanish food flavors) and La Lonja (Unesco Site). The tour ended in a traditional market where your kids could see the different fruits, seafood and meat valencianos often buy. Our first optional activity also took place last Saturday and this was a visit to L'Almoina (Roman Ruins under Valencia). They really liked the tour around this site. But not everything has been been visiting historical places. Guess what?   They have already gone to the beach to enjoy the Mediterranean sea and its sun ( with  sunblock and many  big bottles of water!).

They told me to let you know that they miss you a lot and thank you  for the opportunity  you have given them to enjoy Valencia and have memorable moments at a so young age!!!!!!!!!!

Greetings from fantastic Valencia!

Valencia team 2013

domingo, 9 de junio de 2013

My dear families,

We had two very long days in planes and in a bus until we reached our final destination: Valencia. We had a delay in Madrid with the bus but everything was solved without any inconvenient. We arrived in Valencia at 330pm and the kids were happy to meet their families. The host families were very excited waiting for them  outside school and they are looking forward to having a special spanish dinner for the first time with them tonight.

Tomorrow we will meet at school to go over the honor code with both students and families. The unforgettable experience has started!

Valencia team