Despite the long travel, our team arrived safely, soundly, and smilingly in Madrid the following morning ready to face a new day in a new country.
After a sleepy bus ride, we finally made it to León where the students met their host families (an encounter full of hugs, kisses, and the promise of way too much delicious Spanish food). On Friday, we took the group for a walking tour that included a visit to the academia where we'll be having classes, a glimpse of the restaurant where we'll normally be having lunch, and an overview of some of León's more iconic sites.
|In front of León's world-famous cathedral|
|Enjoying the charms of the Plaza Mayor|
The day was full of explorations and conversations (in Spanish, of course), and by the afternoon, everyone was feeling much more acquainted with their new host city. For now, the students will have the weekend to unwind and get to know their host families a bit before we dive into the academic program on Monday.
I know I speak for my fellow instructors (Sarah, Megan, Israel) when I say that we couldn't be more impressed by the positive attitudes, the curiosity, and the open minds with which our team has greeted Spain so far.
More updates to come soon as the adventure continues. For now, families, friends, and fans, we thank you for sharing these students with us over the next 6 weeks for what we are sure will be an unforgettable experience.