Look Out, Ciudad Real - Here We Come!
After a long plane trip from Chicago to Madrid, all of the students and instructors were reunited at the airport. Having started speaking only Spanish upon landing, the students experienced the process of arriving in a foreign country and answering the questions of passport officials in Spanish - a fun experience to say the least, but all went just fine! After claiming their bags (which also all arrived without problems), we all climbed on board the bus for a two hour bus ride to Ciudad Real. Though most were extremely tired, we enjoyed our first views of Castilla - the windmills, the images of Don Quijote, and the beautiful landscape. Below, you see everyone's smiling faces on our first offical bus photo! :)
Upon arrival in Ciudad Real, the host families awaited our arrival. The students spent the weekend with their families, hopefully using the siesta to recover from jet lag and watching a little EuroCup soccer. On Monday, the students returned to school. Their families accompanied them on their first day and the instructors sent them running through the city on a scavenger hunt to get to know Ciudad Real. They have had an introduction to all of their classes and are looking forward to Friday's trip to Toledo!