The idea of spring break can seem daunting for many as they scramble to figure out plans and schedule flights, while still trying to make it the enjoyable, relaxing period it’s meant to be. Wasatch Academy put forth an option that had parents breathing a sigh of relief and students gearing up for a fun-filled and adventurous two weeks out of the country with their classmates and teachers. Thirteen students and two teachers were lucky enough to take part in this vacation getaway to France and Spain. Wasatch went above and beyond any expectations with this student trip, planning activities to ensure cultural immersion and the ultimate experience for everyone.
The students participated in activities such as a tapa class taught by the locals from Madrid. Tapa is Spanish for ‘small portion’ and tapas are a traditional meal, ordered several at a time, for dinner around Spain. Students participated in the cooking class, making several tapas including paella, patatas bravas, and almond cake Santiago. After preparing the meal, the students and teachers were invited to sit down and eat their food and relax after a long day of sightseeing.
One of the highlights of that day was Plaza Del Sol, the Plaza of the Sun. It was built around 1766 after the location was found to be the very center of Spain. The plaza is decorated with a sun, and it’s six beams are meant to represent the six main roads of Spain at the time. Despite the many years, Plaza Del Sol remains a hive of activity and is often populated by merchants selling handmade wares and artists performing around the center.
The group ended the trip by traveling to Paris, taking a bullet train from Barcelona into the capital of France. While the train ride was seven hours, students took the opportunity to play games with one another or catch up on sleep after a week of packed schedules. France proved to be just as beautiful as Spain, both in architecture and art pieces. The group was lucky enough to visit one of the world’s most famous art museums, Le Louvre, which has over 35,000 pieces of art on display. Along with Le Louvre, students also visited Musee D’Orsay, which houses many famous French works such as Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and Ballet Class by Edgar Degas. The trip came to a close with a visit to the iconic Tour Eiffel, known to many as the Eiffel Tower. Students enjoyed a trip to the top of the structure, which stands about 324 meters at its tallest point.