When we met up with the students this morning, it was good to hear they had a fun (and safe!) first night out on their own. Blanca from Barcelona SAE was at our apartments to take us on our day trip to Tarragona. Today's leaders were Lukas and Stacie and together they informed the group what we could expect to see in Tarragona. Our bus trip to the city took a little less than an hour and a half. There, we met up with our walking tour guide. During the tour, we saw Roman and Medieval structures such as the Cathedral, the Roman wall, and the amphitheater. We also saw some beautiful views of the Mediterranean and the City of Tarragona.
Our lunch was a buffet with many items to choose from. I was glad to see that a lot of people tried a little of everything.
After lunch we had about an hour and a half of free time. I went with a group to see an excavation of tombs. Joe went with a group that stumbled upon an ice rink. One student, Tanner, tried ice skating for the first time!
The group got back together in a square with a statute representing the human towers that are often seen in this part of Spain. Everyone seemed to have some fun with this statue.
We then took the bus back to Barcelona, where everyone was off to explore the city some more. You can see videos of Lukas and Stacie on our Facebook page.
Joe and I went to the Placa Catalunya, where we saw a little festival in preparation for the Three Kings' arrival on the 6th. It was amusing to see the little kids sitting on the Kings' laps, just like kids in America sit on Santa's lap. Guess the lap-sitting thing is pretty universal! This King even waved at me when I took his picture.
That is one thing that has been great about being in Barcelona this time of the year. Christmas here is in full swing all the way through Epiphany on the 6th. So it has been fun seeing how everything is decorated and visiting the Christmas markets.
All in all, another great day! And the weather continues to be absolutely perfect.