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Amanda Thomas

Spain, Fall 2011


Hello Dr. Carter,

First week in Spain has been amazing!! The flight over here was long, but well worth it.

The first day we hit the ground running with plenty of things to keep us busy and awake. Kristyn had breakfast and an orientation with us. She is very helpful and kind. A tour of the school and town, made us all instantly fall in love with Spain. That night the other foreign exchange students had a meet and greet session for us, I am sure they will be most helpful these next four weeks and will hopefully become great friends and unforgettable people.

On Thursday I met with my mentor teacher, she is from Canada and teaches drama here at the school. I think working with her these next 4 weeks will be a lot of fun. Today she had a conference in Florence so I observed a different teacher in the building, and helped Tammi build a robot.

So glad to be student teaching abroad,

Amanda

Hi Dr. Carter!

Happy Thanksgiving!! To celebrate we are cooking dinner with the other exchange students. Yesterday we all went to town to get groceries and prepare for our potluck Thanksgiving meal.

It has been a great week here in Spain!

This past weekend we went into Barcelona to explore the city. On Saturday we toured Sagrada Familia, what a beautiful Cathedral. Sunday we went to back into Barcelona, and took a tour bus around the city. This allowed us to see all the main attractions and choose the ones we would like to go back to and visit again. We rode around the city for 4 hours on the tour bus, this was a great way to see the city and I would recommend this to those coming here in the future. The bus took us all over Barcelona to all the main attractions.

I have enjoyed being at the school this week. I was able to do a presentation over the differences in schools in the USA during 1 ESO English class. My teacher had asked me to prepare a 5 to 8 minute presentation, the kids were so interested and asked relevant questions that the class discussion ended up lasting the whole class period (which my teacher was thrilled about!) The teacher had asked me to do this presentation to help them with their English writing prompt describing their ideal school. I have been able to continually assist her throughout her classes helping students prepare their presentations in Drama class for their final evaluations. One day she even split the class in half and had me work individually with half the class in a separate classroom.

This weekend I am going on a weekend trip to Rome, with: Bethany, Katie, Laura Beth, and Tammi. We will leave on Friday afternoon and return Sunday. Should be an awesome trip! Bethany has all the information about the flights and hotel; and should be sending you that information.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful weekend!

Amanda

Hi Dr. Carter,

Sorry my email is a few days late!

Last week I had a very busy, but enjoyable week at school. I have been teaching the English Class to the 1 ESO students. We are working on a project about their Christmas presentations to Skype back to my students in KY. Collaborating between two different schools, let alone two different countries can be a bit much at times, but will be completely worth it for the students!

We made it to a Futbol game! We are now Barca fans! They won 4 to 0, what an exciting game!! Everyone in the stands knows all the cheers and chants!

On Saturday and Sunday we went in to Barcelona to continue to explore the city. On Saturday we visited the Olympic Stadium, then had dinner on the Meditteranean Sea. Our meal there has been one of my favorites by far, we each ordered a variety of tapas. On Sunday we visited Las Ramblas Street where we enjoyed a dinner of Paella.

Today we went into a little town that is just a 20 min train ride called Vic, where we enjoyed a medieval festival! The streets were lined with shops and people dressed in medieval attire. It was so fun and the food was amazing sweets were everywhere!

Having a wonderful time here in Spain,

Amanda

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