Lusk Community College

Erasmus Trip to Spain

7 students travel to Alicante as part of our ARTISAN Erasmus Exchange.
Erasmus Trip to Spain

Day 1 of our Erasmus Diary

We set off bright and early for a busy day and a week full of excitement ahead of us. The day began by myself, Ms King, Mr Hearne and the other students gathering together at the airport to begin our adventure. Nervousness and eagerness was felt within me as this long awaited trip had finally arrived and I had never met my host family. After a drawn out security check and random searches, we made it through knowing there was no turning back now. We grabbed a bite to eat to keep us energised for the day and boarded the flight soon after. It was a smooth take off and a short and relaxed flight. We were scattered amongst the plane and occupied ourselves for the duration. We landed at 2pm and were greeted at the airport by our host families. We introduced ourselves and soon made our way back to the family home. Here we were welcomed and shown around and it was said to make ourselves at home. As the famous saying goes “mi casa es tu casa”. We met up in the evening time with the other students of the exchange program and enjoyed the Alicante beach and amusement park, all finished by Spain’s finest ice cream which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

By Sophie Gibbons

Day 2 of our Erasmus Diary

Day 2 of our trip was certainly one to remember. For most of us, our day began to the sound of an alarm clock. We had our first day of school with our new friends, and we were there by 8am. After everyone meeting outside, we entered ‘la sala de reunions’ to see the Italian and Finnish students in the Erasmus program for the first time, before all going to do our pre-planned presentations. We were happy with how our presentation went, and found it interesting to hear the Finnish and Italian students talk about their school and culture.

Next up on the agenda were the workshops: Lino printing, soap carving and musical instrument making. We all did them at different times in separate groups, and by all accounts it was a fun experience, with soap carving being the favourite among most of us. We tried ‘la tortilla Española’ (Spanish omelette) for lunch, and after that we headed out for a long walk to the town hall to meet the Mayor of Alicante. She made us feel very welcome in Alicante, and it was a great way to end our activities for the day. For the rest of the day we spoke and had a great time with our Spanish friends. There was definitely shyness on both sides for the first day, but Monday really helped us to get to know each other. Roll on day 3!

By Ben Farrelly

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