Arrival Morning at LADEBA 2017!

It’s a beautiful July morning in Barcelona and we at LADEBA are so excited to welcome this summer’s group of students! Follow this blog today and throughout the summer for more updates.

Es una hermosa mañana estival en Barcelona y el equipo de LADEBA está muy emocionado por la llegada de nuestros estudiantes! Seguid atentos a este blog hoy y durante todo el mes para saber todas las novedades.

The Final Night: A Bittersweet Celebration

Greetings from LADEBA 2016!

Today was a day filled with mixed emotions as our students celebrated their achievements throughout the month and said goodbye to the professors, classmates, and city they have grown to love. The central activity of the day, after a morning and afternoon spent packing up their rooms and completing course evaluations, was the end-of-program dinner and awards ceremony.

In the evening, students dressed to the nines and gathered in the courtyard of the residence to take group pictures before heading as a group to the Asador del Mar restaurant to enjoy a Spanish-inspired feast. Everyone enjoyed such dishes as Iberian ham on pan con tomate, seafood croquetas, freshly-caught fish, and Black Forest cake for dessert. It was great to be able to sit together and enjoy an elegant dinner with the entire program!

Afterwards, the program headed back to the residence and met in the common area, where Major class teachers, Activities Directors, Deans, and the Program Director presented outstanding students with awards. It was moving to see the connections formed between our students and educators during the course of the program! Afterwards, the Program Assistants and Activities Directors presented a sweet and often hilarious slideshow filled with pictures and videos taken throughout the program. It was a wonderful opportunity to review all the memories made this month, memories that we hope will last a lifetime!

Finally, as the clock inched towards midnight, students enjoyed a curfew-free night, with the chance to snack on pizza, reminisce, dance to music in the common area, and leave notes for friends and staff in colorful envelopes set up by our Activities Directors. We are thrilled to have had such a successful last evening with our students.

Although we are very sad to see our brilliant program participants leave, we are thankful for the opportunity we had to get to know them and spend this summer with them! Barcelona will always be waiting for their return, no matter how far they travel.

Thanks again from LADEBA 2016!

¡Saludos desde LADEBA 2016!

Hoy ha sido un día agridulce, ya que nuestros estudiantes han celebrado sus logros de este mes mientras se despedían de sus profesores, sus amigos y la ciudad de la que se han enamorado a lo largo del verano. La actividad principal del día, tras una mañana y mediodía de evaluaciones de clase y de hacer maletas, han sido la cena del fin de curso y la ceremonia de premios.

Por la tarde, los alumnos se han vestido de punta en blanco y han quedado en el patio de la residencia para sacarse fotos de grupo. ¡Todos han salido muy guapos! Luego, todos hemos ido al restaurante Asador del Mar para disfrutar de un banquete inspirado en la cocina española. Todos han gozado de platos como jamón ibérico y pan con tomate, croquetas de marisco, pescado fresco de la lonja y tarta de selva negra de postre. ¡Ha sido muy hermoso poder sentarnos juntos y tener una cena elegante como programa!

Después, el programa ha vuelto a la residencia y ha quedado en la sala común, donde los profesores de las clases major, los Activities Directors, los deganos y el Director del programa han otorgado premios a los estudiantes más sobresalientes del grupo. Realmente ha sido muy conmovedor ver las conexiones que se han creado entre nuestros profesores y alumnos durante este mes julio. Tras la ceremonia de premios, hemos podido gozar del gran estreno de la presentación de programa que han elaborado nuestros Program AssistantsActivities Directors. Las fotos y los videos incluidos en la presentación nos han ayudado a repasar los bonitos recuerdos que hemos hecho este mes, que esperamos que duren toda la vida.

Mientras el reloj se movía pasito a pasito hacia la medianoche, nuestros alumnos han aprovechado de la noche sin toque de queda: comiendo pizza, rememorando el verano, bailando al ritmo de la música y escribiéndoles cartas a amigos, profesores y a la administración que han dejado en sobres coloridos colgados en la pared por nuestros Activities Directors. Nos hemos alegrado mucho de que nuestra última noche con los estudiantes haya sido tan exitosa.

Aunque estamos muy tristes por el fin del programa y la ida de nuestros estudiantes, también estamos muy agradecidos por la oportunidad de poder haberlos conocido y de pasar el verano con ellos. Barcelona siempre los acogerá, por lejos que viajen.

¡Gracias de nuevo desde LADEBA 2016 y adiós!

Rise and shine LADEBA 2016!

Our students keep on discovering the city of Barcelona but this time from the point of view of their major classes. The International Relations group visited the exposition “Making Africa” in the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, located in the heart of the Raval district. Meanwhile, the students of “Cultura y Cocina” learned how hard it actually is to bake bread. On the other side of “las Ramblas”, in the Gothic quarter and in Born, the architecture students wandered around the area appreciating how the city evolved during the Middle Ages.  This same time period was also the matter of study for the “Barcelona y la Cultura Moderna” class as it ventured into the National Musem of Art of Catalonia. The Oceanography class headed to the Cosmocaixa –the Science Museum- to learn how planetary rotation effects oceanic currents.

In the evening, the students enjoyed eating “churros con chocolate”, one of the most typical Spanish treats. They went to a café called Dulcinea, located in Carrer Petrixol, the street to go if you want to taste delicious “churros” in Barcelona.

More adventures await the LADEBA 2016 students in their field trip to the old Roman town of Tarragona.

 

¡Saludos desde Ladeba!

Hoy los alumnos han seguido descubriendo la ciudad desde la perspectiva de sus materias. El grupo de Relaciones Internacionales ha visitado la exposición “Making Africa”, en el Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, en pleno barrio del Raval. Mientras, muy cerca, en la panadería Mistral, los estudiantes de Cultura y Cocina aprendían sobre la complejidad que se esconde en el proceso de elaboración del pan. Al otro lado de las Ramblas, en el barrio gótico y el Born, los estudiantes de arquitectura deambulaban por las calles para ver cómo evolucionó la ciudad durante la Edad Media. El mismo periodo ha sido estudiado por los estudiantes de Barcelona y la Cultura Moderna, pero éstos en las salas que el Museo Nacional de Arte de Catalunya dedica al Arte Gótico. La clase de Oceanografía se ha dirigido al Cosmocaixa -el Museo de la Ciencia- para aprender sobre los efectos de la rotación planetaria en las corrientes oceánicas.

Por la tarde los estudiantes se han puesto las botas comiendo churros con chocolate, un clásico de la merienda española. Lo han hecho en Dulcinea, en la Calle Petritxol, la calle de Barcelona que alberga más chocolaterías.

Mañana nos espera un día largo e intenso: ¡una excursión a Tarragona!

Director’s Welcome

¡Saludos a todos!

Greetings to all our parents near and far! I am happy to report that, with the exception of two students who are arriving tomorrow due to unforeseen travel difficulties, all of our LADEBA 2015 participants have arrived and are safely ensconced in our residence. As they say here in Spain (and as I will no doubt repeat in my future weekly messages this summer), todos los oseznos están en la cueva:­ all the cubs are in the den. And they are safe and sound.

We are already looking to have an incredible tenth summer here in LADEBA. La ciudad entre las montañas y el mar will present a great many culturally, intellectually, and personally thrilling moments for your children. Already they have explored the nearby environs of our lovely residential neighborhood: some have visited the local shopping mall L’illa, others have had un café at a small coffeehouse, and others have simply had a chill time meeting new friends in our residential common area (with friendly games of ping-pong, foosball, and billiards). The signup sheets for our many activities, too, are already bursting at the seams, with students looking forward to their visits to Montjuïc, tours of the Gothic Quarter and Passeig de Gracia, and of course la playa.

Tomorrow they will meet their teachers for the first time and embark on the full adventure this summer offers. After their Major and Minor classes have met, we will have a robust orientation program to familiarize them with program policies, to make them aware of things they should know about getting around Barcelona, and to inform them about a host of other practical concerns. All in all, it will be a fun and productive day.

If there is anything you need, please call our main program office at the Josep Manyanet residence at 34 934 195 145. If you would like to reach your child directly in a room, dial 34 933 631 290 and then either ask for the room number or dial the room number as soon as the recording begins.

You do not necessarily need to respond to this email, but if you do, please understand there may be a lag time in our response due to the incredible effort our entire staff is making in order to ensure the best month possible for your children.

Having said that, you can always reach someone in the program office should you call the program office number during our office hours of 8 a.m. to midnight, and I will also be alerted to emails that need my immediate attention.

Our Barcelona adventure is just about to begin. I look forward to updating you on a weekly basis about the wonderful experiences your children are about to enjoy. Thanks once again for entrusting us with their care.

Sincerely,

Jorge A. Rodriguez

Program Director