Field Trip: Girona & Calella

From the Iberian occupation to the Napoleonic siege, the history of Girona makes the city of special interest in Catalunya. Students wandered the medieval streets and walls with their professors, studying architecture, discussing history, and even recording video for their final Spanish presentations on the steps of the cathedral.  After lunch, we finally enjoyed some excellent weather on the Costa Brava at the breathtaking beach at Calella de Palafrugell.

A buen hambre… no hay pan duro.

A buen hambre… no hay pan duro. (Translation: there is no hard bread for the hungry!) Major teachers got together with their classes last night and took them out to eat at various restaurants throughout the city.  Below are pictures of students with their major classes and teachers.

A Day at the Beach!

On Sunday, our students had a great day at a beach in Montgat, a town north of Barcelona.

La Prepa students at the beach!

La Prepa students at the beach!

Esta semana en Fotografía Urbana

This week in Fotografía urbana, the class visited two exhibits in the Eixample district of Barcelona.  The first, by photographer Mikel Bastida, took place in the OpenHouseProject gallery (  For the second, they visited La Maga gallery to view a collection called ¨”Butterfly days” by Bego Antón.  The students then took advantage of some free time to take pictures of local skateboarders near the MACBA.

Later in the week, the class welcomed guest speaker and photographer Joan Pujol Creus who spoke about the evolution of his work from its beginning to his most recent projects.  The students learned about the use of color and light in the context of urban photography, using his París, lumieres des rêves ( as an example.

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Sagrada Família

When Antoni Gaudí took over the design of the Chapel of San José in 1884, he imagined a church inspired by nature with unprecedented technical features. His design was truly visionary. Unfortunately, Gaudí did not witness the completion of his masterwork due to his untimely death in 1926. The construction of the church has continued for more than 100 years, and champions and critics of the temple have debated its completion. Yet, the Sagrada Família remains a powerful representation of the Bible, producing scenes of the life of Jesus and symbols from the Old Testament.

Dwarfed by the grandiose façades and forest-like columns, students entered the Basílica with eyes lifted toward the vertical views. Tours were conducted in both Spanish and English to explain the detailed symbolism of each section of the building. A living structure, the Sagrada Família will never be as it was today, making the students’ visit especially magical.

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