Monday, May 12, 2014

Hello from Barcelona!!

Only three more days until I am back in the states!
This weekend was amazing! I spent 24 hours in London trying to see all the sights! We flew in early Saturday morning and spent the day on another bus tour around the city! Our first stop was at Buckingham Palace and we got to see the changing of the guards! There were so many people outside  holding their phones up to see what was behind the gates. The guards marched in through the gates and changed guards then marched back out. It was hard for me to see anything since I'm so short but I got lucky and stood behind a buy holding up his iPad recording everything! We then got back on the bus tour and rode until we got to the London Eye. We walked around and listened to the street performers and then rode a boat tour on the River Thames to the Tower bridge. This was my favorite part! At the end of the day we had to follow a map to find our hotel. This was so much easier in London because everything was in English! Since we were only there for 24 hours we didn't have a lot of time for everything. I would have loved to see the inside of the Tower of London, gone to Abbey Road, and gone to Kings Crossing where Harry Potter was filmed! I guess ill have to do these things next time I'm in London. :) I am excited to wrap up my teaching in Barcelona. I have been teaching fourth grade about food. I taught many lessons on food groups and the essential nutrients. To finish my teaching the students were required to pick one food they want to know more about and use their ipads to find where the food is grown and what nutrients are found in the food. The students then made a mini poster as their final product. The students were very creative and have had fun doing this. I am looking forward to being back in the states to graduate and look for a job!!

Natalie and I by the Tower Bridge! 
In front of the Tower of London! 
Big Ben! I learned that the bell inside the tower is Big Ben, the tower is actually named Elizabeth Tower. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hello from Barcelona!

I am settling back into the swing of things in Barcelona after a four day weekend trip to Paris with two other girls student teaching at St. Paul's. We left Barcelona early Thursday morning and arrived in Paris two hours later to then get on a bus that took an hour and a half to get to Paris. Our hotel was in a town outside of Paris so after the bus ride we then had to take the metro 45 minutes to Cergy, the town we stayed in. From there we asked different people how to get to our hotel and finally wondered our way around until we found it. After all that traveling we were all exhausted. We had a great hotel with a breakfast buffet every morning, comfortable beds, and a big shower (Which spoiled us since our showers in Barcelona are tiny!)  Thursday after a nap, we traveled back into Paris to see the Eiffel  Tower and figure out the metro so we know what trains to ride for the weekend. Pulling into our platform from the metro we could see the Eiffel Tower from far away and immediately the exhausting day got better! It was amazing to actually see the Eiffel Tower, I couldn't believe it. Day Two in Paris: We woke up very early to eat breakfast before heading out to Paris for the day. We went straight to the Eiffel Tower to take some pictures then found The Big Bus Tour, which is a tour bus that took us all around Paris to all the great places to see. We bought a two day pass since we had a lot to see! We loved the bus because they had headphones and told you interesting facts about all the places we drove by. We rode the bus to The Louvre. We stood in line to get inside The Louvre for almost two hours. It was worth it because once we were inside we got in free with our student ID cards! I loved The Louvre! There was so much to see from sculptures to Michelangelo's apartment to the Mona Lisa.  The Mona Lisa was off in a corner of the museum by herself in a case. The actual painting was much smaller than I thought it would be. We had to shove through a huge crowd of people to get to the front to take a picture. It was totally worth it. The Louvre took up most of our day so we got back on the tour bus and rode it back to the Eiffel Tower to catch our train back to the hotel. Day Three was just as amazing. As soon as we got to Paris we went to the Eiffel Tower and stood in line to go to the top. This line seemed like it took forever but only took about two hours too. We rode in an elevator to the top and looked out over all of Paris, it was so beautiful. We then caught the tour bus for Notre Dame to take pictures. We did not want to go up in the towers because there are more than 300 steps and no elevators. We walked around the Latin Quarter and went in a few souvenir shops. I bought a french beret. :) Next we hopped back on the tour bus for the Arc de Triumph. There was a french flag hanging from the Arc and a ceremony going on, we could not figure out what for but it was cool to watch! By this time in the trip my allergies started to get bad and I wasn't feeling well. It was rainy the first day and we didn't realize how cold it would be in Paris. Now that I am back in Barcelona I hope that I start feeling better!

 The Eiffel Tower, a picture I took from on top of the bus tour.
 Posing in front of Notre Dame
 A view of the city from the Eiffel Tower
A selfie with the Mona Lisa. 

Now that I am back in Barcelona I am not looking forward to this five day school week coming up. I am hoping this week will go by fast because We are traveling to London the next weekend! Only 8 more school days and 10 more days until I am back in the states!