Day 1-Valencia Here We Come

July 1st, 2018

My name is Evie Carter, the Irish group leader for this year’s CSS Valencia programme. I’m a university student studying Business and Spanish in Trinity College Dublin.  I did the CSS Valencia programme 2 years ago when it first began and I have wanted to return to Valencia ever since – and here I am! Throughout the next three weeks I will be keeping this blog to keep you all inf...

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Day 2-City Tour

July 2nd, 2018

Monday was our first full day in Valencia and it began with an early start. The host families accompanied the students to the language academy on the first day, showing them the way.  As it was the first day of Spanish classes, the students had to be up extra early so they could sit an introductory exam that would split them into classes matching their levels of Spanish. The classes began at 9:00 ...

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Day 3-Escape Room

July 3rd, 2018

Everyone seems to be getting more and more used to the city and settling in well with their Spanish families – a lot of the families would have children as well of similar ages. After the morning classes, the students have an extra class on Tuesdays and Thursdays which has a particular emphasis on oral work for the Junior and Leaving certificates. Ana is their teacher for this class – ...

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Day 4-Paddle Surf

July 4th, 2018

After classes today we had a really fun activity of going paddle surfing outside of the city to a little village called Pobla de Farnals. Alba took us out on the bus to get there. The surfing was in a surf school called Aussie Surf School and we were taught by Rubén, one of the teachers. I remember Rubén from 2 years ago when I did the course as a student with CSS and so it was great to see him ag...

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Day 5-Vóleibol

July 5th, 2018

Today is Thursday. It’s the fourth day of class and the guys really seem to be enjoying these and learning a lot of Spanish. They are in groups with students from around the world and so they also have the opportunity to make new international friends through Spanish. They then have their second class focused on exam oral work with Ana. This class is very enjoyable for the students as Ana ma...

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Day 6-Bioparc

July 6th, 2018

After the final set of classes for the week, we had the option of taking part in this afternoon’s activities – as part of the adolescent programme, we have 6 days of activities planned for us – Fridays also have an activity but this is optional – if it’s been a busy week,  maybe you just need a day off before the full day excursions of the weekend begin. But when we k...

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Day 7-Cycle Through the Old Riverbed

July 7th, 2018

After a busy week of classes and activities, we were given a lie in. We didn’t have to meet until 11 am and we got that extra few hours sleep we all needed. We met up with Francesca, the activities coordinator, before getting on the tram to the bike rental shop. When we were all given our bikes we headed for the riverbed. El Río Turia is a very famous river in Valencia, known for its floods....

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Day 8-Peñiscola

July 8th, 2018

Today’s Sunday, so an extra few hours sleep 😊. We all met up at 10:45 am and headed for a coastal town outside of Valencia called Peñiscola. The bus journey took about 2 hours but we all chatted the whole way so the time flew by. Peñiscola is a very beautiful town with so much to see and do! There is a huge castle and miles and miles of beach. We were given the opportunity to do whatever we ...

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Day 9-Paella & Yincana

July 9th, 2018

After the classes this morning, our activities started straight away at 1 pm. We were taken to a local restaurant where we were each given a plate of traditional Valencian paella. It was a new experience for Abby as she had never tried paella before. She tried some of Daisy’s and agreed it was very tasty. We were all stuffed and had about an hour to relax before the second part of the day...

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Day 10-Sailing in Port Saplaya

July 10th, 2018

After the regular classes this morning, the students had the extra class with Ana focusing on oral work. They went through their daily routine and some great phrases that will be very handy for the Junior and Leaving Certificate orals. The activity today was sailing and paddle surfing in a place called Port Saplaya. Port Saplaya is a town outside of Valencia which is also known as Little Venice as...

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Day 11-Shopping & Bowling

July 11th, 2018

Everyone’s Spanish is improving a lot in the classes with lots of new vocabulary. Ulan and Abby featured in a short video of them practising their oral Spanish in class. We had three hours before the bowling started to do whatever we wanted. Daniel went home to his host family for some lunch and to take a quick siesta. The others went to a local shopping centre where Abby got her nails done ...

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Day 12-Surfing

July 12th, 2018

Today after the oral class with Ana, we went on the bus back to La Pobla de Farnals where we did the paddle surfing last week. David’s parents are over to see Valencia for a few days so he decided to go and spend time with them instead of the surfing. When we arrived at the surfing we had a new instructor this week – Juan – and instead of paddle surfing, he was teaching us how to...

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Day 13-Catamaran

July 13th, 2018

Another week of classes finished! Time is flying by here in Valencia. After classes today we had 4 hours to do as we pleased. As my parents were over, I decided to spend this time with them and showed them around the city. We got some tapas before I headed back to the meeting point for today’s activities. We went to the port and all boarded onto a catamaran. We got to sit on the nets with th...

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Day 14-Oceanogràfic & La Ciudad de Los Artes y Las Ciencias

July 14th, 2018

It’s hard to believe it’s the second weekend already 😮 😱 . Oceanografic and La Ciudad de Los Artes y Los Ciencias are definitely some of the most futuristic buildings I’ve ever seen and I’m still amazed by them 2 years later. As I had been to both of them before when I did the course I decided I would spend this day with my parents to do a bit of shopping and relaxing. I al...

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Day 15-Montanejos

July 15th, 2018

Above all days, today was the day I was most looking forward to. We met up at 10 am to go to a place outside the city, up in the mountains, called Montanejos – a town with amazing hot springs. After about an hour and a half on windy roads we went right up to the top of a mountain. We got off the bus and began a hike down to the swimming areas. The hike took about 2 hours but it was very toug...

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Day 16-Barranquismo

July 16th, 2018

After today’s classes there was no time to waste, we got straight on the bus and headed 2 hours outside the city to the río Cabriel. We headed there to do canyoning -something I had never done before, but Daisy had, and told us all how fun it was. We were really looking forward to it as we could see from last year it seemed to be the top activity of the three weeks. We were all provided with...

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Day 17-Waterpark

July 17th, 2018

It’s so hard to believe that we’re well into our third week here in Spain. It’ll be no time before we´re returning back home to Ireland 😢 Today after classes, we went to a local waterpark, Benicalap. We got on the tram and it was just a few stops away. When we got there, as usual, Daisy jumped straight in to get out of the heat. Luckily, today, we had the action camera with us so...

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Day 18-Urban Art Yincana

July 18th, 2018

Today we had a nice long gap between classes and activites. We had four hours to relax or do whatever we wanted around the city. I decided to head home for a siesta and for some lunch while the others went into the city to get some lunch and to do a bit of shopping before heading back to Ireland on Sunday. At 5 pm we all met back up for the activity, which was an Urban Art yincana.  Before we left...

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Day 19-Tarde de Voléibol

July 19th, 2018

Today the guys had the 6th and final oral class with Ana and after this they had their interviews with Alba, Liam and Ana about their time here in Valencia. They all discussed their favourite parts of the three weeks and their favourite places they went to. They were split up into different interviewing groups and answered all of Ana´s questions. I remember when I did my interview 2 years ago we h...

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Day 20-Graduation Day

July 20th, 2018

Final day of classes over and out! All the hard work has finally paid off and everyone graduated and got their certificates for their respective levels. Although the guys are happy to be graduating, it also means saying goodbye to many of the friends they’ve made over the three weeks 🙁 At least we still have 2 days of activities together! Today’s activity was surfing on another part of...

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Day 21-Calpe

July 21st, 2018

The final day of activities and fun in Valencia. Today we went to a coastal town south of Valencia called Calpe. It’s famous for its beaches and when we got their it was packed full of people! Daisy and I decided to head straight there and to rent deck chairs for the day as we knew we wanted to sunbathe. The rest went and got pizza and relaxed in the shade for a few hours-the rain in Ireland...

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Day 22-Home Sweet Home

July 22nd, 2018

The day has finally arrived for us to say our goodbyes to Valencia, and what an unbelievable few weeks it has been! I don’t think anyone really wanted the experience to end 🙁 Myself, Daniel and Aoibhín took the metro to the airport while the others were brought by their host families. It was an emotional goodbye as we had all really bonded with our families over the three weeks. Once we chec...

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