The following day, students explored more of what Madrid had to offer. Tour guides provided historical and cultural information about Spain's past and what a typical life looks like from day to day in Madrid.
"The biggest difference in Spain from life in the US was the food," WHS senior Justin Andre said.
"I think we experienced and saw many cool things on the trip, but really my favorite part was the encounters and social interactions we all had in the trip," Sturges said. "It was great to meet, converse and spend time traveling with others, both Spaniards and Americans."
"It was great to meet, converse and spend time traveling with others, both Spaniards and Americans," Sturges said.
During the week, students also visited the town of Toledo. Within Toledo, students participated in a guided bus and walking tour including places like Cristo de la Luz Mosque and the Toledo Cathedral.
"I will remember the difference between vibes in Madrid versus Barcelona because they are both relatively close to each other, but Barcelona had much more of a Mediterranean or beach feel, where Madrid was mostly city and architecture," freshman Juliana Cerullo said.
In the later half of the week, students explored Park Güell, an ancient town filled with gardens and artistic homes. Artist Antoni Gaudí began construction on the town in the early 1900's, and now the area is open to visitors year round.