TODOS LOS DÍAS

Spanish classes are off to a fantástico start!  At The Summit, students receive Spanish every single day…TODOS LOS DÍAS!   Some of the highlights so far have been students choosing their very own Spanish name to use throughout the school year and playing one of the all-time favorite Spanish games,  Mono Loco or Crazy Monkey.  Mono Loco is a game that gets students up and moving around the classroom, while they practice their Spanish-speaking skills with peers.  Adding physical movement to the classroom is a powerful tool when learning a second language.  We will utilize this method, called TPR (Total Physical Response) throughout the year.

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Study Abroad España Day Eleven – Headed Home

The Summit Prep’s 2019 Study Abroad Trip to España is officially complete! Check previous posts on The Summit’s Spanish Blog to read through our entire journey of España.

Day 11: Madrid

Written by Señora Leighninger, Summit Spanish Teacher, Expert Tapas Taster, and Carrier of the Hot Sauce

Oh, the places we have been!  What an amazing first Summit Study Abroad Trip, and certainly not the last. Our remarkable group of students, parents, faculty and staff has completed its journey around Spain, and are returning to Springfield with a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the Spanish culture. We each had a unique experience and are walking away with memories that we will always cherish. Here are some of our favorites:

Favorite City:

  • Ms. Amy: Granada y Madrid
  • Mrs. Smith: Granada y Gibraltar
  • Señora Leighninger: Granada
  • Evan: Valencia y Costa del Sol
  • Calla: Valencia y Madrid
  • Maren: Gibraltar
  • Will: Madrid, Granada, y Gibraltar
  • Levi: Valencia

Favorite Foods:

  • Ms. Amy: churros, café con leche, gelato, jamon, goat cheese salad
  • Mrs. Smith: churros con chocolate, café con leche, pimientos padrones
  • Señora Leighninger: pimientos padrones, risotto, churros
  • Evan: spicy prawns w/ spaghetti and red sauce, risotto
  • Calla: chocolate croissants
  • Maren: chicken paella
  • Will: gelato
  • Levi: mango gelato, strawberry daquiri

Favorite Moments:

  • Ms. Amy: standing in the middle of geographical Spain, climbing to the top of the bell tower in Valencia
  • Mrs. Smith: shopping in the Moroccan market, seeing North Africa, and bonding with a tailless ape
  • Señora Leighninger: watching our amazing Summit students use their Spanish skills to talk to the locals, surprise massage on the beach in Costa del Sol
  • Evan: going through the world’s largest cathedral in Sevilla
  • Calla: Scavenger hunt in Granada, even though we lost
  • Maren: getting gelato together as a group and ordering in Spanish
  • Will: Tapas and Tunes on the last night
  • Levi: seeing the pool of water underneath the Palace of the Arts in Valencia

Final Statistics:

  • Total Steps Walked: 147,284
  • Total Miles Walked: 62.2
  • Cities Visited: 9
  • Hours on the bus: 40
  • Amazing Tour Director: 1, his name was Jorg (York), and we will never forget him!

Stay tuned to hear about our next study abroad trip.  More details coming this fall.

**España had interesting internet connections. Check The Summit’s Facebook Page or Instagram Page for more pictures!

Study Abroad España Day Ten – Madrid

The Summit Prep’s 2019 Study Abroad Trip to España is almost over! Check back in and follow us on our adventures as we travel from Barcelona to Madrid in 11 days!

Day 10: Madrid

Written by Will Beall, Summit 6th Grader and a person who loved his trip to Spain

Well, it’s me again. It has been nine, ten days… I’ve lost count. But wrapping up the trip, this experience has been amazing. Well, I’m getting side tracked. We’ll talk about that later, but let’s talk about today.

It started off with a good breakfast consisting of coffee, fruit, juice, croissants, and much more. After breakfast we got on a bus to start our city tour. First we went to a bullfighting arena where we only got to see the outside, but it was still pretty cool.

Next, we drove to the palace where the King and Queen of Spain occasionally go to but don’t live there. While we were there we went to the armory room where we saw all sorts of armor including human, horse, and even dog armor.

Once we left the palace we walked through old Madrid and the market. Soon we went to lunch where we had chicken paella. Lunch was good and then we walked to an art museum (The Prado) where we saw some creepy stuff that I would like to not mention. We had free time until 7:15 p.m. where 30 of us went to dinner and had tapas and listened to live music. I got a CD of the musician’s music, and I got a photo with them. Once full with tapas and the musicians had left, we met up with everyone who didn’t go to Tapas and Tunes, and we went on the metro to the hotel.

At the hotel, I started writing this blog when Ms. Amy, Calla, and I went to get gelato. We walked through the park and over the river to get to the gelato place. Calla and I ordered in Spanish so that was fun. I got nutella, Calla got chocolate, and Ms. Amy got Leche Mangalada. Then we headed back to the hotel where I am finishing this blog.

Overall today was a great addition to our trip to Spain, and I will remember the times I had here and hopefully come here again and go on other study abroad trips.

-Will Out

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**Pictures will be added when we have a better wifi connection, probably when we’re back in the States. Check Facebook for lots of photos.

Study Abroad España Day Nine – Cordoba and Madrid

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Day 9: Córdoba y Madrid

Written by Julie Freeman, Summit Parent-but really a kid at heart (and also our Chaperone Physician)

Today started early so we could make a stop in the very historic city of Cordoba. It had a Mosque-Cathedral that dates back to the 8th century.  It was first constructed by the Muslims, and then the town was overtaken by the Christian community so a portion of the mosque was destroyed and a more modernized Cathedral area was built with a Christian altar. It was incredible to see the two styles of architecture come together. We also toured an area of the town called the Flower Street which was gorgeous. I should mention that our tour guide Lola was the most delightful person and kept the kids completely engaged. We then hit the streets of Cordoba after our tour guide Jorge treated us all to gelato (which some of the group felt was the best so far in Spain!!).  We enjoyed shopping and a cool place to sit for some, as it was a very hot day.

We then traveled by bus to Madrid with a very cool, quaint stop at a village that had a delightful cafe with good pastries and clean bathrooms. After arriving at the hotel in Madrid we freshened up and went to dinner. Again somewhat mediocre, but feeding 55 people a meal at one time must be a challenge and the staff was so friendly. A few members of our group were not enthused with the meal, so luckily a Dominos was right across the street.  Yes, occasionally a “home-cooked” meal is in order.

I have to say that as a parent of a Summit student I feel fortunate to have opportunities like this for my son. I have also very much enjoyed getting to know the people we have traveled with at a much more personal level.  Señoras Leighninger, Maas, and Smith are outstanding, and we are so blessed to have staff at our school of this caliber.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JOINING THE NEXT TOUR THE SUMMIT DECIDES ON.  

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**Pictures will be added when we have a better wifi connection… probably when we’re back in America. Having some uploading issues in Madrid. Check Facebook for lots of photos.

Study Abroad España Day Eight – Sevilla

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Day 8: Sevilla

Escrito por Evan Mason, Summit Senior y vencedor de las almohadas

Nosotros salimos de Costa Del Sol esta mañana y primero, fuimos a la Plaza de España. La Plaza de España es un grupo de edificios hermosos (y una fuente) donde personas trabajan para el gobierno de Andalucía. Después, nosotros viajamos en el autobús hasta Sevilla (el capital de Andalucía). En Sevilla, vimos Alcázar, la esquina Judío, y la catedral más grande de todo el mundo. En la catedral, había órganos, murales, esculturas, y los restos de Cristóbal Colón. Nosotros esperamos dormir bien esta noche porque salimos por Madrid en la mañana.

**More pictures will be added when we have a better wifi connection… still working on that. Check Facebook for lots of photos.

Study Abroad España Day Seven – Gibraltar y Costa Del Sol

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Day 7: Gibraltar y Costa Del Sol

Written by Maren Beall, Summit 8th Grader and Jellyfish Expert

Today we went to another place in Spain called Gibraltar. It’s actually controlled by the British and basically a part of England (Yay. Another country visited.). We still had to go through customs (the Spanish word is “aduana.”). All we did was show the officer our passports. Good thing we didn’t have to put our bags in a giant block that sees through stuff.

We saw animals such as the apes. The apes were really cool to see. It was very similar to a nature reserve because the staff members take care of them. The tunnels we got to go into were a military refuge and they still host military training there. I was told that there is some paranormal stuff that happens. If you look up into the rocky ceiling long enough, you might see the dead soldiers’ faces engraved and sometimes the mannequins representing real people even move. Whooo! Spooky.

Once we got back from Gibraltar we went to the beach to see the Mediterranean Sea. There are animals that live there, but we didn’t see any. Jellyfish and siphonophores live there. The Portuguese Man o’ War is a type of siphonophores. You don’t want to mess with them. Those animals can leave nasty stings on you. The water was cold at first, but it warmed up a bit. (Not really; it just stayed cool.) It was a fun day in Gibraltar and Costa del Sol (English translation is “Coast of the Sun”).

** More pictures will be added when we have a better wifi connection… still working on that. Check Facebook for lots of photos.

Study Abroad España Day Six – Granada, Mijas, & Costa Del Sol

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Day 6: Granada to Costa Del Sol

Written by Calla Yearta-Sothern, Summit Sophomore and Gelato AdventurerThe morning of day seis began with a “City Challenge” scavenger hunt for students. While the chaperones explored the lovely Arabic markets of Granada, us kids hit the streets. We hurried to take pictures in front of 6 important Granadian landmarks, including the Corral del Carbón and Plaza Isabel la Católica, answering trivia questions along the way. Unfortunately, despite the research performed by the highly competitive high school students, the adventure resulted in a devastating loss for The Summit to Group Chicago. We learned a lot about the streets and history of Granada, and have some really cool pictures to show for it. But, unfortunately, we did not experience the unparalleled thrill of victorship.

After the scavenger hunt, we headed to La Alhambra, a small (but very impressive) city within Grenada. It was constructed by the Moors in 1238, housing them until Spain was reconquered by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. The entire city was beautiful, but the palace, even without the furniture it once held, was absolutely dazzling. I found the Islamic architecture fascinating. At one point in the tour, we were able to see where the Sultan’s throne once sat. This was also the room where Queen Isabella gave Christopher Columbus funding to explore the New World.

On the way to our next destination, Costa del Sol, our super cool tour guide took us on a mini-trip to Mijas. Mijas is a little town, with a breathtaking view of both the Andalusian mountains and the Mediterranean sea. After our beautiful detour, we arrived at Costa del Sol. As my buddy and fellow bread connoisseur, Levi, wrote, EF dinners are “notoriously mediocre”. However, tonight we were pleasantly surprised! Everything, from the chicken to the bread to the cake was very tasty, especially by comparison to our other EF meals. We ended the night with some delightful gelato at a shop near our hotel. I’ve got to say, I have had a whole lot of gelato this trip, and I think this was the best so far. I am so excited for another day in Costa del Sol tomorrow!

**More pictures will be added when we have a better wifi connection… still working on that. Check Facebook for lots of photos.

 

Study Abroad España Day Five – Granada

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Day 5: Granada – The Summit Also Rises

Written by a special guest Ghost Writer and also Ernest Hemmingway

“Going to another country doesn’t make any difference, I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.”

Moving day dawned bright and sunny as The Summit prepped for the 7 hour ride to Granada.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” I thought to myself as I crammed my American sized body next to Señora Leighninger on the European sized bus planning to read away the kilometers.

“We drove out along the coast road. There was the green of the headlands, the white, red-roofed villas, patches of forest, and the ocean very blue with the tide out and the water curling far out along the beach.”

We passed through villages as we headed inland towards the mountains. Our tour leader Jörg pointed out a large bull sculpture, the national symbol of Spain, off in the distance.

“Have you ever been to a bullfight?” Señora Leighninger asked me.

“No” I replied.

“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”

“But the bulls are my friends.” I countered

We rode on in silence for a time occasionally nodding off, stopping for lunch at a Spanish truck stop.

“Where is the hot dog roller?” I heard one disgruntled kid ask, apparently too good for gas station seafood paella (or not wanting the inevitable stomach ache).

“They don’t have one” I said in response, earning me a dirty look. “Don’t ask me a lot of questions if you don’t like the answer”.

At 5 we arrived in Granada. A beautiful mountain town surrounded by snow capped mountains. We did a tour of the town seeing the square and the Cathedral.

“When was all of this built?” Señora asked me.

“I don’t know. There isn’t always an explanation for everything.” I answered.

“There is for this”

“I know you’re right. I’m just low, and when I’m low I talk like a fool.”

Before dinner we passed through an old and narrow silk market turned tourist trap. “The road to h**l is paved with unbought stuffed animals” I thought as I purchased one more for Hudson.

Shopping done, we went to a free dinner!

Anne Mason noted that nothing on this trip is free. We just prepaid. “Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it”.

Dinner was good, if forgettable, pork chops, baked potato and a salad.

After dinner we checked into the hotel to reflect on our day.

“Here’s the beautiful lady” I said, sitting down next to Señora as she sat with the others, reflecting on our day’s journey.

“Tomorrow will be even better” Senora said, enjoying the cool of the evening.

“Yes”, I said, “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

**pictures will be added when we have a better wifi connection… still working on that. Check Facebook for lots of photos.

Chaperone note: Do you get it? This post was inspired (and quoted) from Earnest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.

Study Abroad España Day Four – Valéncia

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Day 4: Valéncia

Written by Evan Mason, Summit Senior and discount Spanish translator.

Embarking on our first lengthy trip since the plane, we set out for Valencia this morning on a five hour bus ride. Any preconceived notions we had about Valencia being a smaller, rural town were quickly set straight as we were greeted with expansive modern architecture covered with mosaic patterns and large glass windows. The infrastructure definitely gave Barcelona a run for its money, without nearly as much congestion in the streets and walkways. Once we began walking through the city we saw sky blue pools of water with people paddle boarding in front of the opera house; a cathedral with elaborately carved stone structures and a tower taking over 300 steps to reach; and the plaza with fountains, more beautiful buildings, and, of course, gelato. Despite the limited amount of time, our day in Valencia was certainly well spent.

 

Bonus Haiku composed by Brad Leighninger

Valencia sun

Bus ride down the coast so nice

Watch out for the birds

**pictures will be added when we have a better wifi connection… still working on that. Check Facebook for lots of photos.

Study Abroad España Day Three – Official Tour of Barcelona

The Summit Prep’s 2019 Study Abroad Trip to España is officially  underway! Check back in and follow us on our adventures as we travel from Barcelona to Madrid in 11 days! We’ll do our best to post every day, with the intent being our students traveling will be creating the blog posts. But due to international internet connections and other traveling surprises, we may have to post several days at the same time!

**pictures will be added when we have a better wifi connection… still working on that. Check Facebook for lots of photos.

Day 3: Official Tour of Barcelona

Written by Levi Freeman, Summit Sixth Grader and bread connoisseur.

After breakfast at our hotel, we took a bus to Barcelona and enjoyed a walking tour of its gothic district. It was interesting to see how they integrated ancient buildings into modern architecture. We saw colossal columns and cathedrals, and ended up in a plaza in the political district. There’s political unrest as Spain’s high court jailed five Catalan politicians for their involvement in their region’s independence.

After that tour, we had lunch at a tapas restaurant. There was an amazing cathedral (Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar) in the plaza where the restaurant was located. Then we went to Park Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudí. Unfortunately, he died before the park’s completion, after being hit by a train and dying in a hospital in 1926. Then we visited La Sagrada Familia, a cathedral also designed by Gaudí that is still in construction (set to be completed in 2026, 100 years after Gaudí’s death).

Then some of our group went with the larger group to dinner and to watch a flamenco show. Okay, so, EF tour dinners are notoriously mediocre so the group that wasn’t going to the flamenco show got to have their own dinner. After the flamenco show, the group that had their own dinner was late to the bus, and we almost lost most of the Freemans! We took a bus back to the hotel, and prepared for the next day.

Chaperone note: This is confirming, we still do have all our Summit travelers` accounted for and present! Never fear! It’s been a great trip so far!