by Laura, Phoebe, Isabella, Ainara and Sumika

Our first week in Spain has been an adventure of its own. We've met so many new people and practiced our Spanish speaking skills. Even though it is on the other side of the world, there are many similarities between Orvalle and Tangara. However one of the things that has shocked us is the Cafeteria! It’s just like in the movies with the trays and tables! The school days are also much longer as they start at 9:30 am and go till 5pm. But luckily that’s only for 2 days a week. Every other day we attend the equivalent of Year 11 classes and finish at 3pm but the younger girls finish at 5pm everyday! We also have very different eating times. We have a big breakfast in the morning then the next time we eat is at 3pm for lunch, very late, and we have dinner at 10pm. They also have no bells at school, making it hard at times to keep track of the day.

In the school, there are so many little Spanish children that are adorable! We also met some of the Pavia family, an old family of Tangara; Elena, Teresa, Lourdes and Jimmy, who were delighted to see us in their old school uniforms.

The families have welcomed us very well and feel like our own families. And the food! Paella, croquettas, tortilla patata, bocadillo, jamon serrano, palmera de chocolate, churros and so much more Spanish dishes.
Walking around Madrid is a new experience and is very different from Sydney. The city is full of culture and history in every corner. There is so much to explore in the city and we will soon be visiting the Prado Museum and seeing more of the Spanish culture.
We look forward to Easter in Spain as each family goes to either the south or north of Madrid to celebrate with their families. We also look forward to spending the rest of the weeks with each other and our Spanish families.