The first week in El Escorial was my favourite week because that's when we met all the campers and went out into the town of Escorial. There were many campers mostly from Madrid and other parts of Spain but there were also people from China, Poland, Germany, England, and Scotland. Everyone was so great to be around, we would share things about our culture and language, we would even make joke with each other. Going into El Escorial was amazing, there was so much life and people in this town and they were so friendly with everyone even if you couldn't speak their language, I remember walking in town and there was a group of older men sitting down together laughing and talking, they must have been friends for years, as we walk past them they called out to us and started talking to us and asking us questions, I had no idea what they were asking because they were speaking Spanish extremely fast but the way they talked to us was like they were talking without their grandkids, making jokes and having light comfortable conversation.
The next week was when we really started going to class. Brayden, Stan, and me went to Spanish class with Toby who was from Hong Kong and Veronika and Julia who were from Poland. Our teacher was senora Alumdena, she was such a nice and patient teacher with us. We would sing Veo Veo, play soccer in the hallway, and write in our journals. After Spanish class we had a break, then went to magic class and fencing class. Fencing class was my favourite class because we we're fighting each other and had battles. One of our teachers was one of Spain's top fencers! Later on the week we went to parks and candy shops but then we got to go to a water park! There were so many slides and I'm pretty sure that I went on every single one except the one that just drops straight down, that is not my type of slide, I prefer the wave pool. Later that day we would go back and eat dinner around 9 pm then play a game at night then go to bed around 11 pm.
The third week was so amazing but terribly sad. That week we went to the zoo, theme park, and zip lining but it was also the week when some people had to go home. The zoo and theme park were really cool, we went into a walking dead horror house and saw pandas at the zoo! But the zip lining had to take the cake, you were doing all the zip lining by yourself and it was just zip lining we were doing obstacles 30 feet in the air. When looking up at everything your like that isn't to hard but when you're climbing rope and rock walls it isn't so easy anymore. There was one obstacle that you had to jump from one plant form to the other, when I was getting across my friend Pablo thought it would be so funny to swing my line back and forth while I'm trying to jump across. On Sunday we went to mass which was really cool because its like your walking back in time where there were ancient kings and queens because there art work inside was beautiful. After mass I got the chance to spend the rest of the day with my friend Bea, we went to her house and had dinner with her family. I got to try real Spanish food and see the life of Spain outside of Escorial.
When it was time to head back to America, I only slept 4 hours that night because the girls in my room and I were crying because we didn't want to leave each other and we wanted to spend as much time together as possible. I will never forget our time in Spain.