ACT students traveled to Spain over April break. The adventure began in Barcelona where students visited famous landmarks like Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia, which has been under construction since 1882. They wandered down Las Ramblas, a street filled with markets, shops and restaurants, until they reached the Mediterranean Sea. They then journeyed to a 9th-century monastery in Montserrat where the famed Black Virgin Mary of Montserrat is housed. Students also visited the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragosa, and the medieval town of Toledo, which is famous for its metalwork and swords. In Madrid, students were able to explore the Puerta del Sol, the main plaza of the city, and learn flamenco dancing. The week was filled with amazing food and experiences that will be remembered by all!
“Traveling has given me a different viewpoint of how things are throughout the world, from seeing different currencies, food and people, and seeing how their society works versus the one that I am familiar with has made me a better, well-rounded person," said senior Theresse Weigand-Watkinson. "I’m extremely lucky to have been able to travel, and it has let me see and understand people better. It has made me appreciate diversity and culture more than I already did. Traveling has made me push myself to try and experience new things.”
This is the sixth year that ACT has offered an international excursion led by English teacher, Stacy Vocasek. In 2019, students from both ACT and QMC will travel to England and France, and plans are in the works for a 2020 trip as well.