McAuley students spend spring break abroad
May 23, 2013 12:56PM
Mother McAuley High School students Madalynn Wantuck, Mary Joan Evans, Margaret O’Brien, Leah Roethle and AnaMaria Esparza from Nina Lesch's Spanish class traveled to Park Guell in Barcelona during spring break. | Photo courtesy of Nina Lesch
Updated: June 27, 2013 6:02AM
Mother McAuley High School Spanish teacher Nina Lesch and seniors Mary Joan Evans and Leah Roethle, and juniors AnaMaria Esparza, Margaret O’Brien and Madalynn Wantuck traveled to Spain during spring break.
In 10 days, the group visited Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Burgus, Bilbao, Pamplona, San Sebastián and Barcelona, as well as Saint Jean de Luz, a town near the border in France.
The trip was open to all upper-level honors and advanced placement Spanish classes at McAuley.
The sites visited ranged from big cities to quaint towns, many of which the girls studied in Spanish as juniors.
On Good Friday, the girls watched a nighttime procession in Madrid, which was part of their celebrations for Semana Santa, or Holy Week. They spent Easter Sunday at Mass in San Nicolás, the oldest church in Madrid.
Some other highlights of their trip included watching pilgrims walking along the trail of Santiago de Compostela (or the Way of Saint James), which leads to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, where it is said the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried; following the path used during the annual and well-known running of the bulls in Pamplona; and visiting the Holy Family Church, or Sagrada Família, in Barcelona, which has been under construction since 1882 and is scheduled to be completed more than 10 years from now.