South Africa gets closer

  • 15/11/2018

This last summer a group of pupils from Retamar embarked on an adventure to Johannesburg, South Africa. These lucky students selected were: Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo, Joaquín García San Miguel, Diego Jiménez-Ugarte, Pedro Gefaell, Gonzalo de Miguel, Gonzalo Stein and me, Jaime Errandonea.

After a ten-hour flight we all arrived tired. Then, our host family picked each one of us up in the airport and took us home. One striking thing that caught my attention, was that only black people walked on the streets. The next day, we went to the South African school named St David’s Marist, Inanda. The school was enormous, mainly because it had plenty of fields for different sports such as rugby, hockey and soccer. The teachers were very pleasant and tried to teach us Afrikaans, one of the languages of the country. But our objective was to learn English. I was surprised at the amount of sport and the way they encouraged sport at the school. We all loved the war-cries in the rugby matches as it is a thing we do not do in Spain. The food was brilliant, and it was much better than I had expected.

During that month I was able to see what life was like in Joburg. I have visited the important sites of the city like Mandela´s house, the Apartheid Museum and we all went to Gold Reef City which was a really exciting theme park. I also went to the Kruger National Park on safari with my host family. We got to see the Big Five animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo. In my opinion, that is one of the main strengths of this country: the variety of animals it has.

I will never forget this wonderful experience. We learnt loads of things about South Africa.

Now, three months later it is the turn of the South African boys to visit Spain, especially Madrid. They are the boys with the striped jackets that you can see around the school. They are astonished that you can walk on the streets without anything happening to you and as it is a developed country they will learn some European culture and will enjoy the gastronomy which they are going to discover along the Way of St. James where they will be accompanying us.

In the photo, Jaime is pictured with his South African “brother”, Jacob Wallbeck.

Jaime Errandonea Aldea (Year 10)

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South Africa gets closer

This last summer a group of pupils from Retamar embarked on an adventure to Johannesburg, South Africa. These lucky students selected were: Íñigo Álvarez de Toledo, Joaquín García San Miguel, Diego Jiménez-Ugarte, Pedro Gefaell, Gonzalo de Miguel, Gonzalo Stein and me, Jaime Errandonea.

After a ten-hour flight we all arrived tired. Then, our host family picked each one of us up in the airport and took us home. One striking thing that caught my attention, was that only black people walked on the streets. The next day, we went to the South African school named St David’s Marist, Inanda. The school was enormous, mainly because it had plenty of fields for different sports such as rugby, hockey and soccer. The teachers were very pleasant and tried to teach us Afrikaans, one of the languages of the country. But our objective was to learn English. I was surprised at the amount of sport and the way they encouraged sport at the school. We all loved the war-cries in the rugby matches as it is a thing we do not do in Spain. The food was brilliant, and it was much better than I had expected.

During that month I was able to see what life was like in Joburg. I have visited the important sites of the city like Mandela´s house, the Apartheid Museum and we all went to Gold Reef City which was a really exciting theme park. I also went to the Kruger National Park on safari with my host family. We got to see the Big Five animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo. In my opinion, that is one of the main strengths of this country: the variety of animals it has.

I will never forget this wonderful experience. We learnt loads of things about South Africa.

Now, three months later it is the turn of the South African boys to visit Spain, especially Madrid. They are the boys with the striped jackets that you can see around the school. They are astonished that you can walk on the streets without anything happening to you and as it is a developed country they will learn some European culture and will enjoy the gastronomy which they are going to discover along the Way of St. James where they will be accompanying us.

In the photo, Jaime is pictured with his South African “brother”, Jacob Wallbeck.

Jaime Errandonea Aldea (Year 10)

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