Our school organized an academic exchange with the SEK School in Budapest, Hungary. We arrived on Sunday night and the host families came to pick us up from the airport and take us to our houses, but even though we were really tired and hungry, we had a beautiful surprise when we saw that the families were waiting for us with beautiful posters giving us a warm welcome.
The next day after listening to some presentations in which the Hungarian students explained to us a little bit of their school and country, we went to visit Budapest, it is extremely beautiful. We went to the Buda castle, to some churches from the 17th century and to exchange some money. For lunch we had a typical meal made of pasta and meat, called Pörkölt, it was delicious. We also ate a flower ice cream that was homemade and really tasty.
The second day, we went to the Parliament and to St Stephen’s Basilica. The Budapest Parliament is one of the biggest in Europe and its architecture is old and beautiful. There was the crown of Mathias, one of the most significant kings of Hungary. St Stephen’s Basilica is huge and we went to the top of it, there we could see all Buda and Pest, The Danube River, The Citadel, Margaret Island, the eight bridges and a lot more.
We had goulash for lunch which is like a soup. Afterwards, we went to our houses and came back to the city centre with the families where we had dinner and waited until it was 9:00 pm so we could see how the Chain Bridge was illuminated.
We went to school with the sports uniform because we had to play a handball match in which we were divided into two groups of 10 people. After the break we participated in a quiz, made by one of the host students about the culture of both countries and the SEK institution. We played in pairs, one Hungarian and one Spanish, so we could help each other with the questions.
Afterwards, we got a train that took us to the highest place in Budapest, Kerület. Then we started climbing although it was quite hard because it was very hot and there were lots of pebbles. We walked for 15 minutes and we arrived to a tower where we took incredible photographs of all Budapest. The way down was different because we took a ski elevator which crossed the green forest and it had incredible views.
We had a free afternoon to spend with our host families, so we went to a mall where we met Adrian, Martina, Celia and their host families and we had dinner together in an Indian restaurant.
During our fourth day we went to Szentendre, a village near the Danube and full of history. We visited all the village with our Hungarian friend Victor who knew all the historical monuments. We had lunch sat on the bank of the river and we went back to Budapest. Then, they took us to see a small island that was in Budapest but in the middle of the river. The island was very similar to Central Park. We rented some vehicles to cycle around the island and we made a competition between the Spanish, the Hungarian and the teachers. Finally, after 30 minutes of race we won.
We finished the day by saying good bye to the Hungarian teachers and then we went to our houses.
After a water polo match at home with David, we all went to a party in Ruben’s house. David’s mom had prepared a cake and some muffins so we had dinner and made very good friends. It was an amazing day!
We had Friday off to spend with the families, so we decided to meet in the afternoon and go to ‘Aquaworld’, which is one of the biggest indoor water theme parks in Europe. It was fantastic as we could enjoy the giant water slides, wave and surf pools, it also had saunas and thermal baths, so as you can imagine it was a great day!
On Saturday morning after saying goodbye to all our host families we took our plane back to Spain. Our trip was finished, and we had spent such a good time. We recommend to all the students to have this experience if they have the chance.
Martina Ruffinatti , Pasqual Moya and Juan Moltó (3rd Year Secondary)