Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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We arrived on Friday afternoon afer a 4hr bus ride. Some of the Spaniards were on the bus, but most has driven there cars up themselves, probably in case they needed to escape! The facility is gorgeous, it is a rustic 18th century village that was abandoned but has been restored. The main building has the bar, dining room on 3 levels, and the reception desk. It is surrounded by villas, or "houses" as we are calling them
The program goes like this: 9-10am breakfast. from 10-2 you have 4-1hr one-to-ones. This is an hour spent with a Spaniard, talking about whatever you like! You can go for a walk, lie in the sun, play a game, as long as you are talking. Then at 2pm is lunch, then free time until 5pm. Some people go for a siesta, but many just end up sitting on the lawn and chatting. 5-6 is a group activity, then 6-8 are 2 more one-on-ones. 8-9 is improv presentations, over the course of the week each group has to present a 20 minute skit. Then 9pm is dinner, if all the anglos havenīt dropped dead of starvation! Most people in Spain seem to eat dinner around 10pm, which is pretty late compared to what we are used to.
There are 19 Spaniards, 9 of whom work for a company called Vodafone. Most live in Madrid, but some are from Barcelona, Pamploma, Bilboa etc. There are 20 Anglos I think, of which 6 are from Calgary! Crazy. There is another Canadian, a few Americans, 2 Australians, a couple Brits and an Irish gal. Quite a mix, I didnīt expect to see so many Canadians, but apparently there was an article in the Herald about it.
The funniest thing is we are totally remote, no shops, no restaurants, and no cell phone coverage!! Considering half the group works for a telecom company it is driving some of them crazy already not being able to call home or work. Apparently if you go up the hill you can get reception, which is straight out of a commercial. Most seem to be coping well, but we will see how the week goes...