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CLASS 5A IS BACK FROM BARCELONA

CLASS VA IS BACK FROM BARCELONA
THEIR COMMENTS ON THE FINAL SCHOOLTRIP…

MORE ON COMING ISSUE NO.7-2008

BY NICOLA RIZZATO AND OTHERS

FLIGHT
We flew Clickair, unfortunately  atmospheric pressure inside aircraft made me no good (Giorgia Signoretto)
In about an hour and a half we touched the Spanish ground

HOTEL
“Husa Tres Torre”, our hotel was located in a peaceful area. The most beautiful thing in that hotel was the lounge: a perfect place where to relax with your friends, in the morning after the breakfast but also in the evening after dinner. (Michele Perissinotto)

SCIENCE
Museu CosmoCaixa is a science museum dedicated to the universe and the laws that regulate it. . A spiral-shaped glass ramp, reminding of  DNA structure, allowed us to reach the 5 different stairs. I really enjoyed the area dedicated to physics,  there were a lot of interesting experiments relating to mechanics, optics, electro-magnetism and waves. We observed electrons and cosmic rays through the revelator (very similar to the one we couldn’t see in Arcetri on our 4th year schooltrip. Laura Nao
We saw  a simulation of the Amazon Rainforest, the Geological Wall, a Planetarium and a section dedicated to Physics. It was so interesting because we were invited to interact with many of the scientific experiments.
That was not the typical museum where you are passive and the only thing you can do is to look at things behind a glass showcase. This time, I could PRESS BUTTONS…A button has a secret, what will happen if I press it??? I am always curious and I want to know what is going to happen if I do (and, of course, sometimes there is the irrational thrill of transgression). The magic buttons of Cosmocaixa started experiments… For example, you could create a little hurricane and if you wanted you could also put your hands into it (Marta Bonaldi)

There was also machinery centred on   “Brownian Motion” and analysis of the “Gaussian curve”.(Ivan Esposito)

SIGHTSEEING
Sagrada Familia, a work in progress…
The cathedral was originally designed by Antoni Gaudì, who worked on his project until his death. The construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. Its most impressive feature aspect is its spindle-shaped towers. There are a total of eighteen tall towers representing the twelve apostles, the four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. The Evangelists’ tower will be surmounted by sculptures of their traditional symbols, the central tower of Jesus Christ is to be surmounted by a giant cross and lower towers are surmounted by bunches of grapes, representing the Eucharist. The Church will have three facades: the Nativity, the Glory and the Passion. The church plan is a Latin cross with five aisles.
–    Parc Guell, designed by Antoni Gaudì, is a garden with architectural elements. The site was a rocky hill with little vegetation and few trees. The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. For the decoration of this park he has used multicoloured ceramic or some piece of glass.
–     Museu Picasso has one of the most extensive collections of artworks by Pablo      Picasso, but his more famous works are situated in Madrid.
–     Fundació Joan Miró, is a museum of modern art honouring Joan Miró and located on Montjuïc in Barcelona. (Gloria Busatto)

The fifth day we visited Gaudì’s works: Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and casa Batlò. We enter  Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera. (Davide Casalin)

I think Gaudì was a genius and I loved his style, his unique style. His designs are original even now and they are irregular and fantastically intricate. (Ivan Esposito)

DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE YESTERDAY…
A significant edifice, which struck my imagination, was Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion designed for the International Expo in 1929; the building is considered one of the masterpieces of rationalist architecture. The main features are the synthesis of the structural elements to basic planes, the use of exquisite, smooth materials, such as marble, glass and steel, and the great space continuity between inside and outside, due to the absence of doors and to the disposition of the walls.(Giacomo Orlandini)

…AND NOW
the newest part of the city was built for the 1992’s Olympics. The district, called “Barceloneta”,is located near the sea. It hosts a lot of modern skyscrapers like Torre Agbar; completed in July 2005, it is known as is the newest sensation in the Barcelona skyline.(Alessandro Blascovich)

…Torre Agbar, a very high building that we decided to rename ‘the cucumber’ for its peculiar shape (Laura Nao )

TRANSPORTATION

We had really a lovely time in Barcelona visiting  the city, learning how to move in a big and chaotic city: we studied the underground itinerary ourselves day by day. We picked up and a bit of Spanish too. The only inconvenience with our underground cumulative tickets wa that sometimes they were not validated by the machines.

CUISINE
We could also taste culinary specialities called tapas, the Spanish correspondent for Venetian cicchetti.(Valeria Gallana )

Taste tortilla de patatas, an omelette with potatoes or Paella,  a traditional dish of Spain. There are two most popular types of Paella:  Valencian paella and seafood paella. Valenciana consists of white rice, vegetables, meat, beans and saffron. Seafood paella replaces meat with seafood

DULCIS IN FUNDO
Crema catalama is a delicious  crème caramel dessert typically from Catalonia consisting of a custard base with a crisp caramelized sugar at the top. (Gloria Busatto )

THE WEATHER
The climate was perfect, maybe just a little too warm, the temperature in Barcelona was like September temperature in Venice, and during the afternoon was it  was impossible to walk around wearing with something more than a t-shirt. In the evening it was a little colder, but you felt well anyway (Rudy Fratter)

THE ATMOSPHERE
The thing I loved most of our trip was the typical Spanish atmosphere: Catalan people are friendly and welcoming, very open and always cheerful and optimistic. (Irene Speltra )
Moving on foot is not always a pleasing experience: people are always in a
hurry, and you can be carelessly pushed more frequently than in Italy.(Giacomo Orlandini)

THE LANGUAGE

Unfortunately they don’t speak English but the language wasn’t a problem. We could just speak Italian (sometimes adding an “s” at the end of the word), and we made ourselves understood (Irene Speltra )
We picked up and a bit of Spanish too. (Valeria Gallana)

GOOD-BYE, BARCELONA! DAY 6

Wild shopping in la rambla and stop at the Hard rock cafè in the city center (Laura Nao )

The last day we were free to go anywhere, I went to the real Barceloneta and I visited the lanes of Barceloneta and then I went to university of Barcelona and to Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona because the  «Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona» was closed (Davide Casalin ).