by Elena Silva
2011 was an exciting year because Spartans went to Europe and China for spring break.
The Europe trip, which was chaperoned by Mr. Gonzalez, went to visit, Rome, Florence, and Paris.
The China group, chaperoned by Mr. Griepenstroh and Mrs., Hernandez-Robinson and accompanied by Ms Fuller, and Mrs. Nieuwlandt, visited Hui’an, Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.
This trip, being Mr. Gonzales’ fifth time traveling to Europe with a group made up of Spartans, got to visit places such as the Coliseum, the Duomo, the Eiffel Tower, the Roman Forum, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre as well as other places.
The China groups first stop in China was at Hui’an to visit their sister school.
“My favorite part of the trip was interacting with the other students from the school,” said sophomore Lindsey Bull. “It was amazing how much they wanted to see us and talk with us and how nice they were and curious as well.”
Students got to interact with the fellow Chinese students and build friendships. At the sister school, Spartans got to tour the campus and visit classrooms that they were familiar with as well as have a whole day to get to know their Chinese buddy better on a boat trip.
Famous sights that the china trip group got to see include the Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, and the Terracotta Warriors.
“It’s a lot of responsibility, but it’s exciting to see things that I appreciate through other people’s eyes.” said Mr. Griepenstroh.
This was Mr. Griepenstroh’s first group travel to China.
Along with the adventure, the students got to experience the sense of freedom in both Europe and China.
“Well it’s freeing, because you don’t have someone there to watch your every move and tell you what to do and what not to do.” said Jocelyn Valencia, a junior, who went on the Europe trip. Even with the teachers around, students got the chance to roam around during their free time and experience the culture and environment on their own.
The next China trip will be in 2013, when students will travel to Hong Kong, Guilian, Beijing, and Hui’an to visit the sister school once again.
Other future trips with Mr.Griepenstroh and Mr. Gonzales include the Spain and Morocco trip.