This year saw Lancing’s 16th Spanish language exchange with Dominicas School in Oviedo, Asturias. Sixteen students from each school took part, with members of the College's Fourth and Fifth Forms taking part. The first leg of the exchange saw us travelling to the beautiful city of Oviedo, famous for its architectural gems and culinary delights.
Featured in Woody Allen’s film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the director himself describes Oviedo as “a delicious, exotic, beautiful, clean, pleasant, tranquil and pedestrianised city… It is as if it didn’t belong to this world.” Our students were equally enchanted with the place and had a wonderful time exploring the old town as well as tasting the famous ‘cachopo’, a fried meaty dish which went down very well indeed. The Lancing students were made to feel incredibly welcome by their counterparts and enjoyed a varied and culturally enriching itinerary. Visits included a trip to a coal mine in the rugged Asturian countryside and a short hike to some pre-romanesque landmarks. We were blessed with the weather and could only keep our fingers crossed (‘dedos cruzados’) for some reciprocal sunshine when we welcomed our Oviedans to Lancing.
We had a hard act to follow, but the Dominicas students seemed to enjoy their time with us, and thankfully the sun shone throughout their trip, which allowed them to explore Brighton and Steyning in all their glory. When the trip came to an end and plenty of Lancing merchandise had been purchased, we waved a sad farewell to our Asturian friends, and pledged to stay in touch.
It was another wonderfully successful Spanish exchange, and here’s to next year’s trip!
Laura Fryer, Assistant Head of Modern Languages