Our 2017-18 school year concludes in one of Europe’s most scenic countries, and, perhaps more importantly, one of its friendliest. Gifted architects such as Antoni Gaudí have crafted many wondrous masterpieces throughout Spain, and many stand side-by-side with well-preserved Roman ruins. The Basque city of Bilbao -which will serve as our host city- knows a thing or two about gorgeous design, with its Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum drawing tourists from across the world to admire its titanium exterior and galleries filled with modern and contemporary art. But modern art is certainly not for everyone, and those students with a penchant for the old will feel right at home in the shops and restaurants that line Bilbao’s casco viejo (old quarter).
Students will have a wide variety of curriculum themes to choose from this term (for the truly brave, we recommend trying to pick up the inordinately tricky Basque language). Project ideas include: conducting interviews with survivors of the Spanish Resistance to better understand their struggle; designing an audioguide to explain The Moors’ influence on Spanish architecture, particularly in regards to castles and Catholic churches; and interning at the Guggenheim Museum to categorize the origins of permanent collections and rotating collections, thus determining if the museum is being used to showcase Spanish art or the works of other countries.