Baldwin is a school that offers so many opportunities to its students, and I am happy to say that I experienced one of the best. The Middle School Spanish class trip to Puerto Rico was a once in a lifetime experience that opened all of our eyes to many wonderful and different things. In addition to giving me the best three days of my life, this trip also pushed me to bond with some of my classmates I hadn’t been close with before, including girls in different grades. We were all so excited and ready, from the moment we met each other at 5:30 a.m. in the airport, barely awake.
Even though it is extremely difficult to choose, one of my favorite activities was the bioluminescent bay in La Parguera, the small fishing village. It was definitely a popular favorite for most of us. It was the perfect example of an interactive learning experience. We learned all about the behavior and facts about dinoflagellates in the water and why they were in this special area in Puerto Rico, and then we got to dive in and see how they made the water light up! It was very exciting and beautiful, and an experience that I will never forget.
The teachers and guides worked extremely hard to prepare an organized and fun-filled itinerary, including trips to the beach, hikes through the rainforest, salsa lessons, sightseeing, shopping, scavenger hunts, watching a folkloric dance show, banana boating and much more. I tried things that I never thought I would ever be able to do (like putting a baby octopus on my head!), and I learned a lot about beautiful Puerto Rico and its rich history and culture. I got to enjoy the sunny weather and eat the absolutely most delicious foods (which I crave daily)!
Thinking about it now, the trip went by in the blink of an eye and I am so sad that it is over, but we all took it in and enjoyed it so much. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone and everyone who has the opportunity, because this is an amazing chance to explore a new place and to experience an authentic language and cultural experience!