Nuria: A breath of fresh air in the Catalonian Pyrenees

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El Casal's Fall 2017 gets off to a healthy start with an overnight trip to Nuria in the Pyrenees mountains about 2 hours form Barcelona.  The only way to get there is by cog railway!  Hiking, relaxing, getting and getting to know one another in a spectacular setting.


Testimonial from an El Casal Mom

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Testimonial from an El Casal Mom

Dear John,

I wanted to let you and Ines know how much we appreciated the El Casal program and your wonderful work with the group this past spring.

C---- 's  experience exceeded our expectations.  The range of activities, the balance of structured and unstructured time, the support, the learning, and the camaraderie were perfect for C---.  If I can be of any help in recommending your program to a potential participant, please let me know.  Thank you both for making her spring so memorable.

With all best wishes,

Libby S., Boston


Alyson's afternoon

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Alyson (Spring '16) tells about getting around Barcelona and about her community service project with her classmate, Charlotte:

I race down the two floors of my apartment building and step out onto the primarily pedestrian street. A crisp wind blows through my hair as I begin walking at a brisk pace to the Poblenou metro stop. The low sun bounces off my phone’s screen and I quickly unlock it to read a message from Charlotte- “getting on the first car at Jimmy 1 rn.” I smile at her choice of word ; Jimmy 1 is just our affectionate name for Jaume Primer, a metro stop used by us with such frequency that it deserved its own nickname. My boots click down the stairs towards the underground labyrinth of lines that is this bustling city’s primary mode of transportation. I swipe my metrocard, and the small glass doors pop open with just enough time for me to slip through. Yet another flight of stairs, a double check that I’m on the yellow line heading in the right direction, a 27 second wait (I knew this due to the convenient countdown the Barcelona metro utilized), and I’m jumping on the first car. I immediately spot Charlotte and sit down next to her as we relish in our successful planning that finally allowed us to organize the timing of this metro rendezvou. After many failed attempts, we finally  accomplished the impossible- sitting together on a metro.

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