25 May

Well for the first time ever, this week I am writing my blog from an aeroplane – that’s right, we are on our way back from Sunny Salou! We have had such a fantastic week in the sun! Here is our daily Future Finders run down..

On Monday, we met at 6am at Medtia Square and headed for Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport! Our plane however was departing from Terminal 1, so the very nice staff at Jet 2 arranged for a shuttle bus to take us to the correct terminal! Good start, Mr Wood! The less said about security the better – needless to say that a few rogue liquids appeared in most of the students’ bags so that was a slightly tense time too! It was a relief when we finally got seated on the plane!

We then had lunch on the plane before landing and getting a local transfer bus from Barcelona airport to our final destination, The California Apartments, Salou. The apartments were really clean and recently refurbished so we were impressed. We unpacked in our rooms and then headed out to explore the local town!

After a lovely evening meal in the hotel we headed to my favourite bar in Salou, Danny’s Bar. They made us feel very welcome last year and once again the students had a brilliant night singing and dancing along to the live band (and a few enjoyed a Blue WKD or two too!). A fab first day!

On Tuesday we had a full English breakfast in the hotel before heading to Portaventura World, one of two theme parks in Salou. We had the most incredible day! We watched a Polynesian Dance Show and a Wild West Shoot Out Show and, of course, went on lots of rides – some of them two or three times!

We left the park around 4pm and headed back the hotel pool for a swim to cool off. On Tuesday evening we went back to Danny’s bar and had a pub tea! It’s fair to say that the students were very tired after a long day at the parks so we had an early night.

On Wednesday we once again headed over to Portaventura on the local bus but then started our day at Ferrari Land. Myself, Jack, Miss Timewell and Zoheb braved and survived the biggest rollercoaster in Europe! After this we all watched an acrobatics show, it was absolutely fabulous! The boys were gobsmacked – I’m not sure if this was because of the stunts or the ladies in the cast!!

We then returned to Portaventura World for the afternoon to go to some of the rides that we had missed the day before..

Another busy day for us all so again we headed back for a chill/siesta. Wednesday night was party night and we headed to another Irish Bar called The Dubliner for more live music and dancing, then it was over to a karaoke bar where David, Humayan and Daniel performed for a very full bar! Well done boys! We got home in the early hours that night so on Thursday morning we all had a nice lie in. We got up around 11.30am and headed to a local restaurant for breakfast/lunch. We then had a few hours’ relaxation and games on the beach before heading back to the pool for a swim. It was then time to pack again before dinner. Last night we went for a walk and did some shopping for souvenirs before heading back for an early night!

It has really been a joy for myself and the rest of the staff team – the students have been polite, courteous, funny and very mature! We’ve loved it! Let’s see what the students thought..

‘I thought the holiday was good and I enjoyed the fact that I faced my fears by going on the log flume!’ – David

‘I had a fantastic holiday with everyone. I enjoyed seeing new places and going to different pubs with my mates!’ – Abu

‘I loved the rollercoasters and the acrobats were amazing! I also enjoyed watching my friends singing karaoke!’ – Zoheb

‘It was a good holiday and my favourite part was the pool!’ – Niamh

‘It was mint going to the karaoke bar and getting a standing ovation for Maggie May!’ – Liam

I’m so glad that they had a fab time – now for a well deserved break!

Have a wonderful half-term! We look forward to welcoming the students back all refreshed on Monday 4th June,

Daniel
Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square

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