The day started smoothly, well sort of! The staff, whilst having breakfast in a local cafe near school, were too busy chatting and forgot to pay. As they left, the waiter shouting police! police! gave us a clue something was up. Not wanting to be behind bars, MrLudlow paid up. After gathering at school the 2012 team left for a gentle walk to Canal Metro Station to take the train into the city centre. Wow the sun was out, Mrs Lobb, Mrs White and Mr Jones wore t-shirts determined to get the golden brown sun tanned look. Mr Ludlow on the other hand kept his coat on, he was going for the pale sickly look. We arrived near the Opera House and strolled towards the palace. We were greeted by mini mouse, which evoked more interest than the Nero Classical architecture of the grand palace.Seen one palace, seen them all. Mini posed with us all but was particularly taken by Mr Jones who couldn't resist and got down on one knee to propose. We are counselling him after he discovered she was a gold digger, only after his money. There were other street artists in the area, George couldn't resist asking the invisible man to smile. Being sports relief we decided to take part doing an impromptu aerobics routine, the palace guards were not too sure what to make of us. Making our way towards Plaza Mayor some of the girls wanted to display their flamenco dancing skills. After this brief entertainment interlude the team had a chance to shop. Poppy won the challenge of spending nearly all of her money so quick, some interesting gifts! Poppy's dad will have to invite us around to demonstrate the use of his gift! Whilst waiting for the children to empty their purses, the teachers sat and indulged themselves with a coffee. Mr Ludlow, who was suffering from a headache, received some TLC from Mrs Lobb. Those wet wipes and plasters did the trick. The afternoon was spent visiting a neighbouring school to see a theatre production of the Spanish tale Lady Knit Wit. This was their entry in the bilingual schools English speaking drama competition. The journey back to school was like something from the Yorkshire sheepdog trials, whistles and shouts as the children headed back in mass. Another busy day had by all and an exciting weekend ahead.