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Going Global with Mrs. Mitchell-Chaney

Mrs. Mitchell-Chaney in Bacelona.

This summer, PRMS Assistant Principal, Mrs. Tiffany Mitchell-Chaney, had the opportunity to visit three major cities in Spain- Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona.  Spain sits on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, and is comprised of seventeen autonomous regions, each with its own geography and culture. The capital, Madrid, is home to the Royal Palace and singular Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s quirky modernist architecture, including the Sagrada Família basilica. “Spain had all the ingredients to make an unforgettable experience,” said Mrs. Mitchell-Chaney.  “It’s cities bear the marks of a rich mixture of cultures, monuments and natural spaces.  Spain has even received an award from the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO.” 

Mrs. Mitchell-Chaney most loved being able to walk to some of the world's most important museums, beaches and restaurants from her hotel in each city she visited.  She also loved the food; Spain is known for having a healthy Mediterranean diet, and she was thrilled to take in Spanish traditions such as flamenco and bullfighting . . . (but she left before the end).  While she was there, Europe was experiencing an irregular heat wave but it typically has a pleasant climate all year round. 

If there's one thing Spain is famous for, it's for the lively atmosphere that is found in its streets at any time of the day or night. During the day you can choose between enjoying a drink or snack at any of the numerous open-air cafes and bars and going shopping. The main shopping centers are open all day between approximately 10 am and 10 pm at night, and department stores and shopping centers also open on certain Sundays throughout the year.  In the coastal areas during high season, most establishments usually stay open until after 10 pm. Mrs. Mitchell-Chaney stated, “The official currency in Spain is the euro, and at the time of my travel the dollar was not strong.  This affected the amount of shopping I really did.”

Written by: Tiffany Mitchell-Chaney, Assistant Principal
Posted: Sep 02, 2015 by Christine Courtney

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