A group of students from San Saba High School is about to set out on a great adventure as they travel to Europe this summer. Ten students in Mrs. Tracey Thomas’ Spanish class requested to go to Spain and see all the magnificent old world sites they had learned about. After being told this was no small cost, the students would not be discouraged and vowed to work and earn the money for the next two years in order to go. The trip was planned and the students, together with a few parents, will soon be flying to Madrid. The tour, led by Mrs. Thomas and Educational First Tours, will begin as all 17 travelers depart from Austin on June 10th. They will fly first to New York’s JFK Airport and then on to Madrid for five days. While there, they will visit the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and the famous Prado art Museum. They will also have day trips to Toledo and Segovia to view old world cathedrals, palaces and art there. In addition they will participate in Flamenco dance lessons and some are taking part in the optional Spanish cooking class while others are going on a day trip to Salamanca. A three day extension to the tour allows the group to ride the AVE, the high speed train, to Barcelona where they will again see incredible architecture, art and other well known monuments such as the “Sagrada Familia,” or Holy Family church designed by Antoni Gaudi. Construction of the church was begun in 1882 and is still going on today. It is expected to be complete in 2041. From Barcelona the group will fly to London, then to Dallas and home to Austin. Travelers from San Saba will be joined on the tour by a group of 13 from Canada and a smaller group from Iowa which will offer opportunities for meeting new people from other areas of North America. After working for almost 2 years to make monthly payments, the San Saba group will be cooking hamburgers on the square on our bad weather day off from classes, Monday May 21st. They will be offering your choice of a cheeseburger or hamburger, chips, drink and dessert for a requested donation of $6. The money raised will go for the tips that are customary for the tour director, as well as bus drivers and local guides on the tour. Everyone in the group would be most grateful to have your support in this venture, as well as your thoughts and prayers for safe travel for the tour in June.