SCHOOL TRIP TO SIERRA DE GRAZALEMA NATURAL PARK AND ITS SURROUNDINGS. (Mª Rosa Carrillo, alumna 3º ESO A)

SCHOOL TRIP TO SIERRA DE GRAZALEMA NATURAL PARK AND ITS SURROUNDINGS.

On the 31st March, we headed to Sierra de Grazalema, ready to spend an amazing long weekend. The first thing I could say about the travel by bus is the Sierra Nevada’s snowed mountains’ typical view, which were photographed by most of us. Later, by the time we were near “El Albedro” (the youth hostel in which we slept and left our luggage in the school trip) we discovered larges green fields where some animals like cows, sheep and horses were enjoying some grass which grew there. Likewise, before arriving to our destination, we looked at Jesulin’s house, a very famous bullfighter, due to the fact that he appeared in some Sálvame Deluxe programmes, among other reasons. Here, we can see a photo which shows “El Albedro’s” entry.

entry

Late in the afternoon, we visited Ubrique. First of all, we walked around the town and we drank the fresh water which comes from the town’s fountains and, in my opinion, it was better than factories’ water. After that, we went to the Leather Museum, and we listened to a guide and read some information available for visitors. Next, we went to another building where we looked at beautiful pictures and specific instruments to make leather goods. One of them is the “preciso”, which is a traditional piece from Ubrique’s leather goods. Besides, it is a craft pocket which was hung from the trousers’ belt by the muleteers and they used it to keep the most essential items to survive. In those times, it usually contained tinder, flint and tobacco but, also, money, seeds, etc.

We had the opportunity of making our own “preciso”, which it turns out to be redesign for children and because of that, it has got less fabric than the previous one. Therefore, its parts are: the plate (the largest piece), the strap and the hasp.

preciso

Another things we learnt:

The word <<Ubrique>> means <<Water’s wealth>>.

  • Ubrique is placed between Los Alcornocales and Grazalema natural parks.
  • Even the children had to work in leather good’s factories as a result of poorness.
  • The women made their own handbags from the waste’s leather goods.
  • The leather is made of water with salt and tannins (a substance which protects the tree from invasive organisms and it is found, for instance, under cork oak’s trunk, one of the most abundant in that area) as well as animals’ skins.

On the 1st April, we get to know the “pinsapar”. It is a group of trees which can only be traced in “Sierra de Grazalema”. It belongs to an endangered specie and it has got similar features to the fir. Here there are some Sierra de Grazalema’s different sightseeing. During the hike, the guide explained us some facts contrasted between pines and pinsapos:

-Leaves’ size.

-Size trunk.

-The age.

-Tree’s shape.

cows arbol

These pictures show a fallen tree and a cow or a bull hidden in the field’s grass. Now, I have to say that the way has got 17 kilometres and, although the great majority of us gave up when we reached 12 kilometres, some (including me) went on and we had a great experience, because of the river (and one of its small waterfalls) and a weird flower mixed with the others (an orchid).

river flower

And last but not least, on the  2nd April we visited Ronda and its Tajo. Finally, in the last picture there is a large reservoir in one place we found before our arrival to Carboneras.

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