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A Winter at TCS: Insight into trips, traditions, and travelling during Christmas Break.


During winter break, TCS students traveled to extraordinary destinations, spent time partying with friends, or celebrated the holidays nourishing generational traditions. While all these are contrasting, they flourish the soul and build unforgettable memories. Here is an insight to the most outstanding vacations from TCS Students!

Students spent their winter break mostly at fincas and enjoying of the relaxation and looseness that these environments provide. They enjoyed time with their families and spent afternoons under the heat of the sun or the coolness of the snow.

“I spent my winter break in Santa Marta and at my finca. It was enjoyable because I love going to hot climates. I went to the ocean, to the beach, to the pool, to the gym, and to hang out with my friends, a lot. It was very fun and different from past vacations, I don’t know why, but it felt very special,” Susana Pertuz, grade 11 said.

Students also engaged with holiday traditions with their friends and family, such as preparing natilla, candle night, or simply traveling to destinations for the sake of tradition and reminiscence.

“Yes, at Christmas we gave each other gifts. We ate turkey and we played games. In New Year we stayed awake until midnight, and we watched the fireworks on the balcony,” Agustin Ramirez, grade 11 said.

“On Christmas Day, I went water-skiing, which was pretty fun, it was really strange because I didn’t think Santa Claus could find me in the Lake to bring me my presents, but he did, so when I was trying to look for Santa Claus in the lake and I never found it, I thought it was pretty strange,” Jose Miguel Aristizabal, Grade 11, said.

During the break, some others, enjoyed their time investing in their hobbies and passions. Some may be unique, and stand out, while others have adhered to the classics, from reading books to making wine.

“I spent Christmas break in Medellín with my family and my girlfriend. I had a lot of fun because I had time to read, watch movies, and enjoy my hobbies. My favorite book of the break was Sapiens. I spent some time trying to learn about wine and how to make cocktails and bartend properly,” Ramirez said.

“So, I spent a lot of time with friends and family. I also cooked a lot and read a lot and when we were in Miami I went out to the ocean we rode our bikes we had a boat so we went out in the waters sports, and we spent a lot of time and family in general,” Veronica Urdaneta, grade 11 said.

“I participated in the search for Santa Claus, and for another year, I failed to find him, but I concluded that the holy child and Santa Claus are connected, and they’re probably the same, nevertheless, I couldn’t spot either,” Aristizabal said.

Moreover, some of these students had life-changing experiences, such as our new TCS student, Chloe Flanagan, who moved to Medellín from Utah during the break.

“I spent time with my family, went on a horse carriage ride for four hours, and then I moved here on 1 January. So in my family, we had a lot of like traditional holiday cooking on 24 December. There was some natilla and buñuelos, but mainly we had turkey for Thanksgiving, so that was like our biggest holiday tradition. I spent a lot of time trying to accommodate to Medellín and getting to meet my new home,” Chloe Flanagan, Grade 11 said.

Following the train of lifelong traditions, most people invest some time closing the old year with resolutions for the new year, focusing on healthy habits and closing harmful patterns.

“It’s a scary new year, but for my resolutions, I’d say probably I have a whole new set of habits, but the most important one was to shower every day, and sometimes even with cold water which is really fun for my brain, maybe not so much for me but after a few days it could also become fun for me, so that’s it,” Aristizabal said.

“My resolutions are mostly that I want to get into college and I wanna work towards getting into university,” Urdaneta said.

“My New Year’s resolution is mainly to read more books and learn how to cook better, especially bakery, as I am not used to cooking sweet dishes. Also, I want to start showing people how much they matter to me,” Ramirez said.