As I sit on the steps of the huge “mushroom” (the Metropol Parasol in Seville) and soak up the lovely sun in this 63 degree weather, I can’t help but think about how much I don’t want to leave to go back home tomorrow morning. As much as I don’t want to go back to the winter wonderland of Vermont, I don’t want to leave Spain for so many more reasons than just the weather.
Ronda is an adventure for its incredibly beautiful views and scary roads; I don’t believe I will ever forget waking up with my face against the window of the bus and seeing a sheer drop-off to the ravine below.
We traveled to Mérida for one night and one night only; for such a small and ancient town–the population is around 58,000—our hotel accommodations were quite nice. Everywhere you looked there were ancient Roman ruins.
The most beautiful part about being in Toledo is the unbelievable sensation of being in a different era. Narrow, cobblestone roads meander to and fro through a maze of tall, thin, brown buildings with flowers hanging from their windows.
Mérida, Spain has a long and rich history. Ancient ruins and objects are often found nestled against modern edifices. Excavation happens under and around more modern buildings.
Self proclaimed “former picky eater” Erin Kiernan has been trying every new food that has been offered in Spain. Knowing she had a new found adventurous streak, I thought I could coax her onto the stage of El Teatro Romano.
I am standing in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, and I have that same look on my face. I feel somehow let down that this once busy but quaint plaza has come into the 21st century in a way I don’t entirely get. And I don’t yet understand how I feel about it.
Madrid is beautiful, it doesn’t compare to anything I’ve ever seen before. The history, the culture, everything is so rich. The first day in Madrid we had a bus tour of the city. The drive from the airport to the city was dark–the sun didn’t rise until 8:30 a.m.!
From goddesses to beasts, and Vietnamese Water Puppets to Fatima’s Hand, during the fall 2015 semester, 15 CCV students have been studying world mythology with a specific focus on Spain. They’ve met online for several weeks and in person a handful of Saturdays to learn about world mythology and to prepare for their ten day trip to Spain.