A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Hello again! We had such a full day on Saturday that it definitely needs to be talked about today. Plus, it provides a good ending to the fairy-tale of a weekend which we’ve had.

We started in Segovia, at the Roman aqueduct which has stayed standing for over 2000 years, through countless wars and civilizations, and without any cement or mortar, just good old-fashioned pressure (and physics!). It was absolutely incredible!

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On our way up the hill of the city, we passed by many rich people’s homes, churches, and synagogues. The most interesting thing about Spain is that all of the cities have Jewish, Muslim, and Christian roots. We have learned about the Muslim and Christian backgrounds, but no one seems to want to tell us about the Jews except that they were expelled in 1492 (pretty big year for Spain) if they did not convert to Christianity because the king and queen wanted uniformity in everything, including religion. Sorry, that was kind of a mouth full, but it’s true. I’ll try to find some answers this week and get back to you on that.

We also stopped by the Cathedral after eating ponches (this strangely delicious treat) and seeing the place where Queen Isabel was crowned. It was the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain and it was huge! There was also a wedding going on while we were there, and we were all pretty excited to see the bride who we did manage to get a glimpse of, even if we weren’t sure that we would!

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Our final stop was the castle, or Alcázar, that was found at the top of the hill. It had some pretty great views. There was a moat surrounding it which was never filled with water but it did have bears at one point. There were towers, secret passageways, armories, red and gold everywhere, and a wishing well. It was pretty incredible what they were able to do and what they have been able to preserve. Magical.

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One more picture because it´s just beautiful!

After Segovia, we went to Ávila which is most well known for the wall which circles the city. It was built in the 12th century, and is the best conserved wall in all of Spain (most of the other walls have been destroyed). One cool thing is that some of the rocks were recycled from Roman times so really the wall is just super old. Karisa and I were just amazed that between all of the wars that have gone on over here, it is incredible that things such as the walls of Ávila and the aqueduct of Segovia are still standing. It must be for something. We also went to the cathedral which was built in with the walls. It is super old and very interesting because they used two different kinds of rocks to build it. I’m sure you’re probably tired of reading about Catholic cathedrals but if you ever want to hear the stories of San Nicolas or of the 11,000 virgins, just let me know and I would love to tell you!

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Before leaving Ávila, we tried the yemas of Santa Teresa. Those were very interesting. They are this treat with egg yolk and sugar…that still look like egg yolks. Yeah, I´ll let you guys think about that for a little bit.

We got back to Alcalá very tired but also very happy to be here in Spain, the land of royalty and religion. And we all lived happily ever after! The end.

Holy Toledo, Batman!

The two things I come up with whenever I think about the word, Toledo, have absolutely nothing to do with Spain. It’s either the Robin reference above or MASH’s Corporal Clinger’s hometown. However, after today, I can think about marzipan statues, steel blades, and red poppies (covering the ground where ancient Romans walked).

Toledo is pretty cool. It has a pretty long history of being a really important city as it was conquered by Romans, capitalized by Visigoths, inhabited by Muslims, taken by the Catholic kings, and recently named the gastronomical center of Spain. Our first stop on the tour was a panoramic view of the city, stunning! Because the main part of the city is up on a hill, there are escalators as well as stairs which make the climb a lot easier (except when there’s a traffic jam because someone dropped their sunglasses).

The city was all dressed up for the Corpus Christi holiday that they are celebrating this week. It was beautiful with flowers all over the place and these huge dolls that were put on display after the parade. Here they are now:

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I’ll let you decide how creepy they are. Anywho, we also went to the cathedral which has some very important art by El Greco. This cathedral had the most detailed stained-glass windows I have seen so far in this trip. To mark the graves of the cardinals buried there, they use these red sombrero-like things that hang above the grave-marker. Those were really interesting. The relic here is a rock that was supposedly touched by the Virgin when she performed a miracle in Toledo. The most awe-inspiring part was when one of the artists decided to create an opening in part of the roof to let in more light and sculpted some pretty incredible things by it. It was definitely the Baroque style, but it did not need to be fixed.

We also saw a synagogue from the 13th century which looked more like the Muslim mosques we have been studying about, then a synagogue. That was because the Muslims were in charge of the city at the time and the architect used Muslim influences. Also, if you want to know a fun word to say in Spanish it’s “mezquita” which means mosque. Just makes me happy.

The weirdest thing we saw was this modern clothing store built on top of Roman ruins. How did we know that there were Roman ruins beneath? The floor was transparent! You could literally see the crumbled formations. Next door were the Roman baths which were also pretty cool. Not as well preserved as in England, but still pretty cool to explore.

Toledo is also part of La Mancha, aka Don Quixote’s hometown. Therefore, there was plenty of Quixote and Sancho to go around. We found this statue made out of marzipan and this other one which wasn’t:

 

Basically, it was a beautiful day filled with beautiful things to see and eat. I love just being able to step back in history for a time and then come back to the present by the means of escalators and air-conditioned buses. The 21st century rocks!

Also, this post would really be remiss if I did not mention our trip to the temple this week. We did baptisms and confirmations for the ancestors of those in our group. It was a really special experience. The temple is so beautifully simple which was a great relief from all of the hustle and bustle of this trip. It is so cool because the temple serves those from Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy, so they have to include all of those different languages for the services. Pretty soon, though, all of those countries will have their own temples. Happy day! So many exciting things to come.

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Me encanta ver al templo!

 

Do You Hear the People Sing?

This week, we went to the north, to Basque Country, where it was green and mountainous like the Spanish version of Switzerland. Actually, maybe more like the mountains of Austria where Maria could hear the sound of music. Needless to say, it was beautiful!

We stayed in San Sebastián, a city right on the beach that had all of the signs in Basque as well as in Spanish. It was pretty impressive, especially since our hotel was found on the top of the cliffs overlooking the sea. We had to take this fun cable car down the mountain in order to reach the city. That was so fun. The beach was so nice even if it was cloudy and cold outside. We hiked up another hill to the ruins of a castle overlooking the city from another angle. You know, as fun as it is to see old cathedrals, there is nothing that excites me more than a ruined castle. It takes me back to my childhood when TJ, Josh, and I climbed all over the ruins of Kenilworth and Tintagel. Anywho, it was magical, even if we weren’t able to go inside because we got there one minute after the last tour started. Guys, I want a castle.

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Something else that was awesome about San Sebastián was the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. It was big and dark like other cathedrals, but it was simpler and instead of having the crucified Christ as the main statue, it was a statue of Christ with a sheep. It was so beautiful. I also learned that as long as there is a little bit of light outside, the stained-glass windows will capture it.

Thursday, we crossed the border to France to San Juan de Luz, singing Les Miserables with mucho ánimo as they say in Spanish. It is a much smaller sea town but it has some historical significance because it was where the French and the Spanish signed a peace treaty. Plus, Louis XIV married la Infanta (Spanish princess) there in a little church which we visited. But mainly we went there to eat crepes and chocolate. After spending so much time in this tiny town where we didn’t understand anything, we were all so happy to find out that the woman at the chocolate shop spoke Spanish… and she had lots of samples. GOOD DAY!

Friday we left San Sebastián for Burgos. It’s this city in the countryside surrounded by little villages and pastures. It felt very different from any other town we have visited in Spain probably because it is so isolated. What is its claim to fame? El Cid, the most important hero in Spanish history, is buried there and he had a lot to do with that city. When he was exiled from Castilla and Leon, he left his wife and children at a monastery outside of the city. We went there and had a tour given by a monk who was wearing slippers! It was really cool to see how the monastery worked and all of the art there.

Other adventures: We went to Santo Domingo de Silos to hear the monks sing Gregorian chants. That was absolutely incredible. They even sang the Magnificat. It really was a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Carissa and I hiked to the ruins of the castle in Burgos. It wasn’t open but we were able to walk around it and get a feel for how it was. After having a poor dinner experience on Friday, we were a little wary of finding food for lunch on Saturday. However, we stopped at a bakery which had great sandwiches and delicious ice cream. I will say this about the Spanish though, they sure do love their meat. I asked for a vegetable sandwich and it had tuna in it. Only in Spain! There was a book fair that was pretty cool, plus it included a carousel that brought out the children in us. It really doesn’t take much.  And I shouldn’t forget to mention all of the enlightening conversations we had with Profe about bold (bald zebras) and how to say “gallivanting” in Spanish. We sure do know how to have a good time!

Here’s to another week of Spanish fun and gallivanting!

Blessings

This is going to be kind of a short post because, well, it’s been kind of a short week. We’re off to San Sebastian, San Juan de la Luz, Burgos, Santo Domingo de los Silos y Yecla. Whoo, that’s kind of a mouth full. To keep it short, we’re going to be spending some time in Basque Country! Now, we going to get to know a whole other culture as well as the other coast of Spain. Yippee!!

But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are some of the blessings from the week so far:

  1. Only two days of class this week!!!!
  2. We went to a Catholic mass yesterday and I was reminded again about the grand importance of prayer and the Holy Ghost (as well as the sacrament).
    1. Side note: We to the Magistral Cathedral (one of two in the whole world) which just means that all of the priests have doctorate degrees. Interesting.
  3. We just happened to go to mass on the day that the Colorado State University choir was performing so we stayed for that. It was absolutely incredible. They sang some really pretty Latin songs, some English, and then ended with some rousing Gospel music. Hallelujah! We talked with some of them after the performance, and they were so grateful to be able to talk to people in English.
  4. Sunday was Stake Conference, so we got to go to the stake center which is right next to the temple! We’re hoping to go inside sometime later this month.
  5. It wasn’t just any stake conference, but the stake conference when there were visiting general authorities. Elder Kearon from the Seventy and his wife spoke (he’s the one with the incredible British accent that gave that amazing talk about the refugees) about setting goals and being grateful for the things which we have been given.
  6. Elder Bednar presided over a devotional for young men, young women, and young single adults. It was mainly a question and answer session which was so cool. He talked about the family, about personal revelation, about faith, about the Atonement, about keeping covenants, about the sacrament, everything. You could really feel the Spirit and the inspired questions and answers that were given. One of the questions was about the paralyzing effects of fear and doubt. Fear and doubt are the opposite of faith which is a principle of action and of power. Elder Bednar used the example of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River (found in Joshua 3). The priests carrying the ark of the covenant entered the river first without having the surety of dry land. But as the people kept moving forward, the Lord’s promises became sure and the river was parted. They might have questioned, “Will this really work?” But as they kept moving forward, they showed their faith and they were blessed. A question is not a doubt unless you let it keep you from progressing.

Well, that’s my sermon for the week. Basically, it was just the hugest blessing to have had time to spend with an Apostle and with the Lord. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true!!!!

Hasta el sábado!

You’ve Gotta Strut!

This week has just flown by. As my roommate said, our trip this week feels like a dream. I have a feeling that is what this whole study abroad is going to feel like when I get home, but we don’t have to think about that yet.

We went to Barcelona this week!!! It is truly incredible. Definitely a favorite. The history is inspiring, the art/architecture is impressive, and the views are incredible. Plus, there is a beach and some very good food. It’s just an all-around win. We never got lost on the Metro, and we got to see some pretty incredible things, like…

  1. The National Museum of Art of Catalunya: We only saw the outside of it, but it has these steps to get up to it which were just perfect for photo opportunities (see above). It is this really grand building and once you get to the top of it, you have a great view of the city. We also saw it from the old bullfighting arena which has been converted into a commercial center, and provides an awesome 360 degree view of the city.

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    Hola Barcelona!
  2. Park Guell: This was designed by Antoni Gaudí in the early 1900´s. It was supposed to be a residential area for the rich as well as a park, but because of its altitude it wasn´t super successful. Now it is just a park for people to visit and enjoy the incredible ceramic designs and the five houses which were built. Gaudí received his inspiration from nature so everything is really flowing and plant-like which is really cool. The ceramic pieces are all different colors and shapes and designs, because it was cheaper to buy ceramics that were already broken. It is a really fun place to visit.
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    Curvy ceramic benches that encourage social interactions like those with Lauren and Karisa!

     

  3. La Sagrada Familia: This is the third most visited monument in Europe (after the Eiffel Tower and the Coliseum) and it’s not even totally completed yet! Gaudí started it in 1882 and they are planning on having it done by 2026, but they’re not really in any rush. They still have the whole front to do. But the parts that you can see are really awesome. So, the entrance is on the east side and the facade consists of sculptures representing the birth of Jesus Christ. It is really beautiful and fairly realistic. Gaudí was trying to stay with the Biblical accounts as much as possible, so that people would not get carried away with their own interpretations. The inside is fairly simple. There are a lot of stained glass windows which illuminate and give color to the interior. The glass on the west side represents the Resurrection in an abstract way as it uses dark colors on the bottom to represent death and yellows and white on top to represent the triumph over death. It is absolutely stunning. There are statues of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as well as certain representations of God the Father and the Holy Ghost. La Sagrada Familia means “sacred family” referring to the family of Jesus, but also to all of our families (and may I say all of us as members of the family of God). Basically, La Sagrada Familia is a church meant not only for worshiping God, but also for instilling family values into the visitors. You exit on the west side where the facade represents the Crucifixion. It is a little more unnatural and not as pretty, but still very rich in symbolism. This was probably my favorite part of the whole trip.
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    FAMILY!

     

  4. La Rambla: It’s a famous street that has a lot of shopping and a lot of people. We visited the market which was really cool. They had everything from great big pigs’ legs to fancy chocolates. We all got fruit juices, I got maracuya, YUM! It was incredible.

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    #maracuya4life
  5. Arc de Triomf and Park de la Ciutadella: Yes, Spain has its very own Arc de Triomf. This is the Catalan (language spoken in Barcelona) spelling of it. It’s pretty spectacular even if we couldn’t go up on it. There was also this very beautiful park where we saw street performers, bubbles, and angry geese. Hooray!

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    Triumphing it up!
  6. Beach: So, we went to the beach twice, once in Barcelona and once in Valencia. I touched the Mediterranean…again! It was really beautiful despite the couple brief encounters with those bathing in their birthday suits. The water was pretty cold (I’m shivering just thinking about it), but the sand was so fine in Valencia. Beach+college kids= a whole lot of fun in the sun!

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    Playa de Barcelona
  7. Cathedral of Valencia: It is fairly plain on the outside, but on the inside, far from it. There was this beautiful stained glass window and lots of little chapels. We also found the Holy Grail (goodness, Valencia could have saved Indiana Jones a whole lot of trouble). And I am not kidding, it is really the chalice (or at least the bowl of the chalice) which the Catholic Church believes was used at the Last Supper. It has been adorned a little bit with gold and is now kept in its own special chapel in a special case illuminated by this really inconvenient light that non-flash pictures do not like at all (sorry about the picture). We also saw the arm of a saint, Saint Vincent to be exact. So many adventures!

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    Proof.
  8. Ciudad de las artes y las ciencias (aka City of the Arts and the Sciences): After a huge storm and flood, Valencia redirected one of its main rivers and put a park where the river used to run. The park includes all kinds of cool stuff to do, but the most interesting is this “city”. It consists of a few HUGE buildings that are used for exhibits and activities (kind of like OMSI for my Oregon people, except bigger). We unfortunately weren’t able to go inside any of them, but they were pretty cool to look at.
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    There’s also this fancy non-swimming pool that surrounds it.

     

So, it was a week of Gaudí, tapas, ice cream, and sunshine. It was kind of nice to have a break outside of Alcalá and Madrid (I mean, you can´t really do any better than having a break in Barcelona), but it was also pretty exhausting. Here´s to a whole new week of adventures!

Hasta luego!

Clean!

Well, we have had two days of nonstop rain, but today ended on a bright note with a rainbow. The earth is so clean right now:)

Yesterday, we went to church which was awesome! The ward is pretty large and very welcoming. There was this adorable little boy with the fluffiest curly hair and the biggest brown eyes who kept toddling up and down our aisle. He was amazed by all the strange faces, but I kept smiling at him and he would run away and then look back to see if I was watching (SO CUTE!). We met him and his dad later– his name is Aaron– and that was a lot of fun. We went to the Sunday School class for the JAS (young single adults) which was super exciting. I always wanted to go to that class when I was on my mission but I wasn’t really able to because we went to or taught Gospel Principles. It was really cool since we like quadrupled their numbers and we talked about King Benjamin’s speech which was incredible (talking about grace and how to live a Christlike life). Relief Society was cool too and afterwards, we stayed to sing in the choir. It is a pretty big one and we’ll be singing “As Sisters in Zion” in a couple of Sundays. That was really cool.

Something else that was interesting about church was how many missionaries were there. There is only one ward in Alcalá so it is a pretty big area to cover. There were two sets of elders, a set of sisters, and two married couples. It was pretty remarkable.

Due to the rain, we spent most of the time inside. I was able to talk to my mom for Mother’s Day and to Josh!!! He’s doing great (today is his 5 month mark, crazy!). He loves the people he’s been serving and he has been adapting fairly well to the German life. GO EUROPE!

Today we had class and learned about a folk song from 1245 that was “based on real events” and about Hannibal. It was inspiring, let me tell you. Also, Cervantes’ house was finally less crowded (probably because it’s closed on Mondays) and we were able to take pictures with the charming statue of Don Quixote and Sancho (see above). All in all, it’s been a pretty good couple of days. Wet but happy!

Dulces sueños!

Once upon a time, there was a short king

His name was Felipe II and he had four wives (our tour guide at El Escorial wanted to make sure we knew that). One of those wives was Bloody Mary just in case you were wondering, but the Spanish don’t really think much of her since she never came to Spain. Anywho, he decided to build a “summer palace” about 30 miles away from Madrid.But this wasn’t going to be any palace, it needed to show the power of the king and of God, so it needed to be a monastery as well. It was also built in commemoration of San Lorenzo, a martyr from the 3rd Century who was burned to death on a grill. This was important because the king thought that it was significant that they had a victorious battle against the French on the same day as this saint’s celebration day, August 10. Therefore, the building was constructed in the form of a grill. This majestic palace was built in just 21 years, under the direction of 2 architects, and it is still a functional monastery, basilica, burial ground, and boarding school.

The place where Felipe resided was a small room which was able to open up to the basilica so that he could watch the services without leaving his room. He was very old and could walk very far. In fact, for his last visit, people had to carry him for seven days to reach the palace. Other room was built for his eldest daughter since all of his wives had all passed away. He had many rooms to meet in and long hallways with beautiful paintings and 16th century maps (those were incredible). There were lots of frescos and ceiling paintings to match those of the Sistine Chapel. Astounding!

Felipe actually died in El Escorial and was buried in a pantheon he had built directly under the altarpiece in the basilica. His father, mother, and almost every other king and queen mother are buried there in this underground rotunda made of Spanish marble and decorated with gilded bronze. It is absolutely fantastic. Gross side note: the bodies were left to rot in separate rooms (we passed by the doors) for 20-25 years before the bones were placed in the already prepared coffins. And that is the story of El Escorial. The end.

We ate lunch outside the monastery in the gardens which were beautiful. Then, some of our group went on this fairly long hike up the to the top of a “mountain” opposite El Escorial where we were able to have this incredible view of the palace and all the surrounding cities. Se llama La Silla de Felipe II or the Seat of Philip II. It was kind of hard, but it didn’t rain on us and the view was unforgettable. The pictures just don’t do it justice (sorry). Miraculously we made it to the bus on time afterwards, and we were actually able to eat dinner at a reasonable hour. Good day!

Hasta luego and Happy Mother’s Day (we get to talk to Josh tomorrow)!!!

PS This Philip II was the one the Philippines were named after. Cool story, I know.

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Queen of the Rock! And there’s nothing you girls can do about it.

The rain falls mainly on the plain and on BYU students

That’s right. It’s been raining off and on since Thursday afternoon and it will probably continue through Sunday or Monday or forever. Hooray for wet college students!

Also, we’ve been to Madrid twice now (not counting the airport) and it is absolutely amazing. Breathtaking. Captivating. You get the idea. Here’s a bird’s eye view of it:

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We have only had a quick tour of the main parts of the city so that we could get a handle on how the trains work. It isn’t too hard, just kind of overwhelming because there are so many people and the stops all seem to get jumbled together. We were able to pass the Prado and Reina Sofia museums (we’ll go inside someday) and passed by some other important buildings that we should be able to visit later. I love all of the old buildings and the picturesque apartments with their balconies. It is absolutely enchanting (didn’t I tell you Europe was magical?). The picture above is of me in the Plaza Mayor. The red of that building is beautiful and it surrounds you on all four sides. Incredible. Another incredible sight is this plate of churros con chocolate. Yes, that’s right, churros sans cinnamon-sugar with hot chocolate. Nothing better to warm you up on a rainy evening.

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Back in Alcalá, we started classes (yes, this is still a study abroad). I am taking an advanced literature course and a history course. The classes are a little different from the ones at BYU since things are a little more informal, we address the professors by their first names, and they try to apply things to us Americans as well as they can. I’m pretty sure that they think we’re crazy.

My roommate and I have also done a little more exploring. We went to Cervantes’ house yesterday as well as an exhibit about an artist/author, Fernando del Paso. Today, we went on a long bus ride just to kind of get a feel for how the bus works, and we still had time to visit the Cathedral (where they have versions of the Bible that are in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek all in one) and the Archaeological Museum (they have found so many interesting things from the time that the Romans were there). We’ll return to the latter at some other time after we have learned a little bit more from our history class.

Sometimes, we have a tendency to get lost a little bit. The streets look very similar, and we still don’t know all of the city’s secrets. But we also always manage to find our way. Those tiny miracles everyday are definitely something to look forward to. Plus, that just seems to be the best way to experience a city in Europe.

Well, we’re going to El Escorial tomorrow. If you’re curious, you should look it up! If not, well, then I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.

Buenas noches!

PS We learned what Alcalá de Henares means. Alcala is an Arabic word that means “castle” and Henares refers to a river close by, therefore, it means castle by the Henares river. So once upon a time there was a castle here. The end.

Alcalá de Henares

Aka the home of the stork, the birthplace of Cervantes (you have to see all of the Don Quixote stuff that they have here, it’s precioso!), and home for the next seven weeks. We arrived yesterday, after 31 hours of airplanes and airports, and we were exhausted. Our families met us in the Plaza de Cervantes and took us back to their houses to eat and unpack and rest a little. My roommate, Carisa, and I are staying with a woman who is originally from Chile, but she moved here 34 years ago and has never looked back. She makes really good food and a lot of it so that we never have to go hungry. There’s not as much rice as in Perú, but I guess that´s ok. It should be a lot of fun staying with her and her grandson.

Before dinner yesterday, Carisa and I walked all over the city. We might have gotten lost and we were probably in places where we shouldn’t be, but it all got resolved in the end. There are parts of the city that are very old, including the university and the building where Christopher Columbus received the money for his voyage to the Americas (fact!). The storks love to build their huge nests on the tops of these old buildings. The city also has many parks, and people are always outside walking around. Almost everyone lives in apartments here; I have yet to see a free-standing house. There is definitely some European charm here, and it helps that I understand the language that they are speaking!

Today we took a pre-test and met some of the people who are helping us with our classes this term. Classes officially start tomorrow which should be very interesting. After lunch, we took a couple of short tours. One of Alcalá (the parts where Carisa and I did not go) and one of the original university. Both were very interesting. The University of Alcalá was founded in 1499 by the cardinal Cisneros. Not only was it a place of learning, but it also provided housing for the students. Those who could pay or who received a scholarship stayed in nice housing which was separated from those who could not pay but worked for the university for payment. They focused a lot on knowledge, obedience, and chastity, with fairly severe punishment if such rules were broken.

This year also happens to be the 400th anniversary of both Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’ deaths. We went to a lecture where some professors from outside of Alcalá talked about some of the themes in the different interpretations of both Don Quixote and those plays of Shakespeare. It was really interesting learning about the complexities which movies have used to portray Don Quixote as well as how the Russians interpret the plays of Shakespeare. Also for those of you who understand Spanish and want to have a laugh, look up Cantinflas. He is fantastic!

Well, I’m off to bed, then classes and Madrid tomorrow!

Buenas noches!

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University of Alcalá main courtyard

 

 

Why Spain?

Tomorrow I leave for the adventure of a lifetime. It’s finally here! I’ve got my backpack and my shoes… and a few other things. I am mostly excited, but also a little nervous. It’s not everyday that you just drop everything and leave for a foreign country for seven weeks. But even though I will be missing some important events, I am grateful for this opportunity and I plan on no regrets!

So why Spain and why now? Let’s look at the list:

  • My Spanish is getting a little rusty, and there is no better way to improve it than total immersion once again.
  • As my mom said, Europe is just a magical place. Literally. I mean, a good chunk of the fairy tales took place there, right? But seriously, it is just a place that keeps calling to me.
  • See the quote above. Two of my favorite things in one!
  • There are many things in my life right now that aren’t certain. I’ll be graduating and then… I don’t know. But something I do know is that I have to keep making decisions for myself and that God will keep me going the right way as long as I look to Him. Spain was one of those decisions and though I have had my doubts, there is no better place for me to be.
  • Plus, it’s just going to be FUN! My art history buff side of me is ecstatic. Spain is a beautiful country, and I cannot wait to be a part of it!

So, there you have it. It’s not the most exciting post, but at least it is something. I’ll be in Spain in less than 48 hours, and that’s when the real fun begins.

Hasta la próxima!