Posted on December 16, 2015
The Royal Palace in Madrid! The royal family doesn’t actually live there, but it’s still used for important ceremonies like the abdication and coronation in 2014. The Palace was decorated for Christmas with trees, lights, and an amazing Nativity scene (no pictures allowed in most rooms). In Spain, the Nativity scenes are called “Belén” or Bethlehem.
Posted on December 13, 2015
This semester we got to do both a wine and beer tasting!
Both involved trying three types of each, learning about the production process, learning how to pour, and what to eat with each type.
Posted on December 10, 2015
Posted on December 7, 2015
This weekend a few friends and I went to a cooking class at a school in Madrid. We made tapas from different regions of SpainOur cooking station Shrimp with garlic – before And after! Tortilla Española in the making – famous in all parts of Spain Toast with ham and tomato Patatas braves and Sangria We also made mussels (specific to the region of Galicia) and chorizo with cider (Astoria)
Posted on December 3, 2015
Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quijote, was born in Alcalá de Henares. The house where he was born and lived for the beginning of his childhood still stands on Calle Mayor. Ceiling of the house depicts his cartoons, which make appearances all over the house. Desk in his house Part of the timeline of Cervantes’ life -the top photo discusses the possibility of Cervantes being a “new Christian” or in other words, directly decedent from a Jewish family that was forced to convert in order to stay in Spain before the 15th century.
Posted on November 30, 2015
The two Cathedrals of Salamanca are truly wonderful sights. They have their separate alters and spaces, but are built together and connected on the inside. The old was built in the 12th century, with the new being added on during the 16th-18th centuries and is in a Gothic/Baroque style.
Posted on November 28, 2015
Every Sunday morning, this area opens up for the biggest outdoor market I’ve ever seen. It’s a place for tourists and Spaniards alike as it provides a great place to walk around and is near a lot of good food. (Leather handmade in Spain) Store full of just olives Crowd in one of the market plazas
Posted on November 23, 2015
Also designed by Antoni Gaudí, this public park is actually a World Heritage Site. It was originally intended as a commercial site for housing, but eventually turned into gardens instead.View of la Sagrada Familia Entrance to the park This type of mosaic was all over the park View from the top
Posted on November 19, 2015
Posted on November 15, 2015
Antoni Gaudí, Spain’s famous architect, began building this cathedral in 1882. He sadly died before it could be completed, but the unfinished building is open to the public. There is currently construction going on to ultimately finish the cathedral using Gaudí’s plansFrom across the street The Nativity entrance The stained glass windows everywhere made for a very cool interior View from the Nativity towers