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Glassblowing

At the only glassblowing school in Spain (La Granja) we learned how to shape and cool glass!IMG_5232 IMG_5233 IMG_5236 IMG_5238 IMG_5239Later on, we learned how to actually blow the glass to make cups and vases IMG_5241Glassblowing museum IMG_5244Gardens next to the museum

Botanical Gardens

This week’s sketchbook class was at the Botanical Gardens in Madrid. The Gardens are right next to the Prado, and have all different types of plants including veggies, trees, flowers and a few greenhouses.IMG_5217 IMG_5221 IMG_5222 IMG_5223 IMG_5225 IMG_5227 IMG_5229

Toledo – the City of Three Cultures

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor about 8 centuries, Jews, Christians and Muslims lived together in peace here. It was one of the very few Spanish cities that allowed for this.

Sketchbook Class Takes la Estampa

La Estampa is an art exhibit that is open for only 4 days. This year, our drawing class went to find inspiration for the week’s homework.

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Program Trip to Segovia, España

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Alcázar, a castle in SegoviaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Segovia is known for its Roman aqueducts. According to a local legend, it was not the Romans who created this structure, but the devil.

First Class at the Prado

image2 image3 image4image1And got serenaded by a saxophone player…and his dog

4We have officially found our program centers in Madrid and Alcalá (hi Tai and Abby)

image23And more importantly, lots and lots of tortilla!

image1Also pancakes. Because Starbucks is ridiculous here too.

image3 2 1The program took us to the Prado and the Museo de la Reina Sofia. Both very cool!

Week 1 in Alcalá!

IMG_5041Day 1 in Madrid led us to the Toledo Bridge near the hotel we stayed in!

 

 

IMG_5049The night we arrived in Alcalá was the last night of the city’s summer festival! There was a parade through the main street with performers and lights.

 IMG_5051The fairgrounds for the festival (not my photo)

IMG_5056La Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid

 IMG_5068La plaza de Colón in Madrid, near the program center

IMG_5075La Plaza de Cervantes in Alcalá, near my house! Today there was a dance in la plaza with live music

Hi!

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Welcome to my blog about my time in Alcalá, Spain! Please enjoy as I attempt to relearn Spanish and not get lost (as I am very directionally challenged) in a totally new place.
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This is just a first trial post, and as I am still currently sitting on Skidmore campus it will not be all that interesting, but I wanted to share some of the photos that my new host family sent me! These are places near my home-away-from-home (or at least that’s what I think the email said). I’m really looking forward to being able to explore and finds these on my own, maybe we’ll get some side-by-sides in the future seeing as this blog is going to be mostly photo based.
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To be perfectly honest, I have done no packing, no preparing, and don’t even have a flight home booked. Looks like I have A LOT to do in the next two weeks! Next step is definitely getting my host mom a gift…

 

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