Salamanca Day 11

Today we had a more relaxed schedule so the students could take a siesta. However, some of this sporty group opted to take a run instead.

In the early evening we all attended a Sevillana dancing class. Here were a variety of Sevillana specific moves and showed what we learned at the end by dancing in the middle of a circle of clapping classmates.

After dinner the students attended a good bye party put on by our language school with even more dancing with several more classmates.

Tomorrow will be the last day of Spanish classes, and we can’t believe how fast these two weeks have gone by.

 

Click on the links below for a couple of brief ECI movies!

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The battle is on

The battle is on

Let the futbol begin

Let the futbol begin

Kendal scored

Kendal scores!

 

 

Salamanca Day 10

Today we visited the Casa Lis, an Art Deco museum, with a special exhibit on Gaudí. The stained glass ceilings and walls alone were a site to see. Here we enjoyed some Chocolate con Churros in the charming cafe.

After our museum tour some students did some yoga in the residence trying to work out their soreness from horseback riding.

Later in the evening it was time for Flamenco! We had a blast learning various flamenco techniques, such as palmas (clapping), stomping with a leg swirl, expressive hand and wrist movements, and dramatic spins. We have quite the dancing team this summer!

 

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View of the Tomes river form Casa Lis

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Chocolate con churros in Casa Lis

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Strike a pose!

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Flamenco fun

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Kendal & Paige perfecting their Flamenco moves

 

Click link below for a short video of some of the students learning flamenco

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Salamanca Day 9

Annie

Annie

ECI & Sacramento group

ECI & Sacramento group

Group at the Finca

Group at the Finca

Heading out to the tour

Heading out to the tour

John

John

Kendal

Kendal

Meeting the Sacramento group

Meeting the Sacramento group’

Olivia taking the lead

Olivia taking the lead

Paige

Paige

Thatcher

Thatcher

Treking along

Trekking along!

 

Today the students went to ‘la finca’ for horseback riding. They all enjoyed the various personalities of their horses and the overall ride, including the taxi ride! One of the taxis became a mini karaoke session on the return trip.

After dinner our group created a student led tour of Salamanca for another group of high school students that arrived today from Sacramento. This group is led by a UC Davis PhD graduate that I know from living in Davis. So, we decided it would be fun to have a student led tour of Salamanca and our ECI group was thrilled to take part.

Our group helped the Sacramento students orient themselves on the streets surrounding the main plaza. They also showed them their favorite smoothie stop, ice cream stand, and the famous Calixto and Meribel garden.

It was incredible to see how comfortable our students felt in Salamanca after just a week’s time! Enough so to give this student-centered tour.

Salamanca Day 8

Sunday evening at the movie theatre

Sunday evening at the movie theatre

 

Today was a relaxing Sunday with the students’ favorite activity of the week, sleeping in.  As students started waking up, most relaxed around the dorms until our 2pm set lunch. Because of the rain we cancelled the pool and decided to have an optional movie evening. Half of the group decided to watch a Spanish movie at the local theater, while others stayed back to watch tennis and rest.

Later in the evening it was time for Language Partners and tapas. The students went to three different tapa locations with their Partners to practice Spanish and experience the local cuisine.

Tomorrow back to Spanish classes!

Salamanca Day 7

Today we had a early start at 8am for our group trip to Segovia and Avila.

In Segovia we visited the Roman aqueduct built in the 1st century, which is still standing today with no mortar to hold the stones together.

We followed the aqueduct through numerous plazas until we reached the royal palace of Alcazar. Here Queen Isabel was crowned or as some believe, crowned herself.

After the Alcazar, the students had some time to grab lunch and explore the town before we left for Avila.

Avila is famous for the wall that surrounds it, with 9 gates of entry. Once entering through one of the gates, we visited cathedrals, plazas, and the finger of Santa Teresa.

In Avila I also rewarded the boys with a lemonade for winning the creative photo contest of the day.

We arrived back in Salamanca at 8pm, just in time for dinner!

Walking in Avila

Walking in Avila

Thatcher statue

Thatcher statue

Resting in the church

Resting in the church

Peeking out form Alcazar

Peeking out from Alcazar

Group tour in Segovia

Group tour in Segovia

Checking out the view from the Alcazar

Checking out the view from the Alcazar

Creative photo contest winners

Creative photo contest winners

End of the aqueduct

End of the aqueduct

Girls posing with the mermaid

The girls posing with the mermaid

Group in front of the aqueduct

Group in front of the aqueduct

Beatles of Avila

Beatles of Avila

Aqueduct in Segovia

Aqueduct in Segovia

Alcazat terrace

Alcazar terrace

Alcazar royal palace

Alcazar royal palace