Last week of travel after our True Immersion Week
“Parting can be such sweet sorrow,” and that it was in Santander. The students spent one wonderful week with Spanish families living the authentic Spanish life. They were able to integrate into the culture and life of Spain and each student had a unique and special experience. When it was time to leave, there were lots of hugs and Spanish kisses. We had to continue our journey, so we said goodbye to Santander and headed to Bilbao so that we could catch our flight to Sevilla.
Dinner in Sevilla
Upon arrival in Sevilla we were greeted by great weather. The temperature was about eighty-five degrees, which was a lot better than the usual scorching hot hundred degree weather. In Sevilla, the students were given the opportunity to visit the beautiful gardens of the Alcazar. Half of the group chose to make this visit and the other half chose to relax at the hotel. Afterward we had a delicious Spanish dinner at La Cueva in the plaza Dona Elvira. Students choose between a first plate, a second plate and dessert. The first plate options were gazpacho, melon with jamon serrano or salad. The second plate options consisted of paella valenciana, fried calamari, garlic chicken or spaghetti. For dessert options were fruit or chocolate cake, of course majority of the students elected the chocolate cake! In the morning we said goodbye and headed to Cordoba.
Upon arrival in Cordoba, the students were given free time for lunch followed by a guided tour of the Mosque. The Mosque in Cordoba is especially unique because it is the only one in the world that has a Catholic church inside. The combination of the original Arabic architecture with the later alterations that consisted of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque design make it very authentic and interesting to visit. After this historical visit we made a relaxing visit to the Arab baths. Here the students were able to bath in pools of different temperatures and relax. It was a nice way to escape the heat and rejuvenate. Afterward, we went to an Arab restaurant and had an Arab dinner. After getting a good taste of Cordoba we left the next morning and headed to Granada.
Seeing the amazing Alhambra in Granada
The English translation of Granada is pomegranate. Thus, the city is speckled with images of pomegranates. Even the street posts have pomegranates on top. Granada was the last city to be conquered by the Catholic king and queen and thus, it has a strong Arabic influence. Upon arrival in Granada the students were given time to grab lunch and relax. Afterward, we met up to take a guided tour of the amazing Alhambra. The Alhambra (which can be translated to mean “the red fortress”), it is an amazing fortress as well as a palace. The Alhambra also has breath taking gardens that we got to explore. This was breathtaking visit was one that all the students enjoyed!
We then had a delicious dinner at Azafran. The students said it was their favorite dinner of the whole trip. They also really enjoyed the views from the restaurant which consisted of a view of the Alhambra amongst many other things. After the dinner we went to the Cuevas las Tarantos to see a Flamenco show. After this fun filled day the students were ready to go back to the hotel and sleep. The next morning we said goodbye to Granada and headed for Nerja.
Our arrival in Nerja
We arrived in Nerja around noon today. The students are excited to spend the next couple of days by the beach. We have a lot of fun activities planned for today and tomorrow however, the students will also get some time to relax and enjoy the beach. It is hard to believe that we only have two more days left, time flies when you are having fun!
– Kelli, U.S. chaperone, Salamanca 2