Archives for June 2015

Tuesday June 30th

Today after classes and lunch we headed into town to “Florian”, a local confectioners where we were able to sample delicious chocolates and confit fruits. We walked along Boulevard Anglais and took in the sights such as la Baie des anges and Le Monument des morts. After dinner at Parc Impérial we headed back into town for a ride on the merry-go-round and you guessed it, gelato!!!



Monday 29th and Tuesday June 30th

After the students all spent an exciting weekend with their host families, we started off our Monday morning with a visit to the Hundertwasserhaus, a colourful apartment complex in the heart of Vienna. We then visited the KunstHaus, in which paintings by Friedensreich Hundertwasser are displayed. After lunch, we spent several hours at the Prater, an amusement park in the center of Vienna. The students went on rollercoasters, played arcade games and finally rode the famous Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel), which has become an important landmark in Vienna, and featured in the famous old movie, “The Third Man”.
Today, we spent our day at Schoenbrunn, the Habsburg summer residence. We started off by taking a tour of the palace, before exploring the beautiful palace gardens. Then, students explored the oldest zoo in the world, which is located within the palace grounds.

Salamanca Tuesday Day 3

Buenas Tardes! SalamancaClass

Today we were lucky to have a nice breeze and to be just a couple degrees cooler as compared to yesterday! After a quick breakfast we changed several students to be in a higher level class to keep them challenged and everyone welcomed and appreciate the change. After class we had our daily meeting and the students opted to try their own lunch in the city center. After that many of us took a quick nap before our salsa class!

SalamancaAstronautFrom here we went on a guided tour throughout Salamanca. The group quickly found the astronaut on the facade of the the new cathedral and the frog hidden in above one of the university doors! After finding the frog, legend has it that everyone will be successful in their university studies!

On our tour we also learned the tragic tale of CalixtoSalmancaCalixtoGarden and Melibea while visiting their garden and visited several churches, a convent and the house of shells!
Salamanca is home to the oldest SalamancaHouseShellsuniversity in all of Spain, so there is a lot of history to absorb in this intellectual town,
also know as the “Golden City” because of the type of stone used for many of their buildings!

Tomorrow we look forward to a seminar on Spanish culture followed by a Spanish movie at the theaters!


Monday June 29th

Another great day in Nice! The day began with the students’ French placement test in the morning, followed by lunch at Parc Impérial.
After lunch we headed into town to the Musée Massena, where we learned about the history of Nice and the importance of the “Boulevard Anglais” and the current mayor’s desire to make it a UNESCO site.
After the museum, we headed into Vieux Nice for a walking tour with yet another gelato stop. One of the best ways to beat the heat!
Afterwards we headed to the beach and spent the day relaxing in the sun and swimming off the gelato. We were having such a good time we decided to grab pizzas and bring them back down to the beach to enjoy while watching the sunset.
Everyone is excited for what tomorrow has in store!




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Salamanca Monday Day 2


Today we started our Spanish classes at Mester! After our first set of classes we had our daily meeting to discuss some logistics and the schedule for the day! From here we went straight to lunch in our dorms where Carmen (la cocinera) made a delicious Tortilla Espanola and some pasta. We also did a quick room switch.

Salamanca Lanuage PartnersWe escaped the heat with our siestas and met up again for dinner before heading out to the plaza to meet up with the language partners. Here the students were split up into three different groups to have a two hour walk and chat with these University students that live in Salamanca. You can already see their Spanish improving immensely!

We finished off the night with an attempt to pick up Ayars – success!


Now off to bed in preparation for our classes again tomorrow!

Sarah y Patricia