Language Learning in Salamanca

Riding horses, cooking class, and local museums

On Monday, The Super Seven attended their first class at Mester. The first half of the Spanish class covers grammar and the second half is conversation, which gives them an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned as well as cover cultural topics. They always leave their conversation class with new colloquial words and terms that impress me. After class on Monday we joined the Salamanca 1 group and went to a Ranch to ride horses. Nikki’s ridding skills were truly outstanding. As we relaxed on the grass Bull showed his true comprehension of the Spanish “siesta” as he took a nice long nap.

Learning to prepare a traditional Spanish meal

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had a cooking class in the afternoon. Half of the group attended class on Tuesday and the other half on Wednesday. On the day the students didn’t cook they had free time to explore Salamanca on their own. During free time the girls quickly found the street that is bursting with fashionable clothing stores and they managed to indulge in some shopping. On the day the students cooked they learned how to make sangria (don’t worry it was non-alcoholic), gazpacho, tortilla Española, and traditional paella. Perhaps you can test them on their cooking skills when they return and ask them to make a Spanish meal. They have the recipes!

Exploring Salamanca

On Thursday the students had a nice relaxing afternoon at the pool and on Friday they visited the car museum and an art deco museum called Casa Lis. Friday evening they met up with language partners to practice their Spanish and take a tour of the city. On Saturday they had free time during the day. During the afternoon we joined the Salamanca One group to have a goodbye ice cream and wish them luck as they head off into their immersion week. We will see them again at the end of this week for travel in Southern Spain. We also went out with them at night to have some fun and sing Karaoke. Gabe showed us his hidden skills as he joined another student from Salamanca One to serenade us with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. “Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Figaro – magnifico.”

– Kelli McGiven, US Leader

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