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Reflexión: me he enriquecido como persona

Reflection: I have been enriched as a person through studying abroad.  My view of cultural emmersion coming to Toledo was that I would be able to experience the traditions that I learned about in Spanish class, the Paella, the Flamenco dancing, the siestas etc. The real emmerison happened when I realized that the Paella is well known in La Comunidad de Valenciana (I am not studying in the Conunidad de Valenciana, I am in Castilla-La Mancha), Flamenco dancing is most traditionally from southern Spain and not everyone has time to […]

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Semana 12: Los molinos, Windmills

The featured image is from my favorite part of this week. A friend surprised me with the opportunity to see the windmills from Don Quixote! Don Quixote is a famous Spanish novel that was written by Miguel de Cervantes in the early 1600s. The main character in the book is a knight named Don Quixote. In one part of the book, Don Quixote fights with windmills, the ones that are behind me in the featured image. Last weekend, a group of students and I went to Segovia, Spain. This 2,000 […]

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Hola, ¡Toledo!

Buenas días (o noches, dependiente en cuando lees esto), ¡todos! Yep, that was Spanish: I arrived in Madrid this past Friday, 13 January and settled in Toledo the next day. On Friday, I left Mondaye Abbey with Adam, another SNC student studying in Toledo who accompanied the class at Mondaye for the week. We departed by car around 7:45 a.m. (still dark out, but much warmer than Wisconsin was at the time) for Bayeux, where we caught a train to Caen. From Caen, we took a bus to Orly Airport […]

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Wandering Around Toledo & The Bus System

Today, leandra and I decided we were going to have a photo shoot around toledo. We got all dolled up to take pictures and no more than 10 minutes into it, it started raining, then it poured! (with no rain on the radar) instead of being disappointed about the temperamental weather, we decided to make the most of it; we took pictures in the rain! While trying to make our way to the bridge, we came across a couple of brazilian guys who were really nice! We talked to them […]

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Day Two of Classes

Today I went to my grammar class which I am super excited about because I think it will help tremendously! I haven’t taken a grammar heavy class since high school, so I have a hard time with choosing which way to conjugate and how to do so. I bought my books today and they were only 33€!!! That’s like 40$ for all the books I need. I’m used to paying that for 1/2 of a book in the US! I had some extra time after that so Mara, LeAndra and […]

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First Day of Classes

Today we had our first day of classes, and I rode the bus for the first time. I had a hard time understanding my first professor because he spoke very quickly. My second class of the day was canceled, so I was able to siesta (nap). I was able to meet the woman I will be working for these next few months at las cortes de castilla – la mancha. The walk is pretty easy and had a breathtaking view that i will have to take pictures of later, but […]

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Assimilating

After Madrid, I didn’t do much other than school and explore more of Toledo. My experience has been great, but I definitely had a rough week after Madrid. I had finally passed out of the “honeymoon” stage of my trip and was definitely getting into the heart of being a Spaniard, and even though I semi-know the language and the culture, learning about it and actually experiencing it is completely different. I love my host family. They are truly great people, but sometimes it is really hard. I feel like […]

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Madrid

I know that it has been awhile and I’m sorry. So many things have happened and I can’t wait to tell you! One of the first things was that I went to Madrid. I’ve already been there, but it was great seeing it again with out the strict rules that we had to follow in high school! We stayed at a hostel, which was my first experience with one. It was great! I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but it definitely exceeded expectations. I stayed in a 5 […]

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A Week into the Trip

Hey all, It has been a little over a week here in Toledo!  It is so weird how it feels like I have been here for way longer than a week.  I love it.  I literally live in a fortress!  Toledo is surrounded by a natural moat, a river that covers 3/4 of the city, the rest is surrounded by a wall.  No wonder the Romans decided on this location.  I went for a walk the other day around the river and looked at old Roman structure remains and the architecture of […]

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Amelia: Sí, Yo Hablo Español

I fell off the blogging boat. Actually, I should admit that I jumped off. About halfway through my semester in Toledo, Spain I got sick of blogging and spending time on the computer and started enjoying myself instead. That’s not to say I don’t like blogging, or that I stopped writing about my experiences–I just stopped composing them into blog posts and publishing them online. But now that the semester is over and I’ve started my travels about Europe, I thought I’d use some down time (recovering from full days […]

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Amelia: Do Cats Eat Pomegranates? (A trip to Granada and Córdoba)

Much to my parents’ chagrin, the photos I take when I travel almost never have me in them. Of the 300+ photos I took of on a recent trip to Granada and Córdoba, I appear in six of them. In my defense, it’s a little hard for me to include pictures of myself using my own camera. I never want to stop the fun and bother someone else (who’s probably busy snapping their own photos) to take my picture, nor do I ever particularly enjoy sitting awkwardly while someone tries […]

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Amelia: And Just a Smidge of Weird: A Weekend in Lisbon

If you Google “Lisbon,” you’ll probably come up with a lot of the same pictures I took with my camera this past weekend. I have pictures of some famous monuments, beautiful views, and pictures of me in front of famous monuments and beautiful views. But what I loved most about Lisbon and what I’ll undoubtedly remember about this beautiful city is all the little things we saw in between the major tourist sites. The Lisbon I saw had lovely tiled buildings, an impressive monastery, cathedrals–but here’s a look at a […]

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Amelia: Carnaval, an Introvert’s Nightmare

While I’m no misanthrope, I will say that I generally prefer people in small doses. Having inherited introvert tendencies from my lovely parents, there’s only so much I can take when it comes to crowds and social interaction. Carnaval, then, definitely drained my energy. Carnaval, which means “Carnival,” is a nearly week long festival celebrated before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. From what I understand, the idea is to get all the sin out of your system before Lent starts–also, to eat as much meat as […]

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Quintin: A Spanish Justin Bieber?

¡Hola! While I have heard that I should blog about food, I am still in the process of translating my cooking classes into English. My apologies. Before I launch into the first part of my journey alone to London in my next blog, I’ll tell you briefly about my week. I had class. There, now that my week is out of the way, I will move on to the past two days. Yesterday, I got a love package from my mom! (Thanks, Mom!) it weighed so much that carrying it […]

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Amelia: A Sense of Spain

The more I travel, the more I realize how much sight dominates the other senses. Eyes guide the camera, show you magnificent cathedrals and ancient city walls. But while I was visiting Ávila, which has both of the aforementioned sights, I was struck by how the small city appealed to another of my five senses–my hearing. Ávila greeted me with a happy chorus of bells. As we walked into the Plaza Mayor (I’m learning that every city in Spain seems to have some version of a “Plaza Mayor”), the large […]

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