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Latest 2020 Espana ECS Posts

March 09, 2020

Espana ECS | La Alhambra

¡Hola! This morning we all reunited at “Plaza Isabel la Catolica” after the first night in our homestays. We then headed to a local university, where we took a multiple-part test to determine our levels of spanish. Our group was then split in half and we attended our classes until about 2:00 in the afternoon. After a quick lunch break, we walked to La Alhambra. La Alhambra is a historical military fortress which served as defense for the city of Granada. It is located on top of one of the...
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March 08, 2020

Espana ECS | Sleeping Toledo

¡Toledo! Toledo is an ancient sleeping creature in the southern mountains of Spain. Well, in reality, it’s not sleeping; you can’t say that after seeing a parade of women (including many drums) going down the skinny, cobblestone streets.Our first view of Toledo was from outside it, looking down on the sprawling city. The view was incredible. It was easy to imagine the many Jew and Muslims who first saw the city as we did after long journeys many years ago. Upon entering, Toledo...
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March 07, 2020

Espana ECS | Daily Life in Spain

    ¡Hola de España! If you haven’t seen it, we made it safely. We spent our first hours recovering from jet lag and exploring and discovering la ciudad maravillosa de Madrid. We have visited El Museo Nacional de Reina Sofía y el Museo Prado, and discovered the artistic side of España. We had the experience of seeing La Guernica, Las Meninas, and many other artworks by the likes of Dali, Picasso, El Greco, Velazquez, and many others. It was interesting to see in real life the...
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March 03, 2020

Espana | 2020 John-Alex Mason ECS Scholarship Recipient

Senior Estin N. ’20 has studied Spanish since the 1st grade, but he hasn’t had the opportunity to experience a full immersion in the language — until now. He is traveling to Granada, Spain, this week as the 2020 recipient of the John-Alex Mason Experience-Centered Seminar (ECS) Scholarship.  “It means a lot to me. It gives me pride,” he said of receiving the scholarship. “One of the main draws for me with this ECS is I’ve never done home-stays before, and being able to...
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February 17, 2020

Espana ECS | Course Description

La Influencia Mora en España: Language Immersion in Granada, Spain Essential question: ¿What was the influence of the Moorish culture in the Spanish architecture, languageand culture? ¿How is the Moorish heritage still present in Spain?Course description: This ECS travels to Granada, Spain. Students will hone their Spanish language skills,explore topics related to the Moorish culture and its influence in the Spanish culture, and engage inmeaningful service-learning projects. Students...
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The view looking down on Toledo. March 08, 2020

Espana ECS | Sleeping Toledo

¡Toledo! Toledo is an ancient sleeping creature in the southern mountains of Spain. Well, in reality, it’s not sleeping; you can’t say that after seeing a parade of women (including many drums) going down the skinny, cobblestone streets.Our first view of Toledo was from outside it, looking...
» read more
El Palacio Real, Madrid right before la comida. March 07, 2020

Espana ECS | Daily Life in Spain

    ¡Hola de España! If you haven’t seen it, we made it safely. We spent our first hours recovering from jet lag and exploring and discovering la ciudad maravillosa de Madrid. We have visited El Museo Nacional de Reina Sofía y el Museo Prado, and discovered the artistic side of España....
» read more
Estin N. ’20 is the 2020 recipient of the John-Alex Mason Experience-Centered Se March 03, 2020

Espana | 2020 John-Alex Mason ECS Scholarship Recipient

Senior Estin N. ’20 has studied Spanish since the 1st grade, but he hasn’t had the opportunity to experience a full immersion in the language — until now. He is traveling to Granada, Spain, this week as the 2020 recipient of the John-Alex Mason Experience-Centered Seminar (ECS) ...
» read more
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