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17/3/22

Yesterday, students had their Spanish language classes until 1pm.  After lunch, the cultural item on the agenda was Salsa dance.  This was immensely enjoyed by all and native Spanish teacher, Jesus put students through their paces.

Today, the afternoon cultural activity was the visit to the 15th century Dominican Monastery, decorated in a Plateresque style.  There, much was learnt about the strong upholding of the support of human rights by the Dominican order and how according to tradition that Christopher Columbus had stayed in the monastery when he came to Salamanca in order to defend his idea of reaching the Indies by sailing west, in opposition to the geographers of the University.  Also, the martyrdom of St Stephen, featured in the tympanum, with the calvary was explained to the students.

Tomorrow, on the agenda is the presentation of the diplomas and certificates at 1pm, by the Academic Director.  This is followed by the fact -finding treasure hunt, with prizes to be won.  A very special paella awaits them tomorrow evening.   Everybody on the tour is commenting how much of a bonding experience it is here in Salamanca and how much the language learning has moved beyond the confines of the classroom to local, daily, colloquial interactions ..shops, cafes and all……enjoying the beautiful historical wonders of ‘la ciudad dorada’.  The Spanish language learning experience continues tomorrow.
 

15/3/22

Today, in Salamanca, after an extremely successful  morning of Spanish language classes, Midleton College students climbed up to the top of la Catedral.  They learnt how formerly it had been inhabited in ancient times, how open windows in the 16th century were used as vantage points to fend off the enemy with bow and arrow, the seating arrangement of how the poor and more wealthy members of society were seated, how local salmantinos tested the outside structure of the walls, by climbing up with ropes and sounding a flute and beating the drums to announce to the local salmantinos that the external structure was still fully safe and intact…

Following on from this, students headed on towards the famous ‘huerto’, where the local tragic love story of Calixto and Melibea bore a strong resemblance with that of Romeo and Juliet.

The evening ended with ‘chocolate y churros’ - a welcome energy booster after the exertions of having climbed to the top of the cathedral!