Living, Learning & Growing in a Foreign Culture
Pathways Abroad provides a unique educational experience for teenage boys and young adults who welcome the challenges of living, learning, and growing in a foreign culture. We are a perfect choice for students who have finished High School ( or are in the process of finishing High School) and are looking for a supervised Gap Year Experience before enrolling in College.
Our abroad Experiences focus on Music and Music Production, Learning Spanish, and Intercultural Collaboration, and Adventure Travel.
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August 26th 2011
What a whirlwind July and August was! Our trip to Pamplona in July took us from the southern coast of Spain all the way to the northern border and into France. Spain is beautiful and spacious, with breathtaking mountain and ocean views, spectacular history, and ancient plazas and buildings that still radiate a glorious past. We had so many extra pictures from our last 6 weeks in Spain that we decided to post them here without the usual narrative. We are currently in Argentina and will be moving onto Chile soon ! Now that we are closer to catching up, we'll soon be posting new pictures from South America. (To enlarge the pictures, click on each individual image.)... read more
August 21st 2011
Early last month, we took a road trip from the bottom of Spain to the top, to Pamplona, and then onward to San Sebastian, and then into France. The first day we drove north from Malaga, stopping over night outside of Madrid. The next day we proceeded on for 6 more hours to Pamplona, arriving the afternoon before the opening ceremony of the San Fermin Festival. (which Ernest Hemingway helped make famous in the 1920s) The Festival which runs continuously for over a week features The Running of the Bulls each morning at 8. We were happy to watch the first Running of the Bulls from our seats in the Bullring. We had been advised to go to the Bullring since we would be able to watch the entire street running craziness on the large screen ... read more
July 28th 2011
These past few months in Spain, we have fallen far behind with the blogs. We have been to so many places since Granada in May that I've decided to publish back to back blogs to catch up. If you are on our list of subscribers, you'll most likely receive a few more individual e-mail invitations in the next day or two to see up-coming entries. Most of our blog entries (including those to follow this one), are of our trips. But we have so many photos of life around our bases in Comares and Malaga, that I wanted to make sure I posted some of them. Most of the pictures in this blog entry were taken the last week in June and the the first week of July. During this time, while Zack was on a ... read more
July 28th 2011
Posted here are pictures taken on our two trips to the opposite corners of Southern Spain The first photos were taken in Tarifa, which is just west of Gibraltar. At Tarifa, we enjoyed the warm waters of the Atlantic which we expected to be colder than the Mediterranean. We figured that the warm water was mainly due to the fact that the shallow depths extended a lot further out from the beach. We camped next to a tower that was constructed during the time that The Spanish and British Navies were at war. (around the time of The Battle of Trafalger in 1805) We couldn't resist climbing the tower which turned out to be a real adventure. The top of our climb rewarded us with a great view of the coast which is one of the ... read more
June 4th 2011
Last month we took a trip to Granada which is just an hour and a half drive east from our place in Comares. Granada is the home of the Alhambra, the most well preserved example of the ancient Moorish presence in Spain. The town has an exotic, bohemian feel, with lots of artists, craftspeople students and travelers. In the distance, to the south of the city are the snow-covered Sierra Nevada which are the highest mountains in Spain. We stayed in an excellent youth hostel right downtown next to the main plaza, where we met some interesting and friendly travelers from Spain, Canada, The US, France, Italy, and Australia. We sampled our first paella at the Saturday night dinner at the hostel. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish which combines saffron rice with chicken, pork, mussels, ... read more
May 26th 2011
These pictures were taken during the first three weeks of our stay here Spain. We are in Andalucia in Southern Spain, which is new territory for all of us. Our house is located on the side of a hill overlooking a small valley northwest of Comares which is approx. 15 kilometers northwest of Malaga on the Mediterranean Coast. Comares is a gem of a little pueblo that clings to the top of a mountain just 2 or 3 kilometers away (as the crow flies). We are surrounded by groves of olive and almond trees which cover the hills. There are cacti and other exotic plants all around. Because it's been such a rainy Winter and early Spring here, the hills are especially green for this time of year. The sound of the goats and sheep as ... read more
June 10th 2010
From Iquique, we headed south and east into the great Atacama desert. This marked the halfway point in our trip in both time and distance. We had traveled nearly 3,000 kilometers north from Bariloche to Iquique. The first leg of the second half of the trip took us us east through the desert to the Tourist Mecca of San Pedro de Atacama. We had been wondering if San Pedro would be able to live up to all of the hype that we'd been hearing. It has become a must see stopover for Gringos traveling in South America. After an easy 7 hour drive from Iquique, we stopped and marveled at Valle de la Luna which overlooks the oasis town of San Pedro. We found San Pedro to be remarkably charming. It has a stong counter-culture element ... read more
June 5th 2010
This blog entry covers the first half of our trip from Bariloche, Argentina north to Iquique, Chile. We crossed into Chile from Villa La Angostura and then stopped at a river near Puyehue. There we dug out pools in a streambed which filled with natural hot spring water bubbling up from below . We relaxed in the hot springs till the stars came out and then drove on for another hour to Orsorno, where we spent the night. The next day, we drove to La Serena where we stayed in a great hostel and made friends with some of the other travelers from France, Australia, and New Zealand. La Serena is a really nice town but we decided to push on since the town was covered by a cool fog and we were hoping to find ... read more
May 4th 2010
The first photos are from our trip to Cerro Tronador which is the highest mountain in the region. It is an inactive volcano capped with numerous glaciers from which huge chunks of ice frequently break off and fall from the steep sides. When large pieces of ice crash into the rocks many hundreds of feet below, the sound is almost indistinguishable from thunder. We spent two days up on the mountain after a surprizingly tough hike up from Pampa Linda. On the way up, we met a great guy from Bariloche, Mathias, who hiked and talked with us the rest of the way up the mountain. We camped in a great spot surrounded on three sides by the glacier. The first day we spent our time taking little exploratory hikes, resting our weary bones, and marveling ... read more
March 31st 2010
A few kilometers behind our house, there is a vast and secluded area of forest and streams. This place, like much of the region around Bariloche, has a stunning variety of vegetation since three distinct forests converge here. We are on the western edge of the Valdivian Rainforest which brings a dense canopy of alerce, arrayan, cipress, and the giant coigue trees with thick patches of bamboo on the ground. A Deciduous Alpine Forest blends in from the higher elevations and a Coniferous Forest located to our east adds pine trees. This fusion of wildly different vegetation makes a simple walk throught the woods a real experience. On a Sunday afternoon, we discovered a stream called "Casa de Piedras " that became more amazing as went further upstream. The weather was overcast with a light shower ... read more