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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia June 7th 2012

After Madrid I had a fantastic final week. On Wednesday we decided o go for a hike. There are many mountains in the area if you couldn’t guess from the pictures. The bus ride was about 20 minutes out of the city (it was 2.50 both ways too) and we found the trail up to the mountain by walking toward the mountain and getting help from a random stranger. I’m glad they knew enough Spanish because I could not understand what was going. All in all we went up the mountain for two and a half hours and ended up finding a place to relax and enjoy Nutella-Peanut Butter Sandwiches. The view was incredible because we could see all the way out into the city and to various places we have visited in the area, like ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 31st 2012

For now these pictures are not mine, I will go back through and add some from our group. Here was my week in a nutshell: Monday: Nothing happened. Went to class did work relaxed in Spain. Summary complete. On Tuesday, we took an excursion to La Granja and the Palacio Real. It is a huge palace that is based on the one in Versailles. The first part that we saw were the gardens, which are one of the last French-style gardens left. It wasn’t overgrown but it wasn’t perfectly kept up. That is intentional because a lot of places seem false or fake because of their perfect appearance. This place is like a perfect place that could be real as far as everyone who doesn’t know is concerned. At the far end of the gardens is ... read more
El Palacio Real
Alcazar of Segovia
AVE of Spain

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia » Casla May 28th 2012

Good morning from Segovia, Its monday morning and seeing as yesterday I posted nothing ,here goes. I think this will be more photos than text as yesterday was Sunday and I took the scenic route. I started from Plasencia at just before eight in the morning and headed up the Jerte valley. Almost no traffic and wonderful scenery. I turned off the N110 to head into the Gredos. Following sadvice from The "Best biking roads "Site I crossed over the whole mountain range. Awesome and built for motorbikes. I stopped for breakfast at a well known bike Cafe and had a Bocadillo and several coffees before heading on. My plan had been to stay in Avila but I took a detour to San lorenzo de Estorial. Amazing building but too many sunday trippers. Me and myself ... read more
Early morning
Heading into the Gredos
Snow on the peaks

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 24th 2012

I apologize for the lack of communication for the last few days. Here is what I have been up to: Mostly I have been really Spanish. I am embracing the culture. And by that I mean I have been lazy about everything. Love it here, but the people are so lazy about working in spite of being in “La Crisis.” Nothing major has been happening. I have been finding my rhythm for living here and its been nice getting used to the slower life. On Wednesday I tried Spanish churros, which are like plain funnel cake made in long strips. On their own they are not exciting. It is the thick chocolate dip served with them that make them worth getting. It is pretty much melted Hershey chocolate and completely fattening. Not that that is a ... read more
Iron Men
Hot Air Balloons over the Aqueduct
Arroz Negro

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 22nd 2012

Well howdy. First off I want to apologize for butchering the Spanish language. I usually just butcher the English language. Most of the word that I have learned have been in speech and I give the spelling mixed up. Spanish is a phonetic language and it doesn’t matter how I spell things for the most part here, but I am talking to Americans who cannot write a paper without Autocorrect but decide that their mastery of English qualifies them to be grammar Nazis. Damn Facebook. Here is what I have been up to. On Sunday I slept in and did nothing really. In the evening I watched Terminator 3 and Police Academy in Spanish. I thought that Terminator was cool when he said “volverá” because I knew what he was talking about (it literally means She’ll ... read more
The Distillery

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 19th 2012

If one is tempted, do not take a Spanish class or a teacher with a Spanish accent at a time when you are tired. It lulls you right to sleep. This I found out around noon on Friday. My professor was talking and he asked me some things and I answered but as soon as he went on to the rest of the class I began wondering why my eyes were closed. Funny, I never stopped hearing his voice and I could have answered at any time. Apparently everyone else was falling asleep, too. Lunch was deliciousas usual. I am going to have to run for days to get the extra weight that I am going to have off, but I worry about that later. After my siesta I met up with some of my friends ... read more
El Aqueducto por la Noche
Santa María
Outside of the Closed Winery

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 17th 2012

What has happened in the last couple of days? Hmm. Lets see. Wednesday was uneventful. I found myself wanting to go to sleep more than I did. The day just kind of slipped away with homework. I wish I knew Spanish so that my homework would go faster. But the language is actually not that bad. I have enjoyed the work classes and my host family’s words are becoming easier and easier to interpret. Al in all nothing much happened on Wednesday so on to Thursday. I also decided to keep it calm and spend very little time on homework. I found some postcards that will probably get back to NC after me. I also found some shops for good souvenirs and gifts. I like to say that because I am not getting most of you ... read more
Empanadas de Atul
Judias Blancas
Cheeseburger and Bacon Pizza

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 15th 2012

Hola! Just to warn everybody. I write these things in chunks during the day so hopefully it makes sense. It may also mean that I forget things so my apologies. Today started off much better. I got up and I could not understand what was going on for 5 minutes but my Spanish came back eventually. I think that I can understand a little more today than yesterday. I do not know if that will continue. Breakfast was simple, I had some crackers and hot chocolate and then did my homework before class. Class started at 10:am and on my way out to go I learned why people do not wear shorts here. The temperature was in the upper 50’s and lower 60’s. It makes sense because this is the mountains. All of Spain is in ... read more
The Aquaduct
Las Crocetas
La Catedral

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 14th 2012

It has definitely been an interesting day thus far. It started at 5:30 in Raleigh and realizing how tired this past semester has made me. So tired in fact that I did not realize that my flight left at 10:40 am instead of 8:30 am like I thought. Well, it was disappointing when I had to wait around for 2 hours after getting up so early. One piece of good fortune almost fell in my lap after I went to the gate. The attendant at the desk asked for a volunteer to take a flight that was an hour later than mine to New York so that someone that bought the ticket at the last minute could have a seat. In return they were offering a $300 flight voucher for another plane ticket in the future. ... read more
Main Campus During Take-off
Segovia Skyline

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia April 8th 2012

Just a week before, I was in Segoviawith some friends. We made it for late lunch here after a morning spent in Avila. That time, the sun was out and we made it through the day with light jackets. Snow in April? Not this time. By the time we got off the AVE train from Madrid, it was raining and the field across the Segovia-Guiomar Train Station was fully blanketed with snow! Bus #11 was jampacked with train passengers eager to reach the heart of the historic city of Segovia some 7 kilometers away. The bus stopped right before the 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct. We had the good sense to make reservations for late lunch at the Meson de Candido by the Azoguejo, now run by the fourth generation of the same family who made ... read more
The Inn By the Segovian Aqueduct
a Monument to Candido

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