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Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia September 6th 2011

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 2nd 2011

To save money, I had booked a return flight from Marrakech to London with a ten-hour stopover in Madrid. Ten hours. I have already seen and done Madrid, so what the hell would I do for those ten hours? About a week before I left for Morocco, I saw some photographs on Facebook that was posted by my old school friend Mel. In the photos was one of the most prettiest towns I had ever seen with a fully-intact kick-ass Roman aqueduct and a supermassive cathedral. The place was called Segovia, in Spain. As I wondered how I had managed to miss this place during my tour of Spain four years ago, I checked out its location on Google Maps, hoping by chance that it was close to Madrid. And what do you know, it was ... read more
Plaza Mayor
St Martin's Church

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia April 10th 2011

Just Another SPAIN! What a great weekend! It’s finally NICE outside in Salamanca, time to break out the shorts and sandals! Well, for us foreigners anyway. Spaniards are still wearing pants, scarves and jackets. They seem to have an odd stigma against wearing summer clothes when it’s technically not summer. “It’s only April!” they say as they gawk at your exposed legs and toes. Whatever month it is, it’s hot and I want a tan! On Friday, the majority of our AIFS (American Institute of Foreign Study) group paid a visit to the Cathedral in Salamanca and then went for a collective bike ride along the river. We started by climbing up the spiral staircase of the Ieronimus Tower where, once at the top, we could see spectacular views of the city! Getting up close ... read more
Bike ride in Salamanca
Aqueduct in Segovia
Castle that inspired Disney

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia April 8th 2011

All good things must come to an end and so did our visit to Spain. During our final days in Spain we visited the town of Segovia and the metropolis of Madrid. Segovia is an ancient town about 60 miles northwest of Madrid. Our first sight was the aqueduct. It was built by the Romans (who else?) about 0 CE. The highest section in Segovia is 38 meters (114 feet) tall and uses a double-decker arches design. The entire thing was built without mortar. The remaining section is almost a kilometer long and was restored in the 1990’s so looks very nice. At the top of the hill in the center of town was the cathedral and it was as big as Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It is still an official church but it felt more ... read more
The Painting with the Longest Title
Street Musicians in Madrid

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia March 15th 2011

Well I didn't exactly bring my camera everywhere but I do have a lot more pictures than last time. In Spain, the week before Lent starts, there is a celebration called Carnaval. Basically everyone dresses up in crazy, colorful costumes and there are parades and parties for a week straight. For one of the nights of Carnaval we went to Shoko, a club where my friend Susie is a promoter. The theme was superheroes but most people just wore whatever costumes they had. Lidia, Susie's sister, and I just wore masks, Susie was a clown. Shoko has makeup artists that give free makeovers so Lidia and I decided to do it. It turned out ok except for the girl who did Lidia's makeup got a little eye shadow happy. We had fun going back and forth ... read more

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia February 14th 2011

Again, it has been quite a while since my last post, but I'll keep writing and sharing as long as things stay interesting (which they almost always are!). Among the things one thinks about in terms of immersing oneself in a particular place, the most obvious thing that comes to mind is of course the language! However, this trip has shown me quite a bit more about Spain culturally than just your typical Spanish idioms. Though, aside from your typical idea of what stereotypical Spain might be, everything else one might encounter is very much...American. Going to any mall/grocery store feels like I have been magically transported back to Texas. The general atmosphere is the same, you have your Fast Food section, your typical preppy, Abercrombie-like stores and the occasional 'we buy gold' sections...The grocery stores ... read more
View of Iglesia San Martín from the Alcázar
Iglesia de San Martín
Alcázar from the top

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia January 16th 2011

Sometimes our school organizes excursions outside of Madrid to neighboring towns on Saturdays. This Saturday my friends and I went to the town of Segovia. The ride was about an hour and a half each way, but luckily I brought a blanket and slept both ways. The town was very beautiful. It has a famous, super old aqueduct built by the Romans that was in use until 1959! We also visited a huge castle, which is apparently the castle Disney modeled their castle after. But to me it looks more like Hogwarts. We also went to a gigantic cathedral but we all kind of started loosing focus there. One thing I found interesting there is that today was the celebration day of San Anton (not San Antonio!), god of animals I believe, and everybody is welcome ... read more
Backside of the castle
Sarah, Alanna, and I

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia September 8th 2010

One of the great things about Syracuse, is that they really help you in terms of getting to know the culture, language, and great places while we are here. One of the ways they do this is by offering a couple different weekend day trips to cities close to Madrid. The first of these was to Segovia. Segovia is an incredibly historic town with a population of about 50,000 and is a dedicated UNESCO site. It was a place of great importance during Roman and medieval times, and still has lots of small Roman streets and alleys that are pedestrian only as well as tons of Romanesque churches. It was a very charming town to visit and we went with a couple professors from the university that were able to share all the history and lead ... read more
The Aqueduct
Segovia Cathedral
Alcázar of Segovia

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia May 31st 2010

After leaving Toledo (Holy Toledo comes from it being the center of the church in Spain and largest cathedral in Europe) we headed off to Segovia via a Monastery I have dubbed "Monasterio del ganso salvaje," but I'm getting ahead of myself. Lynn read in one of the guide books that out in the middle of nowhere were some ancient stone bulls, so off we went. After several U-turns in some little towns, and asking for some info at "the bull motel" we were directed to some fields of wildflowers and sure enough there were the bulls...pretty fascinating to be standing where Isabella was declared by her brother to be next in line as queen. Then we headed off to Avila with its spectacular city stone wall and a delightful lunch...thanks Rick Steves for the pointer. ... read more
Wildflower season in Spain
Photo 3

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Segovia March 28th 2010

Our first full day of exploration was in the town of Segovia, around 1 hours drive from Madrid. Kate, Keith and Mille were great tour guides, and decided to take us up through the mountains to see the snow, as you can see in the pictures. We had lots of fun throwing snow balls at each other and being able to see snow on our first day was magical! We then headed down the mountain to Segovia to see the amazing El Acueducto (The Roman Aqueduct). An 894m long, 28m high engineering wonder! This was built without mortar, amazing! We then saw our first cathedral (1st of many to come) and Segovia's 13th century fairytale Alcazar. The interior was stunning and there was 360 degree views from the torre de juan II (The tower). We got ... read more
Us and Snow!!!

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