Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day 20, May 7, 2011

Today was our last day in Segovia. The last three weeks went by sooo quickly! I cannot even believe it!

It was a nice and relaxing last day. I slept in until 12:30, glorious! I had lunch with my host family and a girl who had been staying with them until right before I came. Megan and I went to our cafe for one last time and said goodbye to the waiters we had gotten to know. We did some last minute shopping, well more I did some last minute shopping!!! Then we hung out at Megan's house for a little, and then it was dinner time!

Off to Madrid tomorrow! Adios Segovia...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Day 19, Friday, May 6, 2011

Today we had out last class. We all did presentations about Spanish art/architecture.

This afternoon we had an excursion. We visited four churches and a monastery. The monastery was neat, and the church that is attached to the monastery is huge and very old. It was pretty neat! The other two churches were also very pretty. The one church was VERY small and polygonal shaped which was different.

Tonight we had a "good bye" dinner at Candido, a famous Spanish restaurant that my host mom's family owns! We all went with our host mom's. It was a TON of fun! We ate so much, I might be full until I get home! It was a little sad realizing our time here is almost done and we will soon have to say good bye to our families.

I can't believe our time here is almost up! Tomorrow is our last day in Segovia and then Sunday we go to Madrid!

Day 18, Thursday, May 5, 2011

Today I learned how to make a Spanish tortilla. Spanish tortilla is more like an omelet than what American's know as a tortilla. A Spanish tortilla includes: potatoes, onion, egg, oil, and salt. It is actually not too difficult to make, except for the part where you have to flip the skillet over and the tortilla goes onto a plate. Olympia, my host family's housekeeper taught me how to make tortilla today at lunch. I will have to attempt it once I get back in the states!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 17, Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Not much to report today...

We had our last class this morning and then had a free afternoon. Tomorrow we have our last test! And then we have presentations Friday. Spent most of today studying, although we did take a break for some ice cream, a little walk, and then some café con leche.

Barcelona won the soccer game last night, which made my host mom VERY happy! Cannot believe we have less than a week left before we head home. Friday night we have a farewell dinner with our host mom's and we live for Madrid Sunday morning. Time sure is flying by...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 16, Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Today we had a free afternoon. Yesterday, my mom and step-dad arrived in Segovia (they decided to take a trip to Spain, something they have always wanted to do, while I was here). Megan I showed them some of the different sights around Segovia both yesterday and today. We got to share some of the knowledge we have learned about the area and play tour guide! They treated me, Megan, and Caitlin to dinner last night and they also got to meet my host parents (and Kimba)!

Day 15, Monday, May 2, 2011

Today we went on an excursion to La Catedral which is the final of the three major sites in Segovia (The Aquaduct, El Alcazar, and La Catedral). The Catedral is a Roman Catholic Gothic church built between 1525-1577 by mason Juan Gil de Hontañón and the work was then continued by his son Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón. The Catedral was built to replace a church that was in front of the Alcazar but was destroyed during the Revolt of the Comuneros. The Cathedral was built in La Plaza Mayor, not in front of the Alcazar because the king did not want the new church to be destroyed during some other war (wars used to be fought from the towers of castles, such as that of the Alcazar).

We were not allowed to take pictures inside the Cathedral but I have included some photos of the exterior. It is an absolutely beautiful church. The inside is just amazing! The are a bunch of small chapels along all four walls with intricate and amazing altars and sculptures. Families could rent these out to use personally. The main altar is also beautiful as is the stained glass windows and the several organs inside of the building.

Day 14, Sunday, May 1, 2011

Today we hiked up La Sierra de Guadaramma, which is a mountain range near Segovia. It was about a 3 hour hike in all. We all made it up and down with no major problems! There were AMAZING views from the top of the amount, especially of La Granja! Enjoy the pictures!