Lower Merion High School Spanish teacher Myra Rios and ten students recently continued their Spanish language learning journey during a transformative educational trip to Salamanca, Spain with the Travel & Education Program.
According to Wikitravel, "it is the radiant quality of the stones used to build their university, churches and cathedrals that has given Salamanca the nickname 'La Dorada' - the golden city" and students got to experience this beauty first-hand during the life-changing trip.
Throughout their journey, students took Spanish language immersion classes and when not in the classroom, they had ample time to fully experience the captivating traditions of Spain through day trips, excursions and cultural activities. Students visited the Plaza de Toros to meet with a professional bullfighter who demonstrated (with a mechanical bull) the choreography he uses during an exhibition; enjoyed Flamenco dancing and tortilla cooking lessons; and much more.
The group also visited other cities during their trip including Madrid, where they toured El Palacio Real, El Prado Museum, the famous Plaza del Sol and the Plaza Mayor. In Segovia, the Lower Merion contingent visited the famous Alcazar, the childhood home of Queen Isabel. In Avila, students walked on top of a fully intact medieval wall that surrounds the entire city.
"There is a tangible transformative value of out of the classroom, real world learning," said Rios about the experience abroad. "Our students have come back cultivated and proud."
To view a slideshow of pictures from throughout the trip, click on the image below!