Proctor en Segovia: Farewell Dear Old Spain, Until We Meet Again!

Posted by Proctor en Segovia

05/27/2016

The end is here
The time I've feared
Where I must return home
Where I've always roamed
Goodbye to this country of beauty
I have done my duty
I have learned your ways
Here I have spent the best of days
Sadly I must say goodbye
For the end is nigh
So farewell dear old Spain
Until we meet again!

~ Matt Arruda

Proctor en Segovia gazes out at the Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco!
Gazing in awe at the Strait of Gibraltar and the African continent (Morocco) in the background!

Clink, clink, clash is all I hear as people fling themselves like flies to an orangey-wooden seat. People filed in like cattle after a long day in the hot sun. The room all of a sudden became dark as the night sky. Three wooden chairs suddenly appear along with three males. One was singing a tiny tune while the other one moved in sync and began humming. Then the last man, the guitarist, appeared. The floor started to shake like an earthquake had just hit as two females come out onto the stage. They were in the most colorful and electric colors I have ever seen. They lit up the room with their dancing. For the hour everyone was glued to their seats. Eyes were on the three men in the chairs and the two women who were dancing. Every three seconds there were booming sound like thunder because the women moved their bodies that fast. Once in a while you got a swish of cold blasting air in your face from the twirls of their skirts. The hour went by fast, but they truly showed their dancing skills. Flamenco is a traditional Spanish dance that most Sevillanos know. Flamenco is a dance and it is not spelled like “flamingo.”

~ Sadie Slattery

Proctor en Segovia watches a Flamenco performance in Sevilla
Understanding Flamenco is essential to understanding Sevilla (and Andalucía in general).

Proctor en Segovia visits Sevilla's Alcázar
Sevilla’s Alcázar, a fascinating amalgamation of Islamic and Christian art and architectural traditions.

Proctor en Segovia visits Sevilla

Proctor en Segovia visits Sevilla
The river Guadalquivir and wrought iron.

Proctor en Segovia gazes out at the Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco!

The cacti have come
It's only a land of dry
Only dust can move here

Cowboys and Indy
The only things I see here
This is a heaven

The land is going
I will see again or not
Time will only tell

The breeze is angry
A force of nature takes me
Pulling me to rocks

Tears roll on down
The goodbyes are fast yet slow
But we'll keep in touch

I wave to the sky
I will always see the blue
But on different land

~ Matt Arruda

Proctor en Segovia visits Cabo de Gata, Almería
Like Spain, the climate and geography of the region of Andalucía varies greatly — from snow-covered Sierra Nevada to the marshes and sand dunes at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river to the Tabernas Desert in Almería.

Proctor en Segovia hikes to a beach in Cabo de Gata National Park
Hiking on the GR-92, yes the same Mediterranean trail we hiked on in Catalonia, to a hidden beach!

Proctor en Segovia hikes to a beach in Cabo de Gata National Park
Playa Cala de Enmedio (Beach of the Cove In Between)

 Proctor en Segovia hikes to a beach in Cabo de Gata National Park

Proctor en Segovia visits Cabo de Gata, Almería
Playa Monsul. If this rock looks familiar, it may be because it was featured in “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.”

Proctor en Segovia making homemade sandwiches!
Grey is our resident bocadillo (Spanish sandwich on baguette-style bread) master chef.

 Proctor en Segovia making homemade sandwiches!
Eating these delicious creations of jamón serrano, queso manchego, olive oil, tomato, rúcula (arugula) and fresh bread on the beach!

DSC_0334.jpg
Exploring (perhaps) “the prettiest village in Andalucía,” Frigiliana.

Walking through the streets of Segovia, cars rushing by every once in a while. Rain drizzling down. You know that if you stop to get out your rain jacket you won't keep walking. All of a sudden you feel you're being lifted. Turn around completely scared, but you see an old woman helping you get your backpack off, putting your raincoat on, and helping you get your backpack back on again. In most places if a stranger is taking off your backpack, you scream and run. But here in Segovia everyone is genuine and kind. I think that will be one of the things I will miss most. I will miss being able to trust people and the genuine hospitality. Even to tourists Segovia its people welcome everyone in with open arms. Thank you Segovia for exceeding my expectations and making me feel at home here for two months!

~ Emily Barton

Proctor en Segovia final week and goodbyes back home.
A Proctor en Segovia tradition: a group photo with metal arts instructor Jesús on the final day of the term.

Proctor en Segovia afternoon activity metal arts
Student metal arts pieces on display in Jesús’ shop at the end of the term.

Proctor en Segovia students say goodbyes to host families.
Sadie and Emily pose before giving flower boquets to their host moms.

Proctor en Segovia students say goodbyes to host families.
Drew with his host mom, Ana.

Proctor en Segovia students say goodbyes to host families.
Nathaniel and María Ángeles (and a few friends)!

Proctor en Segovia students say goodbyes to host families.
Juana and Sadie.

Home
Not only a place
But also a feeling, too
I have a home here

~ Kevin Barry

Proctor en Segovia students say goodbyes to host families.
Kevin, Fernandito and Cristina.

Just arrived in Spain
Feels like a short time ago
Have to say goodbye

Once strangers to me
Grew to be my new family
I don't want to leave

~ Grey Bechok

Proctor en Segovia students say goodbyes to host families.
Roberto, Alejandro, Grey, Rubén and Conchi

Proctor en Segovia spring 2016
Thank you for a term full of laughter. We miss you!

Check out more photos of Proctor en Segovia on Flickr!

     

Subscribe to Email Updates

The Buzz at Proctor

Recent Stories

Contact Proctor Academy Admissions