Proctor en Segovia: Taking the Plunge

Posted by Ryan Graumann

09/24/2015

In their first two weeks in Spain, the Proctor en Segovia Fall 2015 group wastes no time in fully immersing themselves in Spanish language and culture. Luke and Haley write this post!

Proctor en Segovia taking the plunge

Proctor en Segovia at the Reina Sofía museum in MadridThe group loving the art at the Reina Sofía museum in Madrid. We saw famous artwork by Pablo Picasso and many other artists.

We arrived safely in Segovia at 8:00 AM which was 2:00 AM in the United States. Our first day consisted of us all sleeping pretty much the whole day and we ended the day with a nice hike to get a beautiful view of the city. The rest of the week we were adjusting to the time slowly working our way into the Proctor en Segovia class schedule.

Proctor en Segovia in Segovia's Jewish quarter
Segovia's Judería (old Jewish neighborhood)

Proctor en Segovia metal arts afternoon activity
Metal arts (afternoon activity)

Proctor en Segovia metal arts afternoon activity

Proctor en Segovia metal arts afternoon activity

This week we dove straight into Spain’s culture by moving into a home with Spanish families, eating their weird foods (that are very good) and spending time and talking with random Spaniards we met on the street. Finally the group got more settled into Spain and we headed off to Madrid for a day at the Reina Sofía Museum of modern art.

Proctor en Segovia old quarter scavenger hunt
Old quarter scavenger hunt

Chocolate con churros en Madrid
Chocolate con churros en Madrid

Chocolate con churros en Madrid

Chocolate con churros en Madrid
Jaz and Will having their first churros on our first trip to Madrid

Basketball afternoon activity
Amber putting in work for her new basketball team by crossing the other team up and making it rain threes. 

The second week we started our classes and went on our first overnight excursion. 

Photography afternoon activity
Photography afternoon activity trip to Pedraza. Photo credit: Haley Parker

 Photography afternoon activity
Photo credit: Haley Parker

Visit to Reina Sofía museum in Madrid
Vincent did not want to leave the museum. He was ready to move in.

Proctor en Segovia at the gym
Gym time in Segovia

Chocolate con churros en Segovia
Chocolate con churros round two!

Segovia cathedral
Segovia's Catedral

Our first overnight excursion we ventured to Nieva a small Spanish town about 30 minutes from Segovia. When we arrived we ate at the restaurant of Amber’s host family. The girls were in shock when a literal pig was put down on the table, while all of the guys dove right in and enjoyed Segovia's famous cochinillo (baby pig). We ended our week with a lot of homework and packing for our trip on the Camino de Santiago next week.

Proctor en Segovia cochinillo

Proctor en Segovia visits Nieva
Verdejo white wine grapes growing in Cristina's (Amber's host mom) patio.

Proctor en Segovia visits Nieva
Exploring in Nieva

Proctor en Segovia visits Nieva

Proctor en Segovia visits Nieva

Proctor en Segovia visits Nieva
The boys ready to watch some running of the bulls.  

Proctor en Segovia visits Nieva

Proctor en Segovia visits Nieva
Carnival rides after the running of the bulls

Proctor en Segovia visits Nieva

 Proctor en Segovia photography afternoon activity
Until next week...that’s if we survive the Camino. Photo credit: Amber Wilson.

~ Luke Cuticelli and Haley Parker

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