Honors Dialogue 2015

Day 11: Tilting at Windmills

Goodbye, Córdoba. Hello, Toledo. Our morning started with some hurried packing and a quick breakfast before it was time to say farewell to our hotel and Córdoba. While we were all sad to leave the city behind, the pain of parting was softened when we discovered our old twenty-person bus had been replaced with one… Read more »

Day 10: Throwback Thursday—We’re in the 12th Century

On our second Thursday in Spain, there was no place we were required to be in Cordoba until three in the afternoon. That is not to say that we didn’t try to take every opportunity to experience Spanish culture. A group went to the morning mass at the cathedral, which, as we learned on Tuesday,… Read more »

Day 8: Recycling the Old to Make Way for the New

This morning we went on a guided tour of the Jewish quarter and mosque-cathedral of Córdoba. The buildings we saw on our walk to the meeting place and subsequent tour showed the rich history of the city. We passed 2,000-year-old Roman ruins, modern buildings, buildings of Moorish architecture, buildings with more European architecture, and a… Read more »

Day 7: A Fresh New Start

Today was the first day we spent outside of Granada. We woke up early, packed, and were on the road by 8:30; I know, personally, I was exhausted. Leaving Granada left us with a strange combination of sadness for leaving such a beautiful, culturally rich city and excitement that so much more awaited us. After… Read more »

Day 6-B: Cleaning Up Our Act

Today was our first scheduled “rest day,” and after four continuous days of exploring the hilly alleyways of Granada, the troops needed some refreshment. My choice: visit the local modern hammam. Throughout our tours of the city, we had studied the excavations of older hammams, which served as a public bathhouse operated by the Sultan…. Read more »

Day 6-A: A Busy Day of Rest

Our last day in Granada was a well deserved rest day. We all had free time until our class discussion at 6:00PM, so it was up to us what we wanted to do with it. Some people in the group went to the Hammam, a bathhouse where they received massages, while others explored the gypsy… Read more »

Day 5: Flamenco from the Heart

Compared to the last couple of days, today was a laid back day where we were able to rest and catch up on our work for the week. First thing in the morning we met for class, discussing the progression of Arabs in Spain as well as the history and influence of flamenco. We learned… Read more »

Day 4: Italian in Spain

Today is day two of no Wi-Fi in our hotel, and so far we have survived. To all the parents reading this, if the Wi-Fi has not resurged by this point we are still alive and in good health. The day began with a trip to the local mosque, which we had visited earlier in… Read more »

Day 3: Can I see some Moor of that?

That’s the last corny pun in this post, I promise. When I told people who’d been to Granada where I was going for the month, their eyes would light up and they would inevitably exclaim: “You’ve got to see the Alhambra, you can’t miss it!” Now I see why. The primary part of our day… Read more »