Spring 2018

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DAY trip to Monasterio de Piedra
Departure from PRH front steps at 8:30 a.m.

Date: January 13
OPTIONAL TRIP

The Monasterio de Piedra was founded in 1194 when Alonso II granted an Arab castle to the monks of Poblet to build a monastery in the hopes of consolidating Christianity in the Area. Legend says that this monastery is where the first chocolate candy was made. The natural park of Monasterio de Piedra offers an unbelievable experience, with a 2.5 hour walk through a lush parkland of waterfalls and grottos hidden in one of the driest areas of the region of Aragón.
Price: 45 € 

Sign up on Welcome Day or at the Finance Office, Avda. del Valle 34. This day trip sign-up closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday before each event.

DAY trip to TOLEDO
Departure from PRH front steps at 9:00 a.m.

Date: January 14
OPTIONAL TRIP

Toledo is a World Heritage site located just outside of Madrid. It is known as the “city of the three cultures” because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together in this city for centuries. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues.
Price: 45 €

Sign up on Welcome Day or at the Finance Office, Avda. del Valle 34. This day trip sign-up closes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday before each event.

DAY trip to SALAMANCA
Departure from PRH front steps at 8:30 a.m.
 
Date: January 20
OPTIONAL TRIP

Salamanca has been declared “City of Mankind’s Heritage” by UNESCO, and is best known for its university founded in the beginning of the 13th century. Don’t leave Spain without visiting one of the most breathtaking Renaissance cities in Europe and exploring its Romanesque and Baroque architecture. 
Price: 45 €

Sign up at the Finance Office, Avda. del Valle 34. Day trip sign-up closes at 5:30 p.m. on the Wednesday before each event.

DAY trip to SEGOVIA
Departure from PRH front steps at 9 a.m.
Date: January 21
OPTIONAL TRIP

Segovia is one of the must-do day trips while in Madrid. Join us in visiting this World Heritage site, famous for the Roman aqueduct that stands tall in the center of the old quarter. In addition, you will see numerous Romanesque churches and the Cathedral and Fortress (Castle).
Price: 45 €

Sign up at the Finance Office, Avda. del Valle 34. Day trip sign-up closes at 5pm on the Wednesday before each event.

Loyola
Date: February 2-4
OPTIONAL TRIP

Open to All Students of All Faiths. Travel to the Basque countryside of northern Spain and visit the birthplace of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. An opportunity to deepen one's understanding of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Spiritual Exercises in the place where Saint Ignatius was born and lived.
Price: 110 € (Actual cost is 220 €, 50% of which is subsidized by SLU-Madrid Campus)

ÁVILA
Date: February 10
Faculty: Paul Vita, Ph.D.
MANDATORY TRIP

Among the thousands of pilgrims flocking to Ávila this year —in celebration of the Catholic Church Teresian Jubilee Year— SLU-Madrid students taking "Faith, Doubt and Literature," will visit Avila.
Saint Teresa's autobiography, is one of the most widely read Spanish prose classics after Don Quixote. The proximity of Ávila to Madrid means that students can visit many of the sites that the great mystic and religious reformer wrote about in her works, including the shrine that stands on the site of her birth, the Augustinian Convent where she went to school, the Monastery of the Incarnation where she lived for 30 years, and San José, the reformed convent she founded. On display at the various locations were relics and artifacts, including the wooden log that served as the Saint's pillow for more than 30 years.
The guided tour wound its way through the city, stopping at monuments and museums, and concluding with a walk along the magnificent wall surrounding the city, with its 88 heavily fortified stone towers dating back to 1090.
Price: 55 €

LANZAROTE
Date: February 15-18
Faculty: Olaya García Pérez, Ph.D.
MANDATORY TRIP

EAS 1010 Earth Systems I: Solid Earth (Volcanoes of Spain)
EAS 1020 Earth's Environment I Lab (MANDATORY TRIP)
Travel to volcanic island of Lanzarote, the eastern most of the Canary Islands. Created over 35 million years ago, the island is a geological wonder and evidence for the theory of continental drift. Its 850 square kilometers are home to over five hundred species of plant life unique to the island.
Approx Price: 630-730 €

MOROCCO
Date: February 21-25
OPTIONAL TRIP

General interest and recommended for any theology students.
Over-night bus ride to southern Spain and travel to Morocco via ferry from the southern Spain, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and arriving in Tangier. Saty in the home of a Moroccan family, socialize with local people and students from Rabat University. The group will be accompanied by former Peace Corps volunteers. All meals in Morocco and transportation are included.
Approx Price: 480 €-499 €

Sign up deadline is February 16 and there are a limited number of spots.

The Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos)
Date: February 28
Faculty Leader: Chris Ealham and Mary Prendergast
Course: POLS 3567 Political Development in Contemporary Spain and ANTH 3390 Cultural Anthropology and ST: Archaeology of Mediterranean Civilizations.
Departure from front steps at PRH

Dr. Ealham will lead the tour of the Cathedral and Abbey built into the Sierra Guadarrama mountains to the northwest of Madrid, which houses the tombs of General Francisco Franco and José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Spanish Fascist Party. The focus of the visit will be the symbolic and political significance of this landmark of 20th-century Spanish architecture and the contemporary debates relating to its past and future. Mandatory for all students enrolled in these classes.

Price (approx.): 15 €

MURCIA and ALICANTE (Group M01)
Date: April 5-8
Faculty: Mónica Pérez-Bedmar, M.A.
MURCIA and ALICANTE (Group M03)
Date: April 12-15
Faculty: Olaya García Pérez, Ph.D.
MURCIA and ALICANTE (Group M02)
Date: April 19-22
Faculty: Mónica Pérez-Bedmar, M.A.
MANDATORY TRIP

EAS 1050 Introduction to Oceanography
A visit to Spain’s southeastern coast (Cabo de Palos) to learn about the most impacting issues that the Mediterranean Sea is experiencing, and to visit and learn about protection programs. To attain a better understanding on the issues at hand, students will visit natural parks to learn about coastal ecosystems, a desalination site, a marine reserve and one of the most important fish auctions of the Mediterranean coast line. Weather permitting, we will snorkel in its crystal blue waters and identify the different organisms studied in the course. Price includes transportation, lodging, excursions included in final itinerary, and breakfast.
Price: 370-399 €

Flamenco and Museum
Date: To be decided between professor and the students in the class.
Faculty: Aitor Bikandi, Ph.D.
MANDATORY ACTIVITIES

SPAN 4790 Spanish Culture and Civilization
Flamenco is an artistic expression fusing song (cante), dance (baile) and musicianship (toque). The Gitano (Roma) ethnic community has played an essential role in its development, but it has also deep roots in Moorish musical traditions. Although Andalusia in southern Spain is the heartland of Flamenco,it has become one of the icons of Spanish culture, and in 2010 UNESCO declared it Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Museo Reina Sofía is a national museum dedicated to contemporary art, and is one of the most important in Madrid. The focus of our visit will be the art collections of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, two of the most important painters in World's Art History. Among other masterpieces, we will see the crowned jewel of the museum, the Guernica painting by Pablo Picasso.
Price: 36-75 €

Camino de Santiago - Walking the Path
The Way of Saint James
Staff Leader: TBA

Date: TBA

Start your Spanish summer experience on the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) before Summer I classes begin. Meet people from all over the world as you walk the Camino through the north of Spain, known for its beautiful landscapes and delicious cuisine. Walking the Camino de Santiago is an opportunity to follow in the steps of pilgrims who have hiked the same route since the IX century for personal, health, religious, and enjoyment purposes. Price includes transportation from Madrid to the start point (to be determined) and from Santiago to Madrid, daily lunches and lodging in the Camino albergues. 
Approx Price: 250-300 €

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