Hannah and Lashlee in Spain

Richter Research Fellows Hannah and Lashlee are studying the quality of health care for African immigrants in the south of Spain. They plan to visit refugee centers and clinics, and interview experts. Lashlee is a junior President’s Scholar majoring in biology and Spanish in Dedman College. Hannah is a junior President’s Scholar majoring in accounting in Cox School of Business and political science, with a minor in Spanish, in Dedman College.

One last adventure

After a short time back in Madrid (following an incredible but exhausting week in Valencia), we are happy to report that we are experiencing one final adventure before we cross the Atlantic on Friday. Admittedly, this short-2 day trip did not fall into our research itinerary, but after having graced two thirds of Spain's coastline (Algeciras in the South and Valencia in the East) we decided to complete the circuit by heading north to the beaches of Santander. Initially, we hoped to find a cheap destination in which we could gather final thoughts on the trip and potentially work on our research paper, but what we encountered in Santander has been much more. Our plane ride [...]

2011-08-10T16:47:25+00:00 August 10th, 2011|Hannah and Lashlee in Spain|

Dolphins, lions and a Ferris wheel

While the work in Valencia was going great and keeping us very busy, we could not deny ourselves the many sights and opportunities available in the bustling city. We decided to take a few afternoons to devote to getting to know our location for the week, and our adventures began at the architectural masterpiece of the City of Arts and Sciences, constructed by world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava. Little fun fact: he's the same architect who designed the wave statue outside SMU's Meadows Museum of Art! We walked down the beautiful Turia Riverbed park to arrive at the glittering, white city and were amazed by the many colossal (and somewhat strange) structures we found. The city contains everything from [...]

2011-08-09T21:52:45+00:00 August 9th, 2011|Hannah and Lashlee in Spain|

Connections in Valencia

Once again, our research in Valencia met both success and failure as we searched daily for offices and interviews, painstakingly following our (now very tattered) map through the tiny, winding and always name-changing streets. On Wednesday, we made our way over the Turia riverbed, once a flowing water source that encircles the majority of the city center, to the office of the ever-elusive ACCEM organization. ACCEM, a Catholic commission that works with refugees and migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, is a great example of a grass-roots approach to immigration policy. In both Madrid and Ceuta, we were unable to make contact with this organization, often finding that its open-door policy for migrants in all situations requires a certain level [...]

2011-08-09T22:14:51+00:00 August 8th, 2011|Hannah and Lashlee in Spain|

Encounters in Valencia

Hola from Valencia! We are currently sitting in our newest home away from home: Hostal Bisbal, located in the historic center of Valencia. We are very fortunate to be just a few steps  from the Mercat Central, Europe's oldest and largest market. Although we have only been here in the city for a short two days, we have already made two morning visits to this market for some fresh fruit and people watching. I guess we should start from the beginning, though. Our first evening here was spent wandering through the main plazas and searching out some new Mediterranean food options. First stop: the Ginger Loft. This modern, international-style restaurant was both satisfying to our hungry stomachs and [...]

2011-08-03T15:31:43+00:00 August 3rd, 2011|Hannah and Lashlee in Spain|

Journey to the North African coast

On Wednesday morning, Hannah and I left from Atocha station in Madrid for Algeciras, Spain. This port city is located on the southernmost tip of Spain, about an hour-long ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco. For us, this area is of incredible importance: oftentimes, migrants, desperate to gain access to Spanish soil, either swim or boat across this strip of water to escape famine, war, or poverty in their homelands. We spent Wednesday night right on the water - out of our window were hundreds of ships ranging from barges full of cargo to sailboats and tourist ferries. Our greatest problem has been the severe absence of restaurants, shops, or cafes where we [...]

2011-07-29T22:13:13+00:00 July 29th, 2011|Hannah and Lashlee in Spain|

A weekend of sightseeing

Well, after a pretty successful and very busy first week here in Madrid, we finally got a chance to explore some of the city and all that it has to offer. This weekend started off with a great dinner of tapas - small Spanish dishes such as jamon iberico and Lashlee's favorite: croquetas - in the beautiful Plaza Santa Ana. We had an early morning on Saturday as we made our way to the train station in Atocha for a day trip to Toledo, one of Spain's most historic locations and only a 30-minute train ride outside of Madrid. After a few minor difficulties with train tickets and such, we were able to make our way to the city for [...]

2011-07-29T20:33:07+00:00 July 25th, 2011|Hannah and Lashlee in Spain|

Diving in to Spanish culture

Richter Research Fellows Hannah and Lashlee are studying the quality of health care for African immigrants in the south of Spain. They plan to visit refugee centers and clinics, and interview experts. Lashlee is a junior President's Scholar majoring in biology and Spanish in Dedman College. Hannah is a junior President's Scholar majoring in accounting in Cox School of Business and political science, with a minor in Spanish, in Dedman College.

2011-07-29T20:37:12+00:00 July 22nd, 2011|Hannah and Lashlee in Spain|