I cannot believe that my summer abroad programs are ending. The cliché “time flies when you are having fun” becomes not only a cliché, but a reality. We are finishing classes, studying for finals, finishing essays, last-minute shopping, going one more time to this place to eat an empanada, or going back to a museum because I have to see one more time this or that painting. We look at each other with sad faces, knowing that we have to go back home, but we are not ready; there is still too much to see and learn.
This past weekend we traveled a lot – some of us more than others. We went to part of ‘‘La ruta del Quijote,’’ and for the students who are reading and analyzing that masterpiece of world literature, it was an amazing experience. Then we went to Toledo. Toledo is known as ‘‘La ciudad de las tres cultures,” meaning “the city where three cultures converge.” You witness that reality firsthand, with the Catholic churches, the synagogues and the old Roman entrances. It is a definitely place to put on your “go visit” list, and you won’t be disappointed.
The next day we went to Alcalá de Henares, a suburb of Madrid, where one of the first universities is located. It is also the city that claims to be the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of ‘‘El Ingenioso Hidalgo, Don Quijote de la Mancha’.’
Last, but by all means, not least, some students went to La Alhambra. It is without a doubt, one of the most impressive examples of architectural beauty in harmony with nature. I do not think pictures will do it justice, so you should also add this place to your list that I hope you started when I began this blog, as you were thinking to yourself, ‘‘I want to go there.’’
Well, my time is up, like we say in México: ‘‘ya se me acabó el veinte.’’ I am almost ready to go back and finish my last year at SMU. I have to thank too many people who made it possible for me to live this amazing experience. I cannot mention names for fear that I would leave one out, but you know who you are, and from the bottom of my heart I say: THANK YOU!
I apologize to everyone who was waiting for me to talk about paella, but I have not eaten one yet that was worth writing about. But I still have 2 days left to go, so maybe I will send an addendum to this blog. For now, I will share with you the two raciones (portions) that we tried in Granada. The first was almejas, and the second one berenjenas. The first one has clams that were basted in a wine sauce: ‘‘delicious’.’ The next one is eggplant, thinly sliced and breaded in a tempura batter, and you eat it with honey. Trust me, this dish goes on your list as well.
¡Hasta pronto España!