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  • Plaza Cibeles

  • Home is not a word I use lightly. As a child of two officers in the Navy, I've moved almost as many times as I've lived years, with few places hollowing out a lasting place in my heart. Until August 25, 2015, I had next to no conception of the city…

  • Credit: Amanda Lewellyn
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  • Gentleman Looking On

  • I also took this photo in Madrid during Semana Santa 2015.  Most of the people in my program were traveling for the holiday, and I had heard that the best celebrations were in southern cities like Sevilla, so I didn't expect to see much at the procession in Madrid.  However, I…

  • Credit: Amber Black
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  • Ladies in Penance

  • I took this picture in Madrid, during Semana Santa 2015.  During the processional, I was privileged to see many things I had learned about in class, including the famed Cristo de Medinaceli, Spanish people wearing capirotes, and  officers on horses directing the parade.  What I was especially surprised to see, however,…

  • Credit: Amber Black
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  • Jesús de Medinaceli

  • I took this picture in Madrid during Semana Santa 2015, the Christian holiday leading up to Easter.  Semana Santa began the day after my birthday, and I was somewhat sad to be alone in Madrid, as most of my friends were traveling and I'd heard that the best celebrations took place…

  • Credit: Amber Black
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  • A Pequena Janela (The Little Window)

  • Lisbon was my last trip during my semester abroad. My parents came to visit me in Madrid, and we traveled together for a week. After traveling with other students for the whole semester, it was a tough transition traveling with the folks. It was also hard facing American culture coming back…

  • Credit: Jaclyn Karasik
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  • El Pescador Gallego y Luke

  • Finisterre  is the farthest western city in Spain. Its name come from latin, and means “end of the land.” Before the colonial era and before the Spanish knew that the Earth was round, what lay beyond the end of the land was unknown. It was a magical place to hike,…

  • Credit: Jaclyn Karasik
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  • La Mujer del Torero

  • We went to go see a Corrida (bullfight) toward the end of the season. At one moment, I realized that we were sitting next to a woman who may have been the wife of one of the bullfighters (toreros). If not the wife, she was definitely a close relative. She…

  • Credit: Jaclyn Karasik
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  • Oficina do Peregrino

  • Santiago de Compostela is one of the most popular pilgrimage locations in the world. Pilgrims wait in line to receive official certification that they have complete this journey, called El Camino de Santiago, or The Way of Saint James. The legend is that the remains of Saint James were found here by…

  • Credit: Jaclyn Karasik
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  • Mone Igueldo

  • San Sebastián was one of the most memorable cities that I visited during my study abroad experience in Spain. The Basque region feels like a different country and has an intense desire to be so. The signs and menus in Euskera, their native language, marveled me. It was also incredible to…

  • Credit: Brianna Cadalzo
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  • La Alhambra

  • The beauty of La Alhambra is irrefutable. This massive fortress sits a top a hill that overlooks the rest of its city. It’s hard to believe that this building is over 1,000 years old. The age and history of the Spanish culture amazes me. Before my study abroad experience, the oldest…

  • Credit: Brianna Cadalzo
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  • Granada

  • The energy and vibrancy of the Spanish culture is incomparable. While walking up the windy, narrow streets of Granada to catch a view of La Alhambra, I came across this band. I stopped to watch them for a few minutes - they were a lively and energetic group. They had some…

  • Credit: Brianna Cadalzo
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  • Norte?

  • This is a shot of a giant compass rose beside the Tower of Hercules, the world’s oldest working lighthouse, in La Coruña, Spain.  We visited La Coruña during a group trip to Galicia, a northwestern province in Spain known for its lush mountains and beautiful rocky coastline.  I decided to step…

  • Credit: J.P. Senter
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  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain