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  • Força Barça!

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The game ended 0-0, but I feel like a winner for watching FCB play in Barcelona! Barça fans could give Cameron Crazies a run for our money any day. They love their football club, and they love being from Barcelona! Program excursions like this one plus my local…

  • Credit: Abby Muehlstein
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: Spain
  • Las Hogueras de San Juan

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The people of Alicante, a small town on the Eastern coast of Spain, consistently look forward to an extremely important annual tradition: Las Hogueras de San Juan. This festival lasts a week and is centered around the wooden sculptures built and beautifully painted by local artists. In…

  • Credit: Lauren DaSilva
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante, Spain
  • Adventures in España

  • Dear Global Edcuation Office,

    Hola desde España! Spain was an amazing place to spend the 2016 summer! It was incredible to learn about the culture and vast history of Spain as well as the  beautiful landscape and architecture. From the bustling streets of Madrid to the beautiful quiet mountains of Asturias…

  • Credit: Daniel O'Connell
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain
  • The Hoguera of Ignorance

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    How incredible is this statue made entirely of paper and wood? During our last week in Alicante, these gigantic hogueras (Spanish for “bonfires”) appeared in the streets almost overnight, blocking major roadways and decorating the city. Each neighborhood spent an entire year creating controversial statues that pointedly…

  • Credit: Sam Sadler
  • Major: Neuroscience & Global Health
  • Tags: Duke in Alicante, Spain
  • A summer of becoming Madrileñas

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    In the short 6 weeks with Duke in Spain, I know that I have made some of the best memories I will have throughout Duke. From cities to grand cathedrals, Mallorcan beaches, the Picos de Europa mountain range, and not to mention the best gazpacho I will…

  • Credit: Mathilde Ooi
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain, summer
  • A Spanish Excursion

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The time I spent studying abroad in Spain includes some of the best memories that I have made to this day. One notable example of these is when we were visiting Asturias and a couple of us saw a mountain in the distance which looked fun to…

  • Credit: Brandon Dalla Rosa
  • Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tags: Duke in Spain, Spain
  • Mes Que un Club

  • Football Club Barcelona has a deep connection with the Catalan people. It represents much more than eleven players on a soccer field. Barcelona F.C. is an enduring symbol, and while as a foreigner I am not a part of the struggle for Catalan independence, I deeply respect the club’s place in…

  • Credit: Hector Morales Jr.
  • Tags: Spain
  • 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
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Spain
  • Crossroads

  • The religious history of Spain is fascinating. Islam, Christianity, and Judaism mix together to weave a complicated story of faiths. As different as the religions may seem, their histories are inter-connected. This was evident within all the ancient towns and cities we visited. These signs in Cordoba, home to the famous…

  • Credit: Elizabeth Hoyler
  • Tags: Spain
  • 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
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Spain
  • Valencian Falla

  • I took this photo last spring during the Valencian festival of Las Fallas, an entirely unique celebration in which statues like these are created to be admired and then burned to the ground at the end of the celebration.  Even though each statue is created with regard to some social, cultural,…

  • Credit: Amber Black
  • Tags: Spain
  • In Memoriam

  • I took this photo last spring at the Valencian festival of Las Fallas.  Literally translating to "the fires," Las Fallas was an entirely unique celebration in which statues such as these, made of cardboard, wood, paper maché, and plaster, are first admired and then burned to the ground at the conclusion…

  • Credit: Amber Black
  • Tags: Spain
  • 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
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Spain
  • 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
  • Tags: Duke in Madrid, Spain
  • La Alhambra

  • Study abroad is an opportunity everyone should try and pursue. It's an opportunity to travel anywhere in the world in the prime of your years with a group of people your age. Yes, I got to see and experience many new places and cultures, but the highlight for me was meeting…

  • Credit: Daniella Ochoa
  • Tags: Spain
  • Ephemeral Beauty

  • Sand art on the beach in San Sebastián, Spain ready to be washed away. 

    Nothing moves quickly in Spain. Time trickles lazily like sand seeping through fingers. On a Sunday morning visiting the North of Spain the weather was unusually fine. No rain. No clouds. Everyone was out on the boardwalk…

  • Credit: Tierney Marey
  • Tags: Spain
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain