By Erika Cohn
Madrid, Signing Off!
We just completed our last full week in Spain, and what a week it was!In addition to our regularly scheduled classes, Professor Julio Lasarte took us on an insider's tour of Madrid on Wednesday evening. We met near the Cervantes monument at the Plaza de España and walked to Templo de Debod - an ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid.
As we wound our way down towards the Manzanares River, Professor Lasarte provided helpful commentary on the history and significance of the sights we passed. Then we arrived at the tour's main attraction - the Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida. Famed Spanish painter Francisco Goya is buried there beneath breathtaking frescoes he painted in 1798.
At the end of the tour, we gathered for a lively group dinner at Casa Mingo where we enjoyed the house specialties of roasted chicken and cider. It was the perfecting ending to a fun and informative evening.As always, several students took advantage of our prime European location to travel over the weekend. Beaune and Paris, France made up the itinerary this time with the food, wine and scenery combining for an unforgettable trip. For some of us who stayed in Madrid, an expressive flamenco show at Casa Patas made for an authentic and memorable Spanish night out.
Our final week in Madrid is going to be busy. This afternoon, the students will get to tour the offices of Aeroiuris Abogados - a boutique law firm specializing in aviation law. Tuesday brings the final day of classes, followed by a reading day and then exams through Saturday. After exams, some of us will be off for more travel and some will be headed back home. Most of the students are splitting their summer, so they’ll be off to work until classes start in the fall.
It will be hard to say goodbye to Madrid (especially those siestas!). We’ve learned and done so much in our short time here. Our experiences have made strong impressions on our personal, educational, and professional lives, and I think we’ve all strengthened our ability to view things through a more global lens. That will serve us, our communities, and our current and future clients well.
Thanks for coming along on our journey with us – we can’t wait to tell you more when we get back!