Experience Spain with Skagit Valley College in Spring 2019

Posted March 8, 2018 at 5:43 am by

Sign up for the trip of a life­time as three Skag­it Val­ley Col­lege pro­fes­sors lead a study-abroad immer­sion learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty in Span­ish art, music, lan­guage, and cul­ture on March 21–29, 2019. Intend­ed for stu­dents as well as life­long learn­ers of all ages, the 9‑day adven­ture will take you to Barcelona, Madrid, and an option­al excur­sion to Toledo.

Barcelona’s his­to­ry and cul­ture is one of the old­est and rich­est in Europe. The ear­li­est known set­tle­ments date back to at least 5,000 BC, and the city car­ries the lega­cy of Carthagin­ian, Roman, Visig­oth, Cata­lan, and Span­ish influ­ence in its art, lit­er­a­ture, and archi­tec­ture. Locat­ed on the Iber­ian Penin­su­la along the Mediter­ranean Sea, Barcelona enjoys a mild, sub­trop­i­cal cli­mate and bril­liant­ly sun­ny days. Known espe­cial­ly its arts and archi­tec­ture, Barcelona is also a major fash­ion cen­ter, and home to eight UNESCO World Her­itage Sites.

Guid­ed by your Span­ish tour guide and three pro­fes­sors, feast your eyes on Antoni Gaudi’s ground­break­ing Sagra­da Famil­ia and col­or­ful mosaics, wan­der the equal­ly col­or­ful La Boque­ria mar­ket, stroll the tree-lined and artist-filled La Ram­bla, which Span­ish poet Fed­eri­co Gar­cia Lor­ca called the only street he wished “would nev­er end,” then linger over an evening meal of tra­di­tion­al paella.

In Madrid, Spain’s capi­tol, see the splen­dors of the Roy­al Palace and trea­sures of The Pra­do nation­al art muse­um. As an add-on, you can also vis­it the for­mer capi­tol, Tole­do, also known as the “city of three cul­tures,” where Moors, Chris­tians, and Jews lived peace­ful­ly side-by-side, and where you can still enjoy the church­es, syn­a­gogues, mosques, palaces, and fortress­es dot­ted through­out the city. Top the day off with a work­shop in Span­ish sword-making.

Par­tic­i­pants who sign up before March 15, 2018 receive an ear­ly-bird dis­count of $250. Par­tic­i­pants also have the option of receiv­ing aca­d­e­m­ic cred­it in Music, Span­ish, and Cre­ative Writ­ing with trip pro­fes­sors Dr. Diane John­son, Jose Sanchez, and Jill McCabe John­son, Ph.D. Or, let the adven­ture be an edu­ca­tion in itself. The inclu­sive trip includes end-to-end trav­el assis­tance, air­fare and all oth­er trans­porta­tion, lodg­ing, expert local guides, region­al style meals, entrance tick­ets, and on-the-ground local sup­port. To sign up and view the full itin­er­ary plus option­al excur­sions, vis­it https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2091817WE. If you have ques­tions, con­tact Jill McCabe John­son, jill.johnson@skagit.edu .

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