Study Abroad in Salamanca SpainAugust 14, 2017
Seven Truman students and Prof. Stacy Bryant arrived in Madrid, Spain on May 21 to begin two months of language and cultural immersion. Jessie Berger, Jacob Cogdill, Zoe Frantom, Zoë Goff, Michael Gill, Emma Huels and Taylor Sheppard began their study abroad experience by traveling to several of the most iconic locations of Spain, including the Prado art museum, the medieval city of Toledo, the famous horseshoe arches of the mosque-cathedrals of Córdoba, the massive cathedral of Sevilla, as well as a unique night tour of Granada’s Alhambra. After all that travel, they were excited to begin their classes at Academia Mester in Salamanca at the end of May. Since then, they have been immersed in their classes, working to advance their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as well as studying Spanish history. Salamanca, known for its university since the thirteenth century and home to many students, is a lively city some two hours northwest of Madrid. Weekend excursions have included visits to nearby culturally signifcant sites such as Astorga, León, Segovia and Ávila. In and out of the classroom, students are quickly acquiring first-hand cultural knowledge as they interact with their host families and travel independently on their two free weekends. This weekend, in fact, the group decided to travel together to the World Pride celebration in Madrid, which happened to be the host city for this international event for 2017. All seven have been excellent representatives of Truman State and CML students and are excited to return to Kirksville to share their experiences with their friends, family, and Truman colleagues.