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First Week in Cadiz June 4, 2010

Posted by Lisa Thornsberry in Travel Log.
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Hola from Cadiz, Espana!

The first few days here have been amazing! We arrived Monday afternoon and spent the rest of the day meeting our host families. Mine is very nice- an older couple whose extended family comes over several times a day. It was very hard to understand them at first, but it’s already getting easier as our hosts and my roommate and I start to learn how to best communicate with one another.

Our classes started the next morning- one in culture and one in healthcare. We’re learning a lot both in and out of the classroom- today we took two field trips, one to the market and one to a local clinic. The market was enormous- there were almost 200 booths! About half of the booths sold fresh fruit (I had my first taste of fig). The other half had sea food of all shapes and sizes. I saw eel, octopus, shark, and sting ray for sale! The clinic excursion was interesting as well. The whole clinic is dedicated to accident prevention in the work place, so we learned about the safety regulations that they suggest and implement.

On Tuesday night we went on a walking tour of historic Cadiz. It was fantastic- I’ve definitely never seen anything like it in the US. The area was a maze of cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways. Cadiz is the oldest city in all of Europe, and there were

many signs of its varied history, from Roman times, to the control of the Moors and the takeover of the Inquisition, to modern times. The highlights were the Cathedral, the town hall, and the monument on the site of the signing of the constitution in 1812. I went back last night to explore further and fell even more in love with the area.

After the afternoon siesta on Tuesday and Wednesday, I went a few blocks down the road to the beach. It seems to be a popular tourist destination for people in southern Spain- it was very crowded. It was so cool to see the historic cathedral of Cadiz in the background of the sandy white beach.

All in all, it has been a very promising first few days, and I can’t wait for what Cadiz has in store!

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1. tom lundberg - June 24, 2010

ok, it looks like big fun, with lots of natural beauty, art, architecture and history.
there is a song called ‘the maids of cadiz’ that miles davis recorded with gil evans. i have played it a couple times, not recently, though. it always made me want to visit there.
and check out paco de lucia. he is THE MAN of flamenco style guitar. find some recordings which are made over there and bring them home! he is prolly 60+ years old now. (imports are often hard to get here). i played a concert band version of andalucia this week – and granada is another great tune. there is so much beautiful music that has been inspired by that area! have fun!!!

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