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Morocco and Flamenco June 15, 2010

Posted by Lisa Thornsberry in Travel Log.
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Hola todos!

The past few days have been unbelievable!

On Thursday, the class went to a flamenco show at a local restaurant. I’ve never seen anything like it before! The dancing was fast, exciting, and LOUD! The flamenco dancers were really more of percussionists considering the way they would slam their heels into the ground. They were all dressed in the traditional flamenco garb, and they were accompanied by a live guitarist and vocalist. It was a very fun and memorable night.

On Friday, I left with nine of my classmates directly after class to go on a weekend excursion to Morocco. The trip was quite an adventure! We took a ferry from the southern-most tip of Spain to the city of Tangier, Morocco. We had a few hours to kill, so we decided to explore the old city a little bit and try to find the Kasbah citadel. (more…)

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From Portugal to Spain (At last!) May 30, 2010

Posted by Becky Byler in Travel Log.
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We arrived in Spain today! Madrid is gorgeous, but so much has changed since I was last here, that I could barely find my way around. We took the metro to our hotel (Hotel Muralto), and then walked around the streets for a few hours before dinner. The best find was the El Corte Inglés less than two blocks away… everything you need in one enormous store! By the time we returned from our walk, we were famished, but we didn’t have to wait long for our flamenco show and dinner.

Dinner at the flamenco club was absolutely amazing. I was so excited to eat paella, drink sangria, and watch a flamenco show, and the club surpassed my expectations! The first plato was a fried potato and egg dish, and the second plato was chicken paella. The flamenco show started while we were being served dessert (chocolate cake), and I was so absorbed in the dancing and rhythmic beats that I almost forgot to eat it!

All of the Girls Outside of the Flamenco Club

There were four dancers in the flamenco show, three females and one male, and each person took turns dancing while the others accompanied the musicians. I loved the flamenco show since it is a blend of dancing, singing, and playing instruments, and all three of them blended seamlessly throughout the performance. Also, the stamina of the dancers was phenomenal- one woman tapped her feet for over 15 minutes! It was also interesting to note how, depending on the dancer, the style of the flamenco dancing changed slightly. This ability of flamenco to adapt to the current situation is what makes it so unique, and, as a result, no two shows are the same. (more…)