Daily Archives: January 17, 2020

Quod natura non dat, Salmantica non præstat

Oscar Rollán:

Before I add the texts from our students I just want to say that this trip to Salamanca has been quite special to me. Not only I had the opportunity to show the students my hometown: the places where I studied and I used to go, the history and beauty of this city. But personally, to me, it was great that the group got to know one of my brothers and also my dad, the real señor Rollán. My mom could not make it because she was not feeling well, but at least my dad met the students for a bit. And that to me, was quite special.

Walking on a Roman bridge


To start off Kaitlin and I woke up and got dressed and went to our other friends’ room.  We then met up with the group downstairs in the lobby and went to breakfast. Señor Rollán took us on a tour of Salamanca which was so awesome! We got to see the Casa de la Conchas which was so beautiful, and we also went inside two cathedrals, the old one and the new one. Yes, Salamanca is so special that it has two cathedrals. We climbed several stairs and went up to the top of the bell tower! After that we had free time so my group and I went to lunch. We then walked around Salamanca and went to different stores which was so fun! After that, we met up with the teachers because it was time to leave, which I was bummed about because I loved Salamanca!  After that we went home with our host families.

The Old Cathedral
Altarpiece in the Old Cathedral
The organ in the New Cathedral


We spent most of our day in Salamanca. Oscar was able to give us an insider tour of the city and took us to all of his favorite places. Some of the coolest places we went were to the top of the cathedral and inside the historical Universidad de Salamanca (both Robi and Oscar attended!) After a three-hour bus ride and a quality siesta, we arrived back in Madrid and ate dinner at Vips. I love being around our group and catching up with our host students was a lot of fun.

The group with the statue of Lazarillo de Tormes. After reading the book, it was great to be at the place where the story took place in 1550!!
At the top of the Old Cathedral
There is an astronaut in the New Cathedral
Students at the Universidad de Salamanca
And professors 🙂

“Salamanca, que enhechiza a voluntad de volver a ella a todos los que la apacibilidad de su vivienda han gustado.” Miguel de Cervantes


As for today, we came to Salamanca! We first stopped by Avila, went around and inside a beautiful palace and the walls. One thing that I found interesting was the Braille — a system that uses combinations of raised dots to spell letters and numbers — and the model of the architectures that were written or presented on almost every description plates. I found it so considerate and creative because I never saw a tourist place with the Braille system on consistent use. 
After visiting the walls, which had so many steep stairs which Robi and all of us had trouble with, we came back to the bus and headed to Salamanca. When we arrived, we first checked into the hotel and I started researching places around our hotel so that my partner — Jolie — and I could have some food. We ended up going to a restaurant nearby with other members of our SEK IM group, which was very nice!! 

At the top of the medieval wall!!

We then wandered around the city, took bunch of photos, and started shopping. Many of us bought souvenirs from the Salamanca University. I bought two hoodies and customized them: one with my name and the other with my friends name on it for gift. It was then close to our meeting time, so all of us headed towards the plaza where we planned to meet. 
To be frank, the plaza with the lights on at night was the most beautiful and dazzling view ever. Oscar, our best tour guide, then helped us learn more about the city and the historical significance of certain buildings around the plaza. I am super excited for tomorrow and for the remaining few days in Spain!!!

Christine Park


Today we went to Avila and Salamanca! The bus ride from school to Avila was around an hour and most of us slept on the ride. At Avila, we visited the palace and climbed up one of the towers of the walls. My favorite part was when the tour guide told us a story. The men left the walls to fight, so the old, women, and children were left inside the walls. An army attacked Avila thinking that there wouldn’t be anyone there. To scare them off, women and children were dressed in armor and carried torches and were stationed outside the walls to show a powerful army. They successfully managed to intimidate them. In Salamanca, my friends and I ate near the hotel and tried out some new foods. Then, we went shopping for clothes and I bought a University of Salamanca sweatshirt. At night we met at the Plaza Mayor and walked to the University of Salamanca for a tour with Señor Rollán. The tour was fun and informative and we spotted a frog and an astronaut hidden on building decorations. After that our group split up again for dinner and my friends and I had pizza and hamburgers! The pizza had a lot of cheese and it was really good but too much for me to handle. Overall it was an enjoyable day 🙂