Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hola Sevilla!!

All 50 students have arrived safely. Some of them had a few difficulties and four did not make it in until late. Here, they are greeting each other in the lobby of the Hotel San Fernando and comparing travel experiences.

The first order of business was a half mile hike to the TTU Seville Center and a briefing on what to expect in Seville. Most of the students have just finished 24 hrs or more of travel so this is absolutely misery. However, its all part of the plan. Keeping them up until the local bedtime helps to adjust to the 7 hr time differential.

After the orientation session, its back to the hotel and dinner. Afterwards, they are finally released to go to bed. There probably was not much wandering around Seville on Friday night. They were bushed!

Here is a link to an online photo album for images from the orientation and dinner

The students will have a lot of new experiences in Spain - beginning with the food. It is a Mediterranean cuisine and not at all like the Tex-Mex we are used to. The Caracoles (small snails) are in season now. They are a lot of trouble for not much meat. (This one isn't really alive. It was boiled with garlic and cloves.)

One of our favorites is the "blood" sausage that is available at the local markets.

The Spanish are very family oriented. On Saturday, there were many couples out with their children.

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