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Proctor en Segovia students take local bus with aqueduct in background
 
Photo credit: Cole Bickford
 
Proctor en Segovia photography afternoon activity
 
Students have been busy and hard at work in Segovia over the past week!  (Photo credit: Colby Near)
 
Proctor en Segovia photography afternoon activity
 
They attend Spanish, Literature, and History classes in the mornings.  Afternoons are devoted to many different activities.  (Photo credit: Colby Near)
 
Proctor en Segovia photography afternoon activity
 
Colby took these photos during her photography activity in La Granja.  (Photo credit: Colby Near)
 
Proctor en Segovia photography afternoon activity
 
Photo credit: Colby Near
 
Proctor en Segovia photography afternoon activity
 
Photo credit: Colby Near
 
Proctor en Segovia metal arts afternoon activity
 
Other students take a metal arts class with instructor, Jesús de la Cruz.
 
Proctor en Segovia metal arts afternoon activity
 
Stu at work in the metal studio.
 
Proctor en Segovia metal arts afternoon activity
  
Proctor en Segovia metal arts afternoon activity
  
Proctor en Segovia experiential education Spanish firefighter demo
 
Our group joined a local school to watch los bomberos de Segovia (the city's firefighters) demonstrate saving victims of a car accident.  Cole and Nick Sawaya volunteered to be victims of the crash (and practice their Spanish)!
 
Proctor en Segovia experiential education Spanish firefighter demo
 
The firefighters rescued them!
 
Proctor en Segovia experiential education Spanish firefighter demo
  
The chicos celebrate!
 
 Proctor en Segovia community service Segovia public reading program
 
Another afternoon our group volunteered at the Centro Cultural de San Jose
 
 Proctor en Segovia community service Segovia public reading program
 
This lovely woman, pictured with our chicas, works for the city of Segovia and runs a program which aims to inspire Segovian children to read.  It is free for any child in the city.
 
Proctor en Segovia community service Segovia public reading program
 
Our groups' task was to disassemble all of the children's tables and chairs and clean them (they had recently been used for outdoor reading workshops over the summer) before the groups of kids begin in October.
 
Proctor en Segovia community service Segovia public reading program
 
In one afternoon our crew was able to finish a job that normally takes Elena a month!!  Many Proctor en Segovia students will join Elena's project in October and volunteer their time reading to children.
 
Proctor en Segovia observes the new leader of the Spanish Socialist Party from the school building
 
In other news Pedro Sanchez, Secretary General of Spain's Socialist party came to Segovia.  We joined the paparazzi and took photos of him.  He might be the future president of Spain!
 
Proctor en Segovia student birthday!
  
And then it was Stuart's birthday which meant delicious cake!
  
Proctor en Segovia student birthday!
 
There were also Stu's birthday churros.
 
Proctor en Segovia student birthday!
 
We all enjoyed them!
 
Proctor en Segovia experiential education cooking class
 
Master chefs, Cole and Allie prepared Stu's birthday lunch.
 
Proctor en Segovia experiential education cooking class
 
 
 
Proctor en Segovia experiential education cooking class
 
For lunch - grapes in season right now, grown all throughout the province of Segovia, pan con tomate -
typical Spanish bread with tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil, and pasta carbonara with plenty of bacon (at Stu's request!)
 
Proctor en Segovia experiential education cooking class
  
Proctor en Segovia visits Hay Festival celebrating literature, music, film and art
 
In September the Hay festival takes place in Segovia, celebrating literature, music, film, and art.  Our group attended a wonderful poetry reading by the British poet, Roger McGough.  Then Cole wrote some beautiful poetry of his own!
 
Lost on a Train

Seven loud lost Americans on a singular train.
The Spanish marked trains identical,
Only numbers and colors on a confusing Spanish map.

Seven lost frustrated Americans on the wrong train.
Right color, right line, wrong direction, lost in Spain.
Switch lanes, switch trains.

Seven listening Americans on a single train.
Waiting to hear the murmured words of the train conductor,
"Atocha"

Seven street level Americans hyped on the Dunkin Donuts steps away.
Familiar donuts with unfamiliar names,
Confusing coffees with promising depictions.

~ Cole Bickford
 
Proctor en Segovia experiential education modern art
  
Proctor en Segovia experiential education modern art
 
El hombre invisible (the invisible man) by Salvador Dalí
 
Jumping out of bed and hurrying to the bus stop was not a great way to kick off the weekend. It began the day before. I was staying up late, anticipating the coming sleep-in until 11:45. Upon making it to the bus, I was greeted by my fellow classmates chuckling over my failure. It was our first time experiencing Madrid. It is a large and active city, a busy change from the comparably small winding streets of Segovia. We were greeted by our Spanish teacher, María José, a local resident. With her, we enjoyed a lunch buffet topped with a can of whipped cream. The group visited La Reina Sofía modern art museum. It held works by famous Spanish and European artists such as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. One of the most well known pieces of the Sofía's collection was the twenty-five-foot-long Guernica. Painted by Picasso in 1937, It depicts the bloodshed and brutality of the Spanish civil war while only using black and white colors. We ended that day with a happy dinner and a smooth bus ride back.

~ Stuart Hull
 
Proctor en Segovia experiential education modern art
 
Allie admires this sculpture by Dalí.
 
Proctor en Segovia experiential education modern art
 
Proctor en Segovia leaves for Camino de Santiago
 
And then we were off on a train to Galicia to walk for three days on the Camino de Santiago. More on that adventure coming very soon!
 
 
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  • Brooks Bicknell
    Colby yoou are quite the photographer! Feliz cumpleanos Stuart! Have fun all on El Camino. - Brooks
  • john ferris
    Great photos Colby! Wonderful to see Proctor doing Community Service in Spain. Food looks delicious!
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