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“IF YOU WANNA MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND MAKE A CHANGE!”

In level 4 Academic classes we have been discussing very deep and challenging topics in the last couple of weeks.

Mudejar Art: A Cultural Exploration Class

During the past two weeks, students at the academy who took the Mudejar ceramics class learned about Mudéjar art, a style that is native and unique to the history of Spain, and a meeting point between Christianity and Islam. Mudéjar refers to the Muslims who continued to practice their religion and their customs in the territories that became part of Christian dominions such as Granada, the last Moorish bastion in Spain before the Spanish Reconquest in 1492. The materials, techniques, and formal elements of Islamic artistic work left their stamp on the architecture of Spain.

Breakfast at Tiffany's? No, at Moroccan tea house in Granada today

This week's theme's include gaining understanding of the "Dieta Mediterranea". The level 4 class, after conducting research in the center of town on life styles and the true penetration of the diet in everyday life, stepped into a charming Moroccan tea shop for a mid-morning snack. We tried various teas such as "1001 Nights" or "A Thousand Flowers", coffees and sweets that made mouths water!

The Red Shirt Takeover

Today, there was a red shirt takeover down in Middlebury, Vermont!

The Chinese Academy—in one large exodus—swarmed into the small town of Middlebury, where they had the chance to check out the school and get a taste for the local culture of the small town.

The process of cooking and eating Salmorejo—A cultural experience in the kitchen

One of the most important aspects of culture is food. What and how we eat is very important. Cooking is a quintessential part of our lives, and we know that besides tasting, eating, and cooking are also some of the funniest activities you can do when you experience a different culture.

AMONG BREAD AND TRENCHES

 

Last weekend we visited a bakery in Alfacar, a small town close to the city of Granada. Alfacar is widely regarded as having the best bread in the whole province, so we decided to go there to learn the secrets of its popular flavor.

Learning by exploring: Today we are tour guides!

Last Saturday we had an amazing time walking around the B, the historical and beautiful neighborhood (declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO) where the ‘Colegio’ is located. As an activity during our Academic classes on Saturday, we had the opportunity to visit touristic sites, cultural places and beautiful buildings with stunning architecture which are the living example of the rich and broad cultural heritage of the city of Granada.

Fourth of July at Burriana Beach

When we talk about the Fourth of July we think of summer, fireworks, barbecues, parades family and friends. We are reminded of how much fun summer really is and how lucky we are to be able to celebrate this holiday in the United States. This year our Fourth of July strayed away from our traditional barbecue and fireworks. It was, however, still filled with food, fun and sun!

Visit to the Inquisition Exhibit

In sorting out the who's who of the unification of Spain that ensued from the marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand, MMLA students from level 4 went straight to the source at a Sephardic Palace in the heart off Granada's Albaycin, and learned about the expulsion of non-Catholics in 1492 and what life was like for those who decided to stay and convert to Catholicism. For many students, a Menorah with the heart of Mary added to it, was the first time they'd heard the term "syncretism".

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