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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".

Communicating through music and dance!

Our students at the academy are making huge strides communicating using Spanish everywhere and at anytime. But that's not the only way they are getting to know each other.... They are also using music and dance to express themselves here at the academy! Last week, they had a weeklong cultural exploration class, Baile Latino, where they learned Latin dances, such as merengue, bachata, salsa and cumbia. These kids quickly learned how fun it is to dance with a partner and they showcased what they learned on one of the academic assemblies on Thursday evening....

Costume Party 2

From Costume Party #1

Costume party at MMLA—let your imagination run free! #1

On Friday we had our first costume party and contest at MMLA Granada, and it was a complete success! Every residential group had been meeting from Monday to work on the costume and prepare a performance…their work and lack of siesta definitely paid off.

The Art of Gastronomy

Cultural exploration classes: Beyond language learning

 

Sol y sombra

The first stop on the Spanish Academy's Granada's Fourth of July outing was a visit to the prettiest village in Spain, according to the Spanish Tourism Board: Frigiliana.

Just across the line between the Granada and Malaga provinces, the village of Moorish origin and site of the last Moorish uprising in Spain in the late 1500s is tucked into the mountainside, towering over the Mediterranean.

Water Fight to Beat the Heat!

It was 1 p.m. when we finished our scavenger hunt around the school today—which in Granada means it was really, really hot. And what a better solution than an ice cold water fight?

We still don´t know how it happened, but suddenly all our students were grabbing water balloons, filling them up, and running around the patio spraying everybody with water, including us, the RAs. But we didn´t get mad, we got them soaking wet too!

Let's party # 2

As mentoned before, we hosted a party with some teenagers from the city. Here you have more pictures from the event.

Let's Party, en español

On a warm afternoon in Granada, the Academy welcomed a group of Spaniards. The majority of these students were from Granada, although we had visitors from various parts of the region, including a Japanese girl who is finishing up a year-long study abroad program in this city.

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