Categories

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

16 Favorite Foods from Around the World


*/

/*-->*/

/*-->*/
Food is more than just food when it comes to understanding another language and culture. Through food, you can learn about a culture’s history, culinary traditions and social customs. Here, at Middlebury Interactive, some of our favorite travel memories include traditional foods. We’ve compiled some of our favorite dishes and snacks from around the world. What would you add to the list?

Pages

Subscribe to Travel