Salamanca

CIEE Madrid Study Tour - Fall Block I

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Castilla and León is a region of northwestern Spain. Salamanca, Segovia, and Burgos are 3 of its main cities. Salamanca is known for its 12th-century University, Renaissance churches and baroque Plaza Mayor. Segovia’s ancient Roman aqueduct has more than 160 arches, and the hilltop Alcázar castle overlooks the city. Burgos is marked by its intact medieval architecture. Its most recognizable landmark is the French Gothic Cathedral of St. Mary, whose 3 main doorways are flanked by ornamented bell towers.

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Friday

SPANISH WINE CELLAR GUIDED TOUR – PRODUCTION PROCESS LEARNING & TASTING
Wine cellars Grupo Yllera was founded in 1970 and is strategically located in the most exclusive viticulture area in Spain, and the village of Rueda is home to its emblematic wineries. The wine history began with the development of the blanco verdejo wine. The Yllera family a pioneer in the region (with the launch of the legendary Cantosan wine) and the founding member from the Regulatory Board of the Denominación de Origen Rueda, the first denomination created in Castilla y León. Their wine cellar 20 meters below ground combines wine, art, mythology, history, and culture. Various rooms form an intricate labyrinth in which its different wines are related with some of the episodes from the myth of the Minotaur.

INTRODUCTION TO SALAMANCA - THE GARDENS OF CALIXTO AND MELIBEA AND LIS PALACE VIEWS
Meet CIEE Staff at hostel lobby to walk together to the city center and visit the famous gardens of Calixto and Melibea: a landscaped area where you can see the cathedral. It was the meeting point of the two lovers of one of the masterpieces of Spanish literature: La Celestina written by Fernando de Rojas. The group will stop at the main square and CIEE staff will give you suggestions on how to navigate Salamanca on your own during your free time.

Saturday

GUIDED WALKING TOUR IN SALAMANCA
One of Spain’s most prized assets, the stunning city has been Spain’s academic core for the prestigious Salamanca University and is today not only a UNESCO World Heritage City but also a European Capital of Culture, a title bestowed upon it in 2002. Located in the autonomous community of Castilla y León, Salamanca is situated among the region’s landscape of dramatic mountain ranges and pastures extending beyond the horizon. During our guided tour, we will visit emblematic sights of the city such as the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca, Casa de las Conchas house (a gothic style construction that attracts the attention due to the over three hundred shells which cover its outer walls), the old and new cathedrals of Salamanca, and the most famous University of Salamanca, which was founded in 1218, and gained great prestige outside Spain as a center for teaching and culture.

TYPICAL “TAPAS” TASTING
The historic center of Salamanca is a perfect place to have tapas while touring the city. At any time of the year, you come across hundreds of international students or tourists who color the city. Take the opportunity to try and enjoy the most traditional tapas in Salamanca with the CIEE staff.

Sunday

KAYAKING ON THE FORCE OF THE DURATON RIVER – HOCES DE DURATON
The course of the waters of the Duraton has carved deep gorges in this park, which today is a spectacular refuge for numerous forest birds of prey. *This activity requires swimwear, flip flops, towel, and a change of shoes and clothes. CIEE suggests that you also bring a water bottle and hat/sun visor and sunscreen. There are no changing rooms. Required: You must know how to swim in order to participate. If you don’t want to participate in this activity you can participate in a short hike along the river.

Free Time Suggestions

Casa Lis — Art Déco y Art Nouveau Museum

Visit Casa Lis — Art Déco y Art Nouveau museum (Calle Gibraltar, 14), a modern palace and museum. You will be fascinated by its interior covered by a crystal roof. The price is 2EUR with your student ID and its open from 5PM to 8PM.

Outdoor Pool of Garrido

Stay hydrated in the outdoor pool of Garrido (Avenida Vicente del Bosque): Fight the heat for only 3.60EUR. The pool is open from 8 AM to 11 PM, except Saturdays, when it is open from 9 AM to 8 PM. From the hostel you must take the bus (line 3) from Calle Gran Vía, 75 to Avenida Los Cedros – 7 stops, 11 minutes.

Monasterio de San Esteban

Visit the Monasterio de San Esteban 
(Plaza del Concilio del Trento, 3): An ancient cloister of the 16th century with a spectacular plateresque facade. 

WHAT ARE THE STUDY TOUR LEARNING OBJECTIVES?

The intercultural learning objectives of the study tour curriculum—delivered in two parts, pre- and post-tour—are to promote cultural self-awareness, cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop competencies to experience new and unfamiliar experiences without relying on stereotypes and heuristics.

Each study tour should achieve learning objectives in each academic track whereby students can:

ARTICULATE some of their own values and beliefs, and explain how these values and beliefs, as well as their experiences, have shaped their own views surrounding politics and international
relations in general.

RECOGNIZE diversity and difference within the local cultural context, and be able to compare and contrast this with the diversity that exists in other contexts with which they may be familiar.

IDENTIFY at least two ways in which practices surrounding media in the host environment are culturally-influenced and/or ways that media practices in the host environment impacts culture.

EVALUATE at least two ways in which social and cultural factors in the host environment have influenced values, beliefs, assumptions, or practices surrounding local healthcare.

DECONSTRUCT their own assumptions and values and analyze how these shape their views on international business. In addition to achieving learning objectives in the academic tracks a study tour presents opportunities to support students understanding the cultural beings of Self and Other. These include developing abilities to self-reflect and become more self-aware, increase their understanding of the salient values in their previous and current environment, and develop their capacity for the awareness of others in their previous and current cultural context.

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