The Language and Culture of La Rioja, Spain.


Our professors spoke English on the first day of class, in order to explain the lesson. They both informed us that that would be the only day of English. The reason for this was to allow our minds to quickly assimilate to hearing and thinking in Español. Our job was to review the day’s lesson and do additional assignments. The following day we would recap and continue on with more challenging lessons.

San Millán Yuso Monastery


IMG_20130717_183146The Spanish Language (Español) was first written within these walls. We visited both the monasteries of Yuso and Suso. First, we visited Suso, which is located on top of a picturesque hill overlooking the village of San Millán de la Cogolla and the monastery Yuso. As mentioned in an earlier post, pilgrims on their way to saint James tend to visit this site for personal and religious reasons.

These books hold the languages of Spain. They can weigh anywhere from 30 – 60 kg. The basque language is also written in these books.


This chest contains the remains of San Millán.

Casa de las Ciencias

The Rio Ebro flows eastward to the Mediterranean. It is the longest river in Spain. The Real Monasterio de Nuestra Senora de Rueda (Royal Monastery of Our Lady of the Wheel), is located on the banks of the Ebro in Aragon. It used one of the first large waterwheels constructed for powering Spain.


The museum is located along the Ebro River.



IMG_20130721_185125These are replicas of dinosaur footprints found in La Rioja (Science Museum in Logroño). The reproduction of Dinosaur footprints is here to depict the belief that dinosaurs roamed in this region, Logroño.

– Krystol Jones

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