I am ecstatic to be writing about, my wonderful SIP trip to Urbania Italy, with Centennial College and Centro Studi Italiani. From the beginning to the end, everyone you met was eager to welcome you into their homeland and into their lives. From the directors of the school to the staff, our homestay host, and the locals, we were constantly surrounded by Italian hospitality and warmth. This immersion into the culture, allowed no time to miss or develop homesickness. Urbania became home. We now have a new family with our hosts, and made new friends that will last a lifetime. Creating this close bond, was not easy. However, a goal of mine was to be more accepting of situations and become more outgoing. This allowed me to benefit fully from all the experiences in front of me. This trip truly encouraged me to develop communication skills, that are invaluable in today’s job society. I am grateful to have participated in this program. All of my expectations were shattered, and I came back to Centennial College with a sweeter outlook on our world. Grazie mille Centennial College e Centro Studi Italiani !
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Its my third week studying Spanish at the University of Oviedo as part of Centennial College’s SIPs, and I just finished the weekend off with a school trip to Covadonga, Picos de Europa, and Congas de Onís. These trips shows the history of Asturias according to my professor and locals. Our first stop was the Congas de Onís, which had the Puente Romano. It is a bridge built in the medieval times from the reign of Alfonso XI of Castille and Leon. In the middle of the reconstructed bridge, hangs the Victoria Cross, that relates to the battle of Covadonga. On our way to Picos de Europa, a national park in Northern coast of Spain, we had to stop for passing cows, that lived in these mountains. The cow bells rang in the background, as I hiked up and down the paved path along these mountain peaks. Beyond these inlands were lakes, Ercina and Enol, that glowed with a deep blue hues. It was quite a magnificent view! What I also saw and learn was that it was a site for mining.
Covadonga was our next location, and it has a history that relates to religions; Christianity and Muslim. I am not verse in history, but before choosing the SIPs, I researched Oviedo, and found this part interesting. On train and bus rides in Spain, each region and cities I pass by, I start noticing geographical, cultural and religious influences. Another note, I had a chance to see the elegantly dressed guests of a wedding in the rosie wall, Basilica of Santa María la Real of Covadonga. The traditional bag pipe was played. According to my professor, it is custom for a Spanish wedding guests to gift about 150€ each when they do accept their invites. I guest I will be sending my best wishes to any future Spanish weddings.
Sherry Ing, currently enjoying the Spanish course in Centennial College’s SIPs at the University of Oviedo this summer.
What am I up to this summer break? I am excited to say that I am doing a Centennial College summer international program at the University of Oviedo in the province of Asturias in Spain. It is where I will be spending the next three weeks learning Spanish. Often, the first week can be nerve racking, not knowing anyone yet, the new time shift, and unfamiliar customs. Thats why its important to try these 3 things in the first week of your summer international program in Spain that can help you transition smoothly to the new setting.
In the first week, I had my first espicha welcoming party and sipped sidra from an interesting technique. This is an event you do not want to miss out on your first week in the Universiad de Oviedo intensive Spanish course. This is where you can meet some of your classmate in a social setting and also try something new. What is an espicha? It is a festive, social event in Asturia and sidra is usually consumed at the local sidrería, such as Tierra Astur, in which you would not have a difficult time finding in Oviedo. Sidra is cider and is a popular alcoholic beverage in Asturias, that is made from fermented apple juices. The person usually pour it from a height so the sidra becomes foamy and sparkling. As well as, it is drank at a short amount of time, as it will get warm. An 1/2 inch residue of the sidra is left at the bottom of the drinking glass, so to rinse and clean it out.
The video above shows me making my first attempt at pouring the sidra from the large wooden barrel. This is a must try when in your first week in Oviedo, Spain. I and others had the same feelings when we hesitate to try this technique. We were worry about it getting all over ourselves, spill it every where or it might pour the wrong way. To my surprise, it was not what I thought, I only had some sidra on my hands, but was easy to clean up. The night finished off with traditional music, usually the bag pipe musical instrument is played, along with singing, and dancing. They also served tasting of a walnut dessert.
3. CITY HALL:
Ayuntamiento de Oviedo is the city hall of Oviedo, where the municipality decisions are made. Its one of the places you can go inside with your school group. The meeting table is where the council communicate with each other in order to make important decisions on the municipal level.
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Summer International Program 2016 Oviedo, Spain
As a frequent traveler, I have been to 16 countries and over 50 famous destinations all-over the world; but if you ask me to recommend the best beach I have ever been, with no doubt, I will give you the name “San Sebastián”, or in the local Basque language, “Donostia”.
Before I start to introduce this amazing city, I would like to quote some words from my travel guide book; “We would like to say there is nothing impossible in the world, but there is one exception, that if someone comes to San Sebastián and didn’t fall in love with the city, which is absolutely impossible”. I was very much impressed by it, and of course, San Sebastián was even beyond my expectation, and here is why:
There are two beaches in San Sebastián, which are Zurriola Beach in the east and Kontxa Hondartza Beach in the west. These two beaches are actually quite close, but in two different styles, like completely different. So firstly, the Zurriola Beach is open towards to the Atlantic Ocean, then the wave here is pretty big, for sure it is not good for swimming, and it is absolutely ideal for the surfing. BTW, the surfing class is also available here, if you haven’t tried before, here is one of the best places for beginner. By contrast, the Kontxa Hondartza Beach is bigger, but much more relaxing, prefect for swimming, snorkeling, beach volleyball, beach football, sunbath, book reading, sand castle building… and many other fun activities.
Right beside of Kontxa Hondartza Beach is the historical part of San Sebastián. The archaic street, shops and churches will bring your back to the old time, to see the old Europe, when the great artists were traveling cross Europe, and making their masterpieces. Just don’t follow the crowd, make you own way, get lost in the city, you will alway discover something new and something interesting, and trust me, it is really fascinating.
San Sebastián is not only famous for its beautiful beaches, but also, it is called the capital of “Pintxos”. “Pintxos” is the traditional Spanish food, south Spain call it “Tapas”, it is made by many ingredients, with over 1 million different flavors and matches. I believe it is understandable that food is really hard to be described in words, then you will have to try you own. But I will put my reputation here, to say, San Sebastián’ Pintxos is definitely one the best in Spain.
There are much more about San Sebastián I couldn’t put in words here, but there is one thing I have to say, that San Sebastián is one of the best destination in Spain, and if you go there, you will find out more.
HOLA! LLANO: A SHORT LLANO BONITO VISUAL ESSAY
By: Sherry Ing, GEO International Internship Costa Rica Summer 2015 participant
This is a brief summary of a short visual essay of my global experience internship in Llano Bonito, Costa Rica.