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Erika Schneider
ELL Teacher with a love of culture, language and travel.
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...please, think of the galaxy and use your Spanish. This incredible poster hangs in the CIEE office where today, students took their final STAMP exam. Though a little stressful, students were excited to show off their new skills and find out how much they have grown. Continue reading
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Today we took a day trip to Cordoba. We visited La Mezquita, a synagogue and the Alcazar to understand the confluence of three religions and cultures in Andalucia. La Mezquita is an amazing structure that holds a cathedral inside a mosque on top of a Visigoth church. WOW! Here's a... Continue reading
Today we took a guided tour of the enormous Cathedral that we pass every day on the way to class. It is the third largest in the world and contains Christopher Columbus's tomb. At the end we climbed 34 floors to the top of Giralda tower to see a beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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In the middle of the old city stands a modern stucture named Metropol Parasol. It is also known as Las Setas (the mushrooms) because of its form. This morning we took a tour of Las Setas that described the controversial history behind this modern structure and we went up to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Agata finds the perfect angle to capture the incredible view. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Alex, Mando and Lily in the Mirador San Nicolas. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Ninnevah, Fanta, Amita and Kendya with the Alhambra in the background. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Sevilla has been hot hot hot! Most of us have be hearing the phrase, "Que calor!" all day long for the past two weeks. So, when we arrived in Granada on Friday, almost everyone took advantage of the rooftop pool. What a treat! After lunch and a swim/siesta, we had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today was another small group day in Sevilla. We had a wonderful time making traditional Spanish food. To make tortilla, you have to start with thinly cut tomatoes. Thank you Ninnevah and Zoe! On the other side of the counter, another bright young lady named Zoe showed off knife skills... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
Uh oh... has Lily done this before? ; ) Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
Katrina finds her spot for musical notes. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
Marc describes his work in Spanish. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
Gabby is excited to get started! Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
Jack has his artwork all planned out. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
Fanta works on her graffiti skills. Don't worry, parents! This is CIEE's wall space along the canal! Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today we split into groups. 15 of us went to take cooking lessons, another 15 came with me to take a tour of the best graffiti spots in Sevilla. Our guide, Alejandro, started with the history of graffiti and showed us an enormous masterpiece. We walked along the river and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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On Thursday night many of us attended a bull fight in the Plaza del Toros. As we walked over, the sun was setting behind our homes in Triana. The torreros in the festejo were between 16-20 years old, still in training to some day become famous. I won't go into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Today we toured Cadiz, a small city surrounded by water. We were all amazed by the monuments and enjoyed taking a photo in front of the ayuntamiento, town hall. Our guide, Alejandro, taught us about the layers of history in the city from the Phonecians, to the Visigoths, to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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In small groups, students were challenged to create team names, symbols, theme songs and goals. This team had us all singing. By the end, our new community was ready to meet our new families. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Check out this video of the Flamenco show we saw this morning. We were all mesmerized by the incredible footwork, speed and rhythm. We can't wait for our Flamenco class! Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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Saying Hola. We love it! Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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These students are standing across the river from the beautiful barrio of Triana. Behind them, you can see the wonderful buildings that characterize this unique neighborhood. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
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The big group in front of the Plaza de España. The Plaza was constructed in 1917 for the World Fair. Along the side are murals dedicated to each province. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE
After many hours on airplanes and in airports we've made it to beautiful Seville! During our layover in Madrid, the group took over gate K87 for icebreakers. In our "speed dating" game, everyone got to meet and learn what they are most excited for. After creating a raucous, we played... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at High School Summer Abroad Blog | CIEE