Cosas de Sevilla #2, Fall 2017
Dear Friends and Family of The Texas Tech University Center in Sevilla,
Welcome to the second edition of this semester's newsletter. Things have gotten off to a great start. We had two excursions after the first week of class; a visit to a winery and the beach on Friday and the Roman ruins of Itálica on Saturday.
On Friday, we started the day in Bollullos Par del Condado with a tour of the winery las Bodegas Privilegio del Condado. We were able to learn about the very interesting wine making process by seeing first-hand how the wine is made and where it is stored. We were impressed to learn that the Bodegas Privilegio del Condado alone processes over five million liters of wine a year! After visiting the winery, we spent the rest of the day at the nearby beach of Matalascañas. I think everyone agreed that this was a much needed break from the heat we´ve been experiencing in Sevilla!
The following day, the group met up again for a short trip to Itálica, a Roman city that dates from 205 B.C. We traveled by bus to the nearby town of Santiponce which houses the ruins. The Romans originally established Itálica as a retirement home for wounded soldiers who had fought in the decisive battle of Ilipa to defeat the Carthaginians. First, we saw the amphitheater - the fourth largest in the Roman Empire. Then the group explored the streets of the city. Few standing structures survive in the city itself, so it took some imagination and the help of our director, Dr. Inglis, to picture what the city was like during its heyday. The extremely well-preserved mosaic floors helped everyone imagine what the Roman houses looked like. After a brief coffee and bathroom stop, it was back the bus to make it to Seville in time for everyone to enjoy lunch with their host families.
Back at The Center, students are staying busy with quizzes, tests and projects. We are always happy to welcome friends and family that come through Seville, and many have joined us on excursions!
Next week, the group will be going to learn all about Christopher Columbus in La Rábida from where he set sail from for his famous voyage. You will hear all about that trip next. That's it for this now.
¡Hasta la próxima!