By SPA 370-Spring 19
Our last posting is a collection of photos. Each of us was charged with selecting one image that could somehow represent a key moment or realization that happened during the trip. The pictures below are the result of that quest and, we believe, will stay with us long after these two weeks of following the steps of Sira Quiroga, the main character of El tiempo entre costuras (The Time in Between, María Dueñas, 2009), through Spain, Morocco, and Portugal.
We could choose between writing the caption in Spanish or English. The photos and captions are posted in the order in which they were submitted.
Ana (our insider in Spain and support instructor)
Para mí, ésta es la imagen que resume mejor la experiencia de estas dos semanas: el encuentro que hemos vivido entre el Atlántico y el Mediterráneo. Nuestro grupo representa las ganas de aprender, de conocer mejor la cultura del Mediterráneo, viniendo del Atlántico. Del mismo modo, la protagonista de El tiempo entre costuras se ve empujada a este encuentro, que marcará su vida, como la nuestra, acercándola a otras culturas, a otras realidades. Gracias por la oportunidad de compartir esta experiencia maravillosa.
Esta imagen –tomada desde el bus cuando regresábamos a Ceuta (territorio español en África) desde Marruecos– para mí resume un poco la experiencia de estas dos semanas. Refleja lo oculto detrás de estas tierras y mares, y sobre todo cuenta una historia. Una historia de montañas verdes, ríos y lagos donde los estereotipos me habían hecho pensar que encontraría desiertos; una historia de bellas ciudades que visitamos, de gente amable, de carreteras y altas colinas que nos permitieron apreciar tanto paisajes urbanos como la naturaleza. Fue un recorrido grandioso seguir los pasos de Sira a lo largo de dos continentes.
I pick this photo because while wandering in Málaga (I may have been a little lost) this scene caught my attention. I hope to soon return to Spain after longing to visit for years. I would love to be able to sit at this very table with someone I care about and further grow as a person in such a beautiful country.
Looking out over Lisbon. This photo was taken towards the end of our journey across the Atlantic. This Faculty-Led Program offered me the opportunity to follow the footsteps of Sira, the protagonist of El tiempo entre costuras, and see the marvelous sights as she would have in the 1930s and 1940s. But it also gave me a chance to revel in the various cultures and customs which each of the countries afforded us. From the siestas in Spain, the markets in Morocco, to the pastries in Portugal… it is impossible to choose a favorite place as each one is unique and special in its own way. 💕
In our way up the slippery slopes of Lisboa I was high enough to see the amazing panoramic views of the city. I loved Lisboa’s energy and hospitality. It’s a great place where I talked to locals and practiced my Portuguese, something I’ve been wanting to do for months. I hope I will return to Portugal soon–if not I’ll go to Brazil and discover Brazilian Portuguese.
I chose this photo because it was taken in our “headquarters” in Málaga; because we are all in it and, above all, because it shows a process rather than a perfect group shot. We have visited three countries and several cities; every move meant that we had to find our bearings once again and adapt to a different language, geography, food… Just like in the photo, it took some time to adjust, but in the process I hope we all became more open, flexible, and respectful when confronted with difference.
One of my favorite pictures of the trip. Not because of the picture, but because of the feeling it gave me. I never thought I would have the chance to go to Africa. And we did! This was a very emotional moment for me because I had never seen such natural beauty. Being immersed in a culture that was so different from mine was humbling, and exciting.