Segovia, Spain

Hello everyone!

I am back with a quick update from the day trip that I took today with my school here in Spain! Earlier this morning we drove about two hours away to visit the city of Segovia. Since my school planned this trip, I didn’t know what to expect going into it but man was it magnificent!

Here are some first few looks as we were walking up:

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The alcázar is visible in the distance

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Our first stop was the Alcázar of Segovia which is essentially a castle which has served as  a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy. It started as a Roman military fort but construction began in 1120 with muslim architectural influence in a christian dominated nation.

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My professor informed us that this castle was the inspiration for Disney’s Snow White castle

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There is a pretty steep drop off and therefore the drawbridge is a necessary aspect of the castle

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Met so many great people through my program

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These two have been with me from Morocco and back!

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The rooms we walked through inside were equally as impressive. The muslim and jewish architectural influence here in Spain makes everything so unique and beautiful. I am always in awe.

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In the room of the Spanish kings and queens where there are small figurines of each ruler

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The throne room. My professor noted that back when Ferdinand and Ysabel were in power, they used symbols of Flechas and Yugos (arrows and yokes) to represent the king and queen. Flechas for Ferdinand and Yugos for Ysabel because the majority of the population didn’t know how to read.

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Those knights in shining armor!

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After our tour we had a little bit of free time to climb some stairs to reach the top of the castle… where we found a spectacular view.

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Oh Spain how I love you!
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My partner in crime

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My lovely family I have here in Spain. Such a great group of people.

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Afterwards we returned with our tour group to walk through the old city of Segovia and admire the beautiful architecture. One of my favorite parts was getting to see the outside of the cathedral.

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People have the perception that all my days here in Spain are bright and sunny… trust me we get our fair share of rain here during the winter months!

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The Plaza Mayor of Segovia
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The cathedral of Segovia

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After the walk around time we made our way to the aqueduct of Segovia which is one of the best preserved and most elevated Roman aqueducts it was probably completed around 98 AD!

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My wonderful host sister Ariel

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After taking in amazing views we stopped by a local restaurant for lunch with my school group and shortly after returned home to Toledo! Although it was a short journey, I am very thankful I had the opportunity to see such a beautiful and historic place.

Worry less and smile more. 

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