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Graffiti Tour

Today Seville Global Discovery students went on a graffiti walking tour, seeing beautiful "arte callejero" (street art / graffiti) and learning about the history of graffiti.


At the end of the tour the students were allowed to do their own graffiti in a spot were it is legal to spray paint. 


The entire Global Discovery group proudly stands in front of their own graffiti work!



Sydney Scott (first picture) and Theo Boehm (picture above) paint their "tags" on the legal graffiti wall.

We are all getting excited for our day trip to Cadiz tomorrow. Stay tuned for more pictures!

¡Hasta luego!




Clase de Cocina

Today the Global Navigators took a Spanish cooking course at the Mercado de Triana. Students learned how to make two typical Spanish dishes: Gazpacho and Tortilla de Patata. Students learned that contrary to the common belief, gazpacho is NOT a soup, but rather a great cold summer drink (great for hot days like today!) 



Walking through the Mercado de Triana.


Tortilla de patata - egg and potato omelette, great for any meal, all year round!


Elliot, Nicholas and Valery working hard to drain the Gazpacho from the blender. Gazpacho - cold tomato drink blended with lots of tomatoes, cucumber, sweet pepper, garlic, and olive oil. Serve cold to beat the heat!

Everyone enjoyed the food that the students made and left happy and full! When the Global Navigators return to the United States, make sure to ask them to prepare you one of these new Spanish recipes. 


Settling into Seville, Spain!

Hola! Greetings from Seville, Spain! The Global Navigators arrived in Seville on Saturday after a long day of traveling and have been enjoying their orientation. During orientation students got to know their Program Leaders, teachers, and fellow classmates. They also attended sessions to learn about health, safety, and Spanish culture to help them excel during their time here. On Tuesday students met their host families and had their first day of class at the CIEE Study Center. Today students took a tour of their neighborhood and the downtown center to learn all of the important places that they will need to utilize during their time here. 


Students admire "Las Zetas" (The Mushrooms) on their neighborhood tour.


Students soak up the sun on their walk around the city center.


Students have done a great job navigating the city with the help of the amazing CIEE Orientation Staff, and their maps!


The Global Navigators have wasted no time getting started with their Digital Filmmaking and Documentary projects. Today during their free time many students explored the city, shooting for their first film project. 


Michael Bartsevich (pictured above) working hard on his Digital Filmmaking project in the beautiful Plaza Nueva.

!Hasta mañana! 

Un saludo,

Victoria Watson

Program Leader

Bike Ride through Plaza de España and Parque Maria Luisa

For the last cultural activity (where did the time go?!?!), students biked through Plaza de España and Parque Maria Luisa, two of the most beautiful attractions in Sevilla (in my opinion). You might even recognize Plaza de España from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones! Built in 1928 for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, Plaza de España has become a must-see for all visitors to Sevilla. Each of the 17 provinces are represented here in a beautiful array of tile benches. Currently, the Plaza is used to house various government offices. 


Meet your session 2 Program Leader: Victoria Watson

Hola! My name is Victoria Watson and I am the Session 2 Program Leader for the Global Navigator Program in Sevilla, Spain. I am so excited to meet you all and start this new adventure together in Sevilla! Four years ago I studied abroad with CIEE in Alicante, Spain during my undergraduate studies. This experience not only allowed me to gain Spanish language skills, but also was the start of a life long commitment to international education and cross-cultural learning. Studying abroad in Spain shaped my personal and professional future, and I look forward to being your Program Leader as you have the opportunity to take advantage of this experience for yourself! 

I live in Philadelphia, PA where I am a Middle School Spanish Teacher at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School. Before teaching Spanish, I taught English in a small rural town on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.  In addition to teaching Spanish and English, I also have previously taught Martial Arts, which is another passion of mine! My other hobbies include hanging out with my dog (who is from Costa Rica), biking, kayaking and traveling! 

I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you this summer and serving as a resource to ensure that you have an amazing experience.

Nos vemos pronto! Teacher Victoria


Masters of Gelato

On Thursday, the GD students learned about the the history ice cream making, an art that originated in China. Students met with the owner of Bolas (a Sevilla ice cream shop) and master of ice cream making, and learned about the efforts to revitalize artesian ice cream in Sevilla. Students got to taste various ice cream flavors and noticed how different this natural ice cream tasted compared to U.S. ice cream. 



Meeting the Spanish Students!

During the program, students had two opportunities to meet Spanish high school students. During one of the activities, students played ice breakers, sports, and learned Spanish games as well. The students really enjoyed getting to meet kids their own age and loved hearing about their own commonalities and differences! 


Cathedral y la Giralda!

On Tuesday, we visited some of my favorite monuments in Sevilla, the Giralda and Cathedral. 

The Cathedral of Sevilla is the third largest, and first largest Gothic cathedral in the world. 



The Cathedral is also famous for being one of the resting places of Christopher Columbus. Sevilla, Havana, and Santo Domingo all claim to be the resting places of Columbus, but only Sevilla has conducted DNA testing, which confirmed that the remains in Sevilla are indeed that of Columbus. Three keys are needed to open the remains of Columbus: one is the property of the church, the other of the city, and the third belongs to the remaining descendant of Columbus.


We then climbed up 34 levels to reach the top of the Giralda, the bell tower of the Cathedral originally built as a call to prayer during the Moorish period. As a Kansas City native, Sevilla (and especially the Giralda) holds a special place in my heart, since the two are sister cities. Kansas City even has a replica of the Giralda in the center of one of the most popular commerical centers in the city. 


Stay tuned for what these last few days have in store for the Global Discovery students! 

-Kassandra Valles, Program Leader

Visit to the Plaza de Toros!

On Monday, students visited the Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, the historic bullfighting ring and third largest of its kind in Spain. Before the tour, students walked around the neighboring Arenal barrio, once an important epicenter during Sevilla´s prominence as a trade city. 


Bullfighting, or la corrida de toros, is a highly contested activity in Spain. It is banned in many cities, but remains popular in cities such as Sevilla, Madrid, and Ronda. Whatever your beliefs on bullfighting are, it is evident that it remains a large aspect of Sevilla´s culture and history. 

Once an arena full of chaos (including cats, dogs, and mulitple bulls), the corrida de toros has evolved into a well-established process consisting of a torero and his team. 

The most popular time to see a bullfight is during Feria de abril, a weeklong festival in Sevilla where you can find a professional bullfight every night for two weeks straight. After that, amateur bullfights are typically held every Thursday until summertime ends. 


Granada Day 2: For Science!!!

On Saturday, students adventured down to Parque de las ciencias, an interactive science park. Students browsed an exhibition on the human body and robots, and even made some new friends! Even if they may not have been sentient beings...



video-1498575495 from Kassandra Valles on Vimeo.


video-1498575509.mp4 from Kassandra Valles on Vimeo.

It´s hard to believe the students leave this upcoming Saturday! Fortunately, we still have a week´s worth of cultural activities to enjoy!