Today we were back to our weekday schedule, with class in the morning followed by lunch, a lecture, and a visit to one of Salamanca’s museums. Even though none of us were up very late, we were still pretty tired from yesterday’s excursion to Madrid, which made for a long morning. I ended up having to buy a second cup of coffee between classes! With our final exam scheduled for a week from today, none of us exactly felt like dozing off in class, so we managed to power through.
The lecture on Spanish history this afternoon wasn’t required, but many of us chose to go anyway. Carlos, who is basically our favorite person at this point, gave an overview of everything important that’s happened in Spain from before the Roman Empire's occupation to the present day. That’s a span of time of about 2000 years, so a lot of information was thrown at us. It was a great lecture though, as everything we learned was placed in the context of Spanish language and culture as it exists today.
After the lecture, we visited the University of Salamanca (the oldest university in Spain, and the fourth oldest in the world!) where classes have been held for more than 750 years. While the University has a new location, the old building is now a beautiful museum. We spent about two hours looking at pretty ceilings and learning about the school’s ancient pedagogy and traditions. It smelled like old books and kind of looked like Hogwarts.
After the museum visit, we all took another Tapas Tour. This was another not required event, but everything tasted so good when we went last week that we chose to go again! We visited two familiar restaurants as well as a couple new ones. One of them we went to used to be a horse stable a while back, and the inside resembles a brick wine cellar. Pretty sweet, to say the least! Carlos told us that when he was a student at the University of Salamanca, he would occasionally come to this restaurant to avoid a class led by a mediocre professor. For us, there was no better way to end the night than by sharing delicious food with great people!