Thursday, September 27, 2012

Alcalá de Henares

On Monday, my hotelmates Nick, Naveen and I began our orientation in Spain sponsored by La Fundación Consejo España-EEUU and El Instituto Benjamin Franklin at the University of Alcalá.

The morning started with lectures and discussions on terrorism in Spain and Spanish views of Latinos in the United States.



We had some very engaging discussions and realized that many issues that we take for granted in the United States are viewed with a different point of view by Spaniards. We also experienced first-hand that Spaniards hold many different opinions on the above subjects.


We continued our day with a delicious lunch at the University of Alcalá, followed by a tour of the town of Alcalá de Henares.

 



In addition to being the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish literary hero of the Spanish Golden Age, the town is also the death and resting place of Didacus of Alcalá, better known as San Diego de Alcalá, the namesake of America's Finest City. How's that for a little historical connection with home?