Day 11: We were able to sleep in before we headed to the beach for the day! We were able to go to a suburb of Athens and check out the beach, walk around, and get lunch. After that, we came back to the hotel to get ready for class. During class, we learned about Fractal Geometry. It was very interesting! After class, we got ready for our last group dinner in Athens. It was at a rooftop restaurant with a great view of the Acropolis. It was awesome! That night, some of us felt an earthquake!
Day 12: We got up bright and early to go to the airport and go to Rome! It was a two hour flight. Once we landed, our guide met us to the bus. While traveling to Rome, she gave us detailed history of the city. We also stopped on the way to the hotel to check out the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. It was amazing to finally see in person! We checked into the hotel and then went to an Italian restaurant for a group lunch. How yummy! Many people took the rest of the day to rest and work on homework as we have Midterm’s tomorrow (as well as a visit to the Colosseum)! How exciting :).
Inside the Pantheon
This morning, we got up to go with our guide to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. She walked us through the museum with whisper headsets again. We were able to see lots of items that they had discovered over the years. It was amazing to see items that were that old! After that, there was free time for the rest of the day. Many people used this time to shop, do homework, grab food, do laundry, and explore any part of Athens that they wanted. Some of our class members hiked up the mountain to check out the beautiful views! We are enjoying our downtime to catch up on sleep, relax, and do homework. We are all having so much fun and learning a lot too!
After a good nights sleep and a yummy breakfast, we were out the door to go to the Acropolis Museum. Our Athens guide led us through the museum using whisper headsets. In the museum, there were items that they had excavated from the sites of the Acropolis. It was really cool! There were some artifacts as well as statues. Thankfully, it stopped raining by the time we headed up the mountain to the site of the Acropolis. As engineering and math students, it was amazing to see how the Greeks were able to create buildings that are still standing centuries later. After the tour, many of us went in small groups to a get gyros. They were a huge hit! Afterwards, we had class at 3. In class, we had two student presentations. One on the city of Athens, and one on the Roman Architecture of the Pantheon. Dr. Hennessey gave a presentation on Columns, Roofs, and Ceilings. Afterwards, Dr. Shakiban presented on Fractal Geometry. They were very interesting talks. After class, people went back to the hotel to get ready for the Orchestra. The Orchestra was packed! Most of the performances were different singing groups. It was awesome to listen to live Greek Music! Afterwards, we took the subway back to the hotel and went to sleep.
Group Picture on the Acropolis.
View of Athens from the Acropolis.
Day 7: In the morning, we got up and took a bus to Parc Guell which was designed by Gaudi. It was far from our hotel, so we were thankful for the bus! We had our Barcelona guide with us, who walked us through the park and also allowed for a few minutes for free exploration. We drove by the site of the Olympics back in 1992 as well. After the park, we went to a house that was designed by Gaudi. The house was so cool! While going through the tour, we were given a headset and a device similar to an iphone. While walking through the house, there was audio giving history of the room. You could also point your devices camera at the room and be able to see what the house looked like before it was a museum! After that, people were on their own to get lunch before a two hour class session. After class, people went to get a quick dinner before heading to the FC Barcelona game! The game was awesome, there were so many fans! Messi scored two goals fairly quickly, and soon enough it was 4-0 at half. Some of the group went back to the hotel at half time, others stayed till the end. The final score was 5-0. It was such a cool experience!
Group photo with barcelona in the background
A few of the girls at Parc Guell.
Selfie from the FC Barcelona game.
Day 8 Athens: We woke up bright and early and headed to the airport to go to Athens. Once in Athens, we took a panoramic bus tour to get a feel for the city and look at a few sites. After, we checked into the hotel, got organized, and headed to a group dinner. After dinner, everyone was exhausted and headed to bed to rest up for a fun day exploring Athens!
We had nothing going on in the morning, so we were all able to sleep in, eat breakfast, and do some more shopping. At 12:30, we left to take the subway to La Sagrada Familia. I never knew it was that huge! We had whisper headsets again with a guide. It was neat to hear the meanings behind the engravings on the church. The inside was magnificent! The ceiling was huge. They told us the estimated completion date would be in 2026. After the tour, we were on our own to find lunch and make our way back to the hotel. Because it has been mid fifties, walking around has been fun and enjoyable! With the night free, people are using it to do some shopping, homework, and relaxing. Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day as we are going on a few tours and to the FC Barcelona game! Whoo!
Group Photo outside La Sagrada Familia
Inside La Sagrada Familia
We were able to sleep in this morning because we did not have class until 12. With the morning free, people slept late, went to breakfast, and did homework in the hotel lobby. Some even got up to explore! During class, we learned how to find a golden ratio, buttresses, and different kinds of arches. It is cool because we have seen so many of these arches already! After class at 2, we all explored Barcelona. Most people went to the market for lunch, and then to the beach to see the ocean! There is a main road in Barcelona called La Rambla with a ton of shops off of it. People were able to shop for souvenirs and FC Barcelona gear since we are going to a game on Thursday night! After exploring the city of Barcelona, we had a group tapas dinner at 7:30.
Beach in Barcelona
In the morning, we woke up for a classroom session. We learned about homogeneous transformations, which we will see a lot of at La Sagrada Familia. After we had class, we packed up our stuff to store at the hotel. We were on our own for lunch. Many of us went out in small groups to get lunch and do some shopping. A lot of us went to check out the cathedral, it was huge!! Many of us also took the time to work on some homework and group projects or play card games during the free time. At 4:15, a bus took us to the Granada Airport to go to Barcelona. After we almost lost a student’s luggage and the bus was late, we finally made it to the hotel in Barcelona at 11. Many of us went out for dinner as we were all very hungry! Looking forward to exploring Barcelona more tomorrow!
P.S Happy Birthday to Joe!!
A couple of people went to mass in the Cathedral and were able to snap a quick picture of the inside.
Walking towards the Cathedral and the city center of Granada.
This morning we woke up and headed out to the Alhambra. Little did we know, we were going to have to walk up a huge hill to reach the Alhambra. We stopped to take some pictures halfway just to take a break. When we arrived at the Alhambra, we met our tour guide, Ramon. Ramon was awesome and gave a lot of history of the city of Granada and the Alhambra itself. The Alhambra is not just one palace, but it is basically a city! There were three main palaces, a ton of other buildings, and many beautiful gardens. After the tour, we were on our own to find lunch. A group of us went and ordered tapas to share. After lunch, we all met back at the hotel for class. We learned about transformations in class today and then did an in class worksheet practicing the transformations. After a quick quiz, we left to go get ready for a group dinner. The group dinner was at a Flamenco restaurant. We had a paella dish for dinner and then after enjoyed a Flamenco dance by both a man and a woman. It was awesome! After a long day, we headed back to the hotel to get some much needed rest. Tomorrow is our last day in Granada before we leave for Barcelona tomorrow night.
P.S One of our classmates took over the UST snapchat today. Add @UofStThomasMN to check out our trip!
This was our tour guide, Ramon. We all had head headphones in and Ramon was speaking into a microphone so we could hear him well.
This is an example of a wallpaper from the Alhambra, which is something we’ve been learning about in class!
This is an overview of Granada from the Alhambra
This is a picture of the nine girls on the trip
Hola from Spain! After we landed in Madrid, we took an hour bus ride to Toledo. When we got to Toledo, we dropped our bags off at the hotel and went to explore Toledo! By explore, I mean, we went to find food 🙂 Shortly after, we had a classroom session. We had a lecture about Linear Algebra and reflections. We learned about the History and Geometric Patterns of the Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca. Right after, we went to visit the Synagogue in person! Later that night, we had a group dinner at La Abadia. La Abadia was in old caves which was really cool! On the way there, there was a parade for the national holiday tomorrow, Epiphany. There was even fireworks! Everyone is exhausted, but excited for our walking tour of the city tomorrow! Below are pictures from the dinner.