Saturday, November 18, 2017

MSU Choir

Day 11: Coming Home

Today, Friday, June 2, we left for home.  We were excited to come back to our family and friends, but knew that we would miss seeing and tasting the culture of both Spain and Portugal.  This morning we would receive a wake-up call at 3AM.  We were to have our bags down to the lobby by 4AM and all be …

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Day 10: Learning in Lisbon

We only had one full day to explore as many sites as possible in Lisbon, Portugal. In addition to seeing the top tourist attractions, we also wanted to learn more about the history of the region. Portugal, which is located adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, is a small country in terms of size, roughly about the same size as the …

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Day 9: Next Stop Portugal!

Following a week of successful concerts in Spain, it was now onto Portugal, but not before deliberating on whether or not we should instead visit the beautiful Barcelona region in the northern Spain.  We decided to stick to our initial plan and to perform in Portugal. This may be our only opportunity for us ever visit Portugal and share the …

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Day 8: Exploring the Palacio de los Reales Alcazares

Day 8: Exploring the Palacio de los Reales Alcazares

We only have one more full day left in Spain and this trip has been an eye-opening experience for us all. Experiencing the food, people, and overall culture is something none of us will soon forget. Following breakfast, we embarked on another excursion by foot to see what else we may discover in Seville. Throughout the choir’s years of international …

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Day 7: Flamenco Dancing in Seville

Each day draws us nearer to the end of our time in Spain and there are only four days left on our tour. Yesterday, we left Malaga and hit the road to Córdoba and Seville. Upon arriving in Córdoba and exiting the bus we were greeted by the sight of the massive “El Puente Romano” bridge, which was built by the ancient …

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Day 6: The Beaches of Torremolinos and the Wonders of Malaga and Coin

While in Spain, our goal is to see as much of the country as possible. Today, we packed up our bags once again to tour the city of Malaga, before our next concert performance in the neighboring city of Coin. The further south we traveled, the more moderate and comfortable were the temperatures. On the way to Malaga, we stopped …

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Day 5: Toledo to Granada

After a very successful concert in the Teatro de Rojas in Toledo, we departed for Granada, Spain.  The name of the city was nostalgic for me, because my family had a Ford Granada back in the seventies which served us well.  We had a four hour drive to Granada ahead of us. In Spain, the coach bus travel is very …

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Day 4: Madrid to Toledo

After three very full days in Madrid, the entire group repacked and left for our next destination, Toledo,  a very historic city that was once the capital city of Spain. Typically in Europe, one will find many cities on hills, so that they may be at an advantageous position to defend against possible invasions. Toledo must be one of the …

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Day 3: Madrid

After a better night’s sleep, we woke up refreshed and ready for our first concert of the tour! We left our hotel at 9:30 AM for a tour of one of the most famous museums in the world – Museo Nacional Del Prado. We could quickly see why El Prado is one of the most important repositories of art in the …

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Day 2: Choir 2017 Spain/Portugal Tour

After an exhausting Day 1 in Madrid, we had a much simpler Day 2. We have been fortunate to have a rain-free forecast while in Madrid, the capital city in the center of Spain. The temperatures in Madrid have been at least ten degrees warmer than is typical for this time of year. Madrid is surprisingly near New York City …

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