Deadline approaching for Spain trip

The fountains of Madrid, the cathedrals of Barcelona and the palaces of Cordoba are some of the highlights of a trip to Spain and Portugal planned in May by Monroe County Community College.

The final deadline for students interested in joining the 18-day tour of Spain and Portugal is Feb. 10. Students can talk to any of the three professors who will be teaching on the trip to start the sign-up process.

“We’re going to experience some amazing history and culture, from the room in Cordoba’s palace where Columbus asked Queen Isabella for permission to visit the New World, to the famous Gaudi cathedral in Barcelona,” said Dan Shaw, a journalism professor.

Besides Shaw, who is leading the trip and teaching a Photojournalism course, Political Science Professor Joanna Sabo is teaching a Comparative Politics course and Art Professor Gary Wilson is teaching an Art Appreciation course.

Students can take one, two or all three of the 3-credit courses. Community members also are encouraged to join the tour, whether they take the courses or not.  The cost is estimated at about $4,100, without tuition.

The trip will include two days in Lisbon and Evora, Portugal, followed by 8 days swinging through Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Toledo and Madrid, Spain. The last eight days will be spent in Barcelona.

“We plan a stayover in one city at the end of each of our Study Abroad trips, so students can become immersed in the culture,” Shaw said.

“Barcelona is a great city for the extra time, partly because of the side trips we can take to the beaches of the Mediterranean and the mountains of northern Spain.”

This will be MCCC’s fourth Study Abroad trip. Sabo and Wilson took students to Western Europe and Southeast Asia in 2007, and 2009. Shaw joined them for a 2011 trip to Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.

See a video on the 2011 trip to Central Europe here: http://youtu.be/qQ8I6ks-4Q8