I think i forgot to reblog this – Nathan is now back in the US and busy, busy, busy as usual.
Old, historical cities have such a charm that one doesn’t mind the throngs of people. Salamanca does not disappoint. Perhaps because everyone is relaxed, strolling, and being at peace amongst the the storied ancient catedrals and universities. Shops and restaurants line the stone streets with restaurants spilling into the center of the streets from noon on to accommodate lunch hour and the late lunch crowd from 2-4, typical of the Spanish culture.
This beautiful city is where son, Nathan, lives for the 2017 spring semester and attending the Universidad de Salamanca as the study abroad requirement for his International Business degree from Northwest Missouri State University.
University of Salamanca – short history via Wikipedia: The University of Salamanca was founded in 1134 and in 1218 it was given the royal charter of foundation (“Estudio General”) by Alfonso IX of León. It was the first university to receive the title of “University” in 1254. Under the patronage of the learned Alfonso X, its wealth and reputation greatly increased (1252–1282), and its schools of canon law and civil law attracted students even from the Universities of Paris and Bologna.[when?] In the 16th century, the city’s fortunes depended on those of the University. About the time Christopher Columbus was lecturing there on his discoveries, Hernán Cortés took classes at Salamanca, but returned home in 1501 at age 17, without completing his course of study. (About ten years later the conquistadorFrancisco Vásquez de Coronado was born in Salamanca.)
We leave tomorrow for Lisbon – Nathan stays of course to finish his studies and continue the ministry with Globalscope Spain (En Vivo).
Can a mom’s heart burst with pride, frustration, and worry at the same time?
This is San Juan de Los Reyes, a monastery in Toledo. On one wall hangs shackles and chains, a monument erected to symbolize the freeing of Christians during the battles of Malaga and Almeria against the Moors. During this same period, the Spanish monarchy was instigating the Spanish Inquisition. The irony is as real as the cold, hard bolts that secure them to the wall.
I don’t like to judge persons with the advantage of hindsight, but it seems that perhaps humanity should take more time to introspect. It isn’t wrong to celebrate the hand that brings freedom, but perhaps we should take care to make sure we aren’t overlooking great injustice in the other hand.
“With a grace that takes the place of chains”
– Disciple, Beautiful Scars
He made it! Still sick, though – buggers…..
I take Nathan to Kansas City airport in the morning. Will i cry? yup, can’t help that, but i’m excited and thrilled at his hard earned opportunity.