This week, ACCENT Programs Coordinator Megumi Ratliff describes a scavenger hunt and a guided tapas tour taken by Purdue University students. These activities are designed by ACCENT staff to help students gain greater familiarity with their host city and its culture.
This past month, our summer students from Purdue University participated in a four-part Intercultural Development Workshop to learn more about Spanish culture from a first-hand experience. The Workshop included a scavenger hunt where the students had the opportunity to explore different neighborhoods and sites in the city while completing a variety of tasks ranging from finding the names of the Spanish painters whose statues are in front of the Prado Museum to taking a picture in front of the oldest restaurant in the world, which is located on Calle Cuchilleros, near the Plaza Mayor.
Needless to say, the students had fun participating in this activity, even carrying out the task of taking an obligatory picture in front of “El Oso y el Madroño” (the Bear and the Strawberry Tree) in Puerta del Sol. After the scavenger hunt, we met with the students at Kilometer Zero, where all roads in Spain begin, to see how many of tasks they were able to complete.After the scavenger hunt, students enjoyed a special tapas tour of iconic places in the city. Our first stop was Casa Labra, famous for being the founding place of the political party PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) in 1879 as well as for their cod croquettes (croquetas de bacalao). We also stopped by Museo de Jamón, one of the best and most reasonably priced places to try a bocadillo de jamón in Madrid. We discussed the students’ experiences, and we’re happy to learn that they had been making the most of their time exploring on their own and trying to take in as much madrileño culture as possible.
~Megumi Ratliff, ACCENT Madrid
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