Shadrach Wilson is a UVA student who spent the Fall 2015 semester studying abroad after petitioning to take part in the AIFS: Granada program. Check out his photos and learn more about some of the cool places he saw during the semester!
Photo taken in Gibraltar. Across the straight, the mountains of Morocco rise up in the background. Since the distance between Africa and Spain here is only 15 km, it is a common crossing point for immigrants.
The floor of the luxurious Plaza de España in Sevilla, which is representative of all the regions in Spain. The red lion is the coat of arms of the Kingdom of León.
A view of the historic city of Córdoba across the river.
Murals are quite common to find on the older walls and buildings in Granada as they are a method to add color to the dull, concrete walls as well as function as political statements. Tagging (as can be seen in the first picture) is also easy to find, and a number of murals are painted to cover up these tags or to convert them into something more artistic.
A view from the middle of an orchard in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The trees in the forefront are almond trees, and those in the background are olive trees, which can be found all over Andalucía.
“If no one works for you, no one should decide for you.” The “A” inside a circle is the symbol of the Anarchists in Granada, a vocal minority in the city. Messages like this can be found all over the town.
We spent a weekend in the small town of Cazorla, which is located in Jaén, a very rural region in Andalucía that produces a significant amount of the olives from Spain. It is a very classic “pueblo blanco” in the region (see the second picture) in the sense that nearly all the houses are a beautiful white and the city itself seems to have been built onto a mountain.
One of the unique things of Cazorla is its castle (upper photo) that looks down on the city and is a bit reminiscent of the Alhambra, except on a smaller scale.
Tourism in Cazorla is quite popular because the city boasts some of the most beautiful views from its numerous hiking trails. Additionally, the locals are some ofthe friendliest around.