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In Valladolid:

Home of the Spanish monarchy for a while, birthplace of the most castellano of the castellano (or so they say), and our destination for Fulbright’s Mid-Year Meeting. This was a chance to connect with other Fulbright teaching assistants from across the peninsula – some of whom I met during our orientation in September.

This was El Palacio de Santa Cruz, part of the old Universidad de Valladolid, where we were welcomed by the mayor and other local officials from the town and from the University.

The red symbols painted on the wall – if they are similar to the ones in Salamanca – are commemorations of degrees conferred by the university. At least in the olden days, graduation was celebrated by a bullfight, and your degree and initials were painted on the wall with a mixture of the bull’s blood and red paint.

 

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