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SUU Community on the Go Travel Sets Sights on Spain

Published: January 02, 2020 | Author: Melynda Thorpe | Category: Community Outreach

Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona

Southern Utah University’s Community on the Go Travel for adults recently opened for registration for its 2020 international expeditions including an exploration of the cultural wonders of Barcelona and Madrid in October. Throughout the eight-day journey, travelers will be guided by SUU experts in Spanish history, literature and psychology to some of the most spectacular locations in Spain.

“Experience the Culture of Spain from Barcelona to Madrid” offers all community members the opportunity to explore important regions of Spain and to learn about Spain’s art, history and culture. Travelers will also have the added benefit of learning from SUU faculty experts without the stress of planning itineraries or negotiating travel logistics.

In what the Greeks referred to as “the land of the setting sun,” Spain 2020 travelers will enjoy exciting day trips to a mountain-top monastery and walled, medieval cities in experiences curated and led by SUU Professors Jason Stinnett (Spanish), Grant Corser (psychology) and Jean Boreen, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Arriving in the vibrant city of Barcelona, guests will see the architectural feats of Antonio Gaudi and explore areas like the Gothic district and the famous Las Ramblas. En route to Madrid, by rail, travelers will have an overnight stay in Zaragoza and adventure to Spanish Inquisition sites, remnants of the ancient Roman Empire, and the famous pilgrimage site on the Ebro River.

While in Madrid, the group will be guided through the world-renowned Prado museum, Plaza Mayor and many other culturally significant areas. Leaving Madrid, explorers will visit Segovia’s ancient aqueduct, Gothic Cathedral and former Royal Palace before going to medieval Toledo. The trip will conclude with a lively traditional flamenco tablao and dinner.

“The Renaissance period in Spain’s history is a remarkable example of resilience and determination,” said Dr. Corser, trip co-leader. “During this trip we will see a host of 'wish-list' modern and historical sites, experience beautiful scenery, and dive into Spanish art and culture. Travelers will learn historical and cultural contexts for all our destinations while discussing the importance and function of psychological meaning."

Community on the Go offers culturally immersive, international travel experiences for adults and is presented by the SUU Community and Academic Enrichment office. SUU faculty experts curate and lead exploration groups of approximately 20-30 travelers to various parts of the world offering fun, cultural and educational experiences. Activities are flexible and designed using community feedback. Previous Community on the Go trips destinations include China, Peru, Paris and Transylvania.

More than 250 participants have traveled with the program since its inception in 2017. Additional Community on the Go trips for 2020 include Italy, Africa and Ireland.

For Spain, early bird registration rates of $3,499 per traveler available through May 31, or until the trip is filled. For more information about SUU’s Community on the Go adult travel program, please visit www.suu.edu/onthego, or call (435) 865-8259.


Tags: Community on the Go Community and Academic Enrichment

Contact Information:

Melynda Thorpe
(435) 865-8259
onthego@suu.edu