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Visit to University Almeria, Spain

In the period between April 5 and 9 I visited the University of Almeria in Spain in the Erasmus+ programme for teaching staff. During my stay I had an opportunity to give lectures to Spanish students in the English Department and enjoy the beauty of Almeria and Malaga.

Malaga is the first spot in my itinerary. I am awestruck by the picturesque views from the Islamic 11th-century Gibralfaro Castle Hill and the Alcazaba – the lower fortress and royal residence. Passing through several gates and walking down the open yards with beautiful gardens full of exotic plants and trees, I finally reach the city centre. The Cathedral of Malaga, constructed between 1528 and 1782, features a mixture of styles – from late Gothic or Renaissance through Baroque. The Picasso Museum with more than 200 works is another must-see for art lovers, as Malaga is the home town of this renowned painter.

Although Almeria cannot compete with Malaga’s heritage and cultural offer, it might be an alternative for those seeking local charm of narrow streets, bars serving tapas or a long promenade along the shore, where you can walk, cycle or rollerblade enjoying the warm breeze from the sea. Reaching the top of the Alcazaba hill, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the harbor and the city. The University itself is located virtually “on the beach”, so studying in Almeria might be a real challenge for those who find such conditions distracting.

The memories of flamenco tunes, smell of the sea, tastes of Andalusian tapas and the hot sun are still with me when Poland greets me back with its chilly weather…

Justyna Rusak, English Philology Department

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