Well, hello there! I enjoyed reading your responses and learning that there sure are some travelers in the group! I’ll definitely have to do some traveling to New Mexico and California once I return to the states. This weekend I traveled to Sevilla, Spain with my study abroad program. Sevilla is located in Andalucia – the southern part of the country. It was a nice change of atmosphere and a nice 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit warmer! While we were there, we had an extensive tour of the Real Alcazar.
Our tour guide knew tons of history and interesting facts about the city and landmarks. She told us about Queen Isabella I. Queen Isabella is known for the unification, or the bringing together, of Spain, among other things. See, the Queen’s marriage to King Ferdinand II joined the two main kingdoms of Spain at that time (15th century!) and, together, they reconquered the southern part of Spain.
While we were on the tour, our guide mentioned her political involvement. As you may know, girls haven’t always had a say. Queen Isabella was unique because she was just as influential as King Ferdinand! She used her own money to help send Christopher Colon around the world and was knows as the Queen – not just the King’s wife.
As I spend more time in Spain, I have come to know some influential and strong women. They may not be queens, but they sure do rule! I can’t wait to tell you about them as the semester continues. Do you know any influential women? What are they like? Why do you look up to them?
Until next time – stay strong, smart, and bold!
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