Spain Student Blogs: A Story Built into Walls

by Jake Seager

This is part of a series of student-written blog posts about study abroad. Students who participated in our faculty-led summer study abroad program in Spain with Dr. Bender – Spain Today: Madrid, Pamplona y el Norte – wrote a blog post as part of their essay assignments for Spanish 565: Cultures of Spain. We’ll be sharing them here every Wednesday morning, so stay tuned to see the variety of topics they chose to write about. And if you’re interested in earning 6 Spanish credits for your major or minor by studying in Spain this summer, check out the information here or contact Dr. Bender with questions.

The long and impactful history of the city of Pamplona can be showcased and exemplified by its fortifications which have been built, redeveloped, and used to protect the city and its inhabitants since the time of the Romans. In fact, the city walls were paramount in the protection of pilgrims traveling the Way of St James, providing a haven along the path. The walls and forts of the city can still be seen today in many of the parks and public spaces throughout the city and provide a means to be transported into the past to experience a fresh and exciting side of Pamplona. One of my favorite things to do within the city were my morning runs through La Vuelta del Castillo, one of the parks containing the historic walls and old citadel. The best part of the walls, in my opinion, is that they provide concrete ways to see the rich history of the city and give a new angle to view the impact that Pamplona has had on not only Navarra, but Spain as a whole.

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