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Holy Week in Granada

Many people come to Granada from all over the world to see the processions during Holy Week. There are groups of people that plan their own procession throughout the year. Throughout the whole week there is at least one procession.
I got back from my vacation on Thursday so I still had the chance to attend one of them. I headed out early on Friday afternoon so that I could meet up with some friends and get a good spot along the street where it would be passing. Once it started, it was amazing to see all the men carrying the float on their shoulders and hearing the school bands walk along playing music to make the scene more intense. There are so many people that are involved in planning and participating in each of the processions that you can only imagine how much work they've done to make it happen. My favorite were the women dressed in black carring candles and crosses, they looked extremely elegant with their black veils. The procession itself took about 30 minutes from the moment it began. Once it ended I went with one of my friends to a teteria (tea shop) to drink a cup of tea and catch up on our trips.
Easter is my favorite time of year because I always spend it with my family, except this year. I made the most of it by attending the services that I normally would back home with my family, Spain did not let me down. Easter vigil on Saturday was an amazing experience and it was great to see how other countries incorporate their culture into how they celebrate masses. I especially enjoyed sharing it with friends, I invited a few of them to come with me so that I didn't go alone and they made it feel as if I was back home with my family. Absolutely great environment. Easter in Spain was almost like being home and I got to experience it in a completely new way with completely new people.


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Fatima Ruiz Villatoro

Name: Fatima Ruiz Villatoro

Class: Sophomore

Major: Engineering Management and Spanish


Hometown: Seattle, WA

Activities: OLE, Coffee and Catholicism, Entrepreneurship Club, College Republicans


Favorite Professor: Dr. Male

Favorite Class: EGR 110

Favorite Commons Meal:  Salmon with mashed potatoes and vegetables


Why I Chose UP: The campus was amazing and the community at this school was exactly what I wanted. I liked that my classes would be very small and I would be getting the right academic attention. I believe strongly in the mission of the school and I felt at home when I made my decision.

Favorite Thing About UP:  Close enough to home that I can go for a weekend, come back and not be totally exhausted. There are so many things to do in Portland and I like that we have a lot of studies abroad opportunities.


Advice for Prospective Students: Visit the school; you don't know what you're getting yourself into until you truly experience it.

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