Parque Genovés

One afternoon, my roommate and I explored the park next to the Hotel Playa Victoria Palafox. It has a botanical garden, waterfall with a bridge overlooking the ocean, cave, play area, and restaurant. It is a very relaxing and beautiful place to walk after class at the university. I look forward to going back before the trip is over!

The beautiful duck pond in the park.

Statue of the Virgin Mary

Top of the waterfall overlooking the ocean.

My roommate and I in front of the duck pond

Foodie Cadiz: Creating the traditional Tapas of Cadiz

Buenos Dias! Yesterday, our group had the honor of visiting “Foodie Cadiz”, an upscale cooking education center to learn about making traditional Tapas of Cadiz. Tapas are known as small dishes, typically served “family style”. This means they are meant to be shared amongst friends and loved ones. Each dish may be small in size, but is packed with flavor and fresh produce. We were given the opportunity to create some of the most popular tapas options from Cadiz: Salmorejo (a cold, tomato bisque with jamon and egg), vegetable empanadas, tortilla Española, ensalada con caballa (fresh salsa salad with mackerel), sangria, and to finish, sorbete de frutas rojo (or known as “red fruit sorbet). Each dish was absolutely delicious in its own way, and left us all with a little “taste” of Cadiz 😉

Foodie Cadiz educational cooking center

Homemade sangria, freshly baked bread, and ensalada con mackerel

Salmorejo with jamon and egg

Tortilla Española

Our empanadas ready for the oven!

Empanadas baked with an egg wash (tasted even better dipped in the salmorejo!)

Leaving USA

Today is the day that we leave USA for Cadiz Spain. We are about to embark on a wonderful cultural and academic experience that will enrich our understanding of the Spanish language and health care system, but also to strengthen the connections between University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of Cadiz. We will be in Spain for 14 days and will be taking a medical Spanish course taught by faculty from University of Cadiz. In addition to the language course component we will be visiting hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, herbal stores, and food markets to help us understand the similarities and differences in the US and Spanish health care systems. I am very much looking forward to traveling with the nursing students and sharing these activities. This is my 6th trip for the Solomont School of Nursing ( Ghana x 3, Chile and China). Each trip has enriched mine, as well as the students’ understanding of global health care. Please check back often to hear some of our stories and see our photos. For now… time to pack .. the plane leaves 5:30 on Friday May 12th.

UMass Lowell students at Logan airport in Boston on the way to Spain.

UMass Lowell students at Logan airport in Boston on the way to Spain.

Logan airport in Boston on the way to Spain. Alex and Colleen waiting in security line.

Logan airport in Boston on the way to Spain. Alex and Colleen waiting in security line.


Follow along with the Solomont School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor, Valerie King, and her students as they immerse in the local language and culture in Cadiz, Spain.  Through dedicated classroom learning for the healthcare professional, cultural activities and site visits to local hospitals, pharmacies, geriatric centers, food markets and other community entities related to health and nursing, students will increase their understanding of medical Spanish significantly.

The Cadiz skyline in 2014.

The Cadiz skyline.