Our First Friday Tour!

On Friday June 21st – it is hard to believe that we have been here for a week already! We started our day when our group of six students were given a private tour of the beautiful lush University of Valencia Botanical garden with Botanist Olga Mayoral.

Jennifer getting a photo of us getting a photo of her….in Botanical Garde

We then went to two exhibits at the Museu Valencia’ d’Etnologia led by Joan Sequi, an anthropologist who has collected and analyzed stories of everyday people. The first exhibit was “Prietas Las Filas: Vida Quotidiana I Franquisme” (Tightened Ranks: Everyday Life and Francoism.) The exhibit showed the experiences and conditions for Valencianos living under Franco’s dictatorship. One example included the way boys and girls were socialized to obey and support Franco’s vision of society. Joan supplemented this exhibit with stories and a powerful historical narrative.

UML Group with Joan Segui at Valencian Museum of Ethnography

The group then moved on to an exhibit of Fransesc Jarque, a Valencian photographer who captured every day life in Valencia and Spain for much of the Twentieth Century. Many of the powerful black and white photos capstured irony during the strict expectations for conformity to the Franco state, thereby continuing a theme of the first exhibit.


The Valencia Experience will bring a group of UMass Lowell Students to Valencia, Spain for a six-week program that combines classroom study and internship placements at local organizations. Students will be accompanied by a UMass Lowell Sociology Lecturer, Thomas Piñeros-Shields.

You can also read blogs from current and previous trips to Spain listed below or from other destinations across the globe UMass Lowell students travel to.

Current & Previous Study Abroad Trips to Spain Blogs: