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University Honors group visits Spain

Caprill Hacker and roommate, Jennifer Gordon, with the city
of Toledo in the background.

A visit to Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona was Caprill Hacker’s favorite part of a summer University Honors (UHON) trip to Spain. Hacker described the Barcelona landmark, an unfinished Roman Catholic basilica, as “an exquisite piece of artwork that has a breathtaking view of Barcelona from the spires.”

Hacker and a group of UHON students and faculty visited Madrid, Toledo, and Barcelona, taking in the Museo Nacional Del Prado and the Museo De Arte Reina Sofia. In the Prado, the group saw Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez's painting Las Meninas, Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights, and many other famous pieces of art. Hacker favored Picasso’s Guernica in Madrid.

“The exhibit in the Reina Sofia houses working sketches of this piece as well reactionary pieces by other artists,” said Hacker. In Barcelona, Hacker enjoyed the Picasso Museum, which houses approximately 3,500 pieces of work by the renowned artist. “Most of the pieces are from his early career and give great insight into the artist's talent,” she said.

For Hacker, a graduate of Central High School in Chattanooga, the trip to Spain was her first outside the United States, but not her last. She has been accepted to study at the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo during fall 2007 and spring 2008. She has an interest in both international law and international affairs.

Saying she enjoyed the opportunity to immerse herself in another culture, Hacker gained a greater appreciation of global diversity. “I especially enjoyed the opportunity to apply the Spanish that I have been studying while at the University.”

Spain also proved to be a culinary success, according to Hacker. “The food was incredible. My favorite meal consisted of an appetizer of shrimp in crab sauce and baby squid for the main course,” Hacker said.

Hacker was able to travel with a scholarship provided by an alumnus of the UHON program. “This scholarship was very important to me because it allowed me to have a first international experience before I move to Cairo,” Hacker said.

Professor Paul Watson and family at Palacio Real in Madrid.

UHON Group at Palacio Real.

Caprill Hacker in the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.                     Eva Prince, Darris Saylors at Parc Guell in Barcelona.

Students at the Prado in Madrid.

June 22, 2007