Historic sites such as the Castillo De San Marcos, a Spanish fort built in 1672, were among the day’s successful adventures. Students were able to see a demonstration of colonists firing real cannons on a pirate ship.
The trip included lunch at Columbia Restaurant, the largest Spanish restaurant in the world and Florida’s oldest eatery. A selection of Spanish meals included Ropa Vieja, which translates to “old clothes.” Students were allowed to spend the rest of the day exploring downtown Saint Augustine.
Michelle Ramos, a History Major and HOLA CLUB member, described Saint Augustine’s historic street as the town’s version of Savannah’s River Street. She agreed that the experience in Florida was a positive one.
“Well here [in Saint Augustine] there is a lot of bilingual signage and a lot of pride for the Spanish Heritage of the city, so I think it was a great cultural experience. We in Georgia don’t show so much multi-ethnic pride,” Ramos said.
Jacqueline Campos, a student who took the trip as part of her first year seminar class, recommends it to everyone. “You would have to come back to have a full experience, stay longer than a day, dip into different places,” she said.
Check out the Recreation and Wellness Center for information on more upcoming trips.