September 26, 2012

"Just a Photograph of Yesterday" (Segovia)

If I've ever been discouraged by the prospect of our class not making it through all of Spain's history by the final exam, this feeling was never more nagging than while walking through the amazing Museum of Segovia.

Around 1607 and the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, the expanse of land that would one day become the United States of America began to develop a history. Yay, us. However many thousands of years that various Native American tribes had been going about there undocumented lives have since then been condensed into half a chapter of elementary school history books.

On the other hand, Spain, as I was reminded while perusing the very thorough museum, was settled even before the events recounted in the biblical New Testament. It's rich history predates even the Roman Empire which ultimately conquered the territory in the 1st century A.D.

As is evinced by Segovia's fabulous aqueduct, this city and the country in which it resides have been around for-ever.

Spanish history final, please be gentle. I'm only used to about 200 years of national history--not 2,000.

Title from Al Jarreu's song "Spain."

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