“The city of Salamanca is similar to Bloomington, Indiana,” said Williamson. “They are both college towns.” The Universidad de Salamanca was founded in 1218. It is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest in Europe.
While in Salamanca, Williamson – known by her students as Senora – studied the Spanish language, culture and literature. She also spent time with her host family and was able to visit the nearby walled cities of Ávila and Ciudad Rodrigo. She also traveled to Portugal for a weekend.
“Being fully immersed in the Spanish culture and experiencing daily life in Spain reaffirmed my love of the language and land,” said Williamson, who also studied in Spain for five weeks last year.
She joined Lutheran’s faculty in 2007, having previously taught in Lawrence Township and at Calvary Lutheran.