The city has turned passersby into shadows. The idea of anonymous beings walking around like ghosts puts my imagination into overdrive. Armed with my trusty camera, I watch them wandering about. They’re like ants, zig-zagging between streets. In a few minutes’ time night will make the shadows disappear, and the street will be deserted.
A wise man once said that our obligation as rational beings is to always act as if we were being watched by all the eyes in the world. We don’t need to be controlled. A person who conducts him or herself properly doesn’t need surveillance.
From a bird’s eye view IE University’s Segovia campus looks magnificent. Situated at the foot of a medieval wall, the old Santa Cruz la Real Convent is now a source of pride for the city for two main reasons – because it’s an architectonic gem in itself, and because it houses a university that is committed to innovation. A national heritage site, the history of this building, with a surface area of more than 18,000m2, is quite a curious one. In the 13th century it was the first Dominican convent to be built in Spain, then it was rebuilt in the 15th century, and rebuilt once again in the 19th century. Behind these walls that are so steeped in history, today Santa Cruz la Real is equipped with cutting technology applied to education. Moreover, it’s one of the most international university environments in existence. Young people of more than a hundred nationalities come here to study. Santa Cruz la Real is, without doubt, still making history.
From the inside of this café, I have the feeling that life is going by slowly. The rain keeps falling and passersby keep going past in dribs and drabs. Watching the rain outside, coffee in hand, makes a person feel cozy and safe.
The owner of this establishment opened the store after his lunch break. It was four o’ clock in the afternoon. He delicately placed a beautiful wooden horse right in the entrance. I thought the wooden toy was a wonderful and unusual way of attracting the attention of tourists. The shelves in the store were chock-full of old clocks, puppets, metal cars, and a whole range of other stuff, to the delight of children, collectors, and nostalgic shoppers. It was a magical place. When I left, the wooden rocking horse, humble as it was, looked to me like the original Trojan horse.
During the intense week of activities for the Junior Advisory Board there were also some moments of great fun like the one shown here in this group photo, which captures the young board members in mid leap. It will no doubt provide them with a fantastic memento of their time at IE University.
Things that were really valuable at one time are mere trinkets today. A little market stall sells objects that may have meant something to somebody once, and are waiting to mean something to somebody else.
Segovia still manages to preserve some of the traditions that are typical of small cities in Spain, such as holding a flea market in the Plaza Mayor. It’s something that people don’t want to see disappear. Every Thursday large numbers of Segovians go to the Plaza to have a look round, buy some food, and bag a bargain or even a real treasure. This open air market is ideal for buying anything from handicrafts and antiques to food and clothing.
The old church of the Santa Cruz la Real Convent, which now serves as the Aula Magna of IE University, was the place architecture students chose to present samples of their latest work to their professors. The church, which has just one knave with crossed vaults, was reformed at the end of the 15th century by one of the most prolific stonemasons of the time, Juan Guas, famous for his late gothic work. Master stonemason Guas worked in Segovia for 20 years and was also involved in the construction of the city’s cathedral. There’s no doubt that the Aula Magna is an incredibly inspiring place for future architects.
Fashion isn’t just about shopping in large stores or models wearing designer clothes on the catwalk. Smart folk know that in flea markets you can often find remnants with which to make clothes that project your personality. A few well put together bits of material can make someone look really good.