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Erskine instructor’s fascination with Spain chronicled

Originally posted at Sept. 25th

Visiting Instructor of Spanish Michael Burriss, a 2006 graduate of Erskine College, was profiled recently in the Anderson Independent Mail. 

Michael Burriss had no idea when he signed up for an after-school class at Belton Middle School that it would lead to the first love of his life: Spain.

A professor at Erskine offered a class in Spanish after school. It was voluntary. But it intrigued Burriss.

“I didn’t think anything about it when I first signed up for the class,” Burriss said. “But then when I went to Spain in high school, that’s when it clicked. I thought, ‘This is what I love.’ It solidified my desire to travel.”

That trip he took in high school was his first time traveling outside of the southern United States. Since then, Burriss has traversed the country twice on a trail known as the “Way of St. James,” or the Camino de Santiago. And he is now considering a third journey (….Read the full article at

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