España!

I have been in Spain for about a month now and I must say that this is the place to retire. Everything closes on Sundays except cafes and bars, everyone takes a siesta in the afternoons, and there’s never a rush to do anything.

My program orientation took place in Madrid, where I saw some amazing museums and got to see Spain’s capital in all its glory. From there, we took a bus to Toledo, Spain’s old capital, and saw some great architecture. From there, we got to Seville, where my program is taking place.

I have visited several well known places in Seville, such as the Cathedral and Alcazar, along with various other niche places with great tapas. My house is just outside the center, so I can get anywhere within a 10-15 minute walk. Besides Seville, I have visited Granada, which is home to the Alhambra palace. The whole complex is simply gorgeous.

There is an international fair taking place right now, with foods and crafts from around the world. The other day I had a beer from Argentina and a kangaroo burger from Australia. It was quite tasty.

Right now I’m waiting for dinner to be prepared by my host mom, Manuela. She and her husband, Fernando, have been a lot of fun. They’re just a couple of kooky old Spaniards. However, my two housemates and I discovered that they are Jehovah’s Witness, which is interesting to say the least. We are planning on attending a church service (near the end of our program of course, so we are not urged to continue attending) just to see what takes place.

I’m taking 5 classes right now at UPO (University of Pablo Olavide) and they are only Monday through Thursday, which is great for traveling on the weekends. Next weekend I’ll be in Lagos, Portugal and the first weekend in November I will be in Paris, France. Besides that, vamos a ver.

Well, I just wanted to give a general overview of my past month here in Spain. It’s been great practicing my Spanish and I hope to improve it even more.

Hasta luego,

Enrique

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