Posts Tagged ‘Spain’


Barcelona has been a blast. I don’t know the name of everything we saw, but we covered a lot of ground. One of my favorite visits was to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. This was one of the prettiest churches I have ever seen. There really is something to be said about stained glass. The colors were out of this world. We also went to a casino where I doubled my money playing roulette! Now when I say doubled, I mean I turned 5 euros into 10 euros, which was just enough to pay for my cab home…

I bought a new camera as well. I went to a Kodak store to see if they could fix my old one, but the man said that it was so ancient that it would cost more to replace the lens than to buy a new one. So, I purchased a sleek new Kodak cyber shot. I am very happy with my purchase.

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Posted by on January 5th, 2011 No Comments

Adios Seville

I left Seville this morning and headed to the airport to catch a plane to Barcelona. Rain was coming down pretty hard. Perhaps Seville was sad to see me go. I was not expecting to be this shaken up about leaving, but I guess it is to be expected. The last 4 months were spent living in a new city with a new family, making new friends, meeting a nice girl, and overall experiencing a completely different way of life. In such a short period of time, my Spanish language skills have improved immensely, I have found myself capable of being able to survive various challenges, and I have changed my opinions on how I wish to approach certain elements of life in the future.

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Posted by on January 5th, 2011 No Comments

Crazy Few Days

The past few days have been interesting. Manuela and Fernando got delayed from returning home due to floods in Seville. Nick has been sick, so I’ve been playing doctor. I bought him some mystery antivirus powder which seemed to do the trick. We’ve been amassing a serious amount of Chinese food containers and garbage since they’ve been gone. Our greatest creation is our plate of fruit remains, which has turned into fruit Jenga. The first person to knock it over has to clean it up.


Last night around 1am I heard a big crash, which I assumed was just Nick shuffling the dishes around. I open my bedroom door to find that a big chunk of the ceiling near the front door decided to collapse. This was not good. The ceiling broke, there are food containers everywhere, and the T.V. didn’t work from a power outage. I was at school when they returned home, but Nick told me that they could care less about the mess. The only thing they were concerned about was the T.V. not functioning. If they don’t have T.V. then they have to talk amongst themselves, and that just isn’t an option. So my host mom was on the phone with her son-in-law and after an hour of instructions regarding which buttons on the remote to push, the 30+ year old T.V. came back to life.

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Posted by on December 10th, 2010 1 Comment

Done Planning!

Yesterday was a greaaaaaaat!

I have officially booked all of my hostels and flights for my winter vacation. All I have left to do is purchase a train ticket while I’m in Vienna to get to Budapest. It really take a lot of time researching which hostels is best, based on location, environment, how sketchy it is, etc. When I am in Amsterdam, I will be staying in a Christian moral hostel. I think it’s kind of funny that my hostel won’t allow drinking, while 50 feet away at a café people will be using recreational drugs. But, it has reviews stating clean and safe, so it sounds like a good pick to me.

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Posted by on December 3rd, 2010 No Comments


I finally won! Fernando made the claim early on in the semester that nobody can ever guess the color of the suit worn by his cousin the news anchor. Well, the other day I beat the odds! I guessed that it would be gray and sure enough, it was. It did take a long time though. She has quite the wardrobe.

Today marks the countdown with only 18 more days left in Seville. I’m definitely going to miss Manuela, but Fernando… not so much. The other night at dinner it was just the boys and Manuela, and she told us how she doesn’t like how strict he is with the electricity. It was very funny to hear her rant about it. Most nights Fernando watches what he wants on TV during meals. Yesterday was Manuela’s turn and she enjoys watching Las Chicas de Oro (Golden Girls, Spanish style), but Fernando wanted to watch the news while listening to the soccer game on his little radio. Simply ridiculous.

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Posted by on December 1st, 2010 No Comments


Last night our study program had a Thanksgiving dinner for us at a nearby restaurant. We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes (which I did not care for per usual), and best of all, broccoli! It had been far too long since I had savored to iron-rich taste of broccoli. Manuela made it once for us, but it was pureed and just not the same. You’re supposed to eat broccoli like you did when you were a kid. You pretend you’re a giant and that you’re eating an entire tree. The whole night was great. It was the first meal in a while that I was actually able to control how much food I wanted to eat. When you’re at Manuela’s, you finish your plate and you like it. I really need to get on a scale one of these days…

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Posted by on November 26th, 2010 No Comments


Today I went on a field trip with my ecology class to northern Seville, to see nature at its best. We took a bus ride an hour north to the Sierra Norte region where we stopped for breakfast. The delicacy there is to use deer liver as a spread for toast. Not half bad… not half good either. We then began our trek at about 11am, receiving ecological fun facts along the way. The land was very red due to the high levels of clay in the soil. It was quite pretty.


After some hiking we ‘made camp’ and set up the equipment for rock climbing. I was the first one to climb and it was a lot of fun. I have climbed indoors in a secure environment, but I have never done it in the wild. Our professor had me and the others who climbed give a sexy pose while climbing and he took our picture. I dread a slideshow at the end of the semester…

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Posted by on November 21st, 2010 1 Comment

The Rain in Spain

Today was one of the first cold and rainy days we have had in Seville. Fortunately, I have my red polka dot umbrella which I purchased in Granada. Unfortunately, the only pair of pants I brought to Spain were in the wash, so I had to brave the day in a pair of shorts. Due to the upcoming cold weather, my host family gave us a heater to use in our room since there is no central heating. It makes such a difference. Previously I had just been using my computer as a tiny space heater, but a real one is much more comfortable.

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Posted by on November 17th, 2010 No Comments


Recently I have been playing the role of tour guide because I have had several friends visit Seville. My restaurant knowledge has more than doubled because before I had only eaten most meals with my host family. Everyone seemed to enjoy the fact that Seville almost always has great weather.

I took a weekend trip to Malaga to meet up with some friends from my home university. It was nice seeing some old faces again. We climbed the Alcazaba, which is a smaller version of the Alhambra, and got a great view from the top. We also had a relaxing evening spent by the beach.

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Posted by on November 10th, 2010 No Comments


 I spent this past weekend showing my dad around the different parts of Seville, from the Cathedral to the Alcazar. However, most of our days followed a similar pattern. We would both meet up around noon, take in a site or two, head to a cafe or restaurant for lunch, and then break for siesta. Then around 8pm, we would trek out once again for dinner, ice-cream, and a card game. My friend Lynn also had her family visit this past weekend; however I heard her days were much more jam-packed than mine. I’m fortunate my dad is content just walking the streets as opposed to seeing everything and everything. Plus, a good ice-cream beats a long busy day every time- especially when it is ice-cream from Rayas.

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Posted by on October 25th, 2010 No Comments