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Abroad Adventures

May 9 '13

The End…

…for now (I fully intend to return someday)

So today was my last full day on the European continent and in Spain. These past four months have just been so amazing. I counted and I went to over 20 cities, 7 countries, and 2 continents. whattttttttttt. That’s just so crazy! I’m going to go home tomorrow and everyone will ask, “How was your semester?” And I’m not going to have words to describe it. I’ll just say it was amazing, since there’s no real way to explain it. It was just awesome. I made some friends, saw so many things and places, so much history and beauty and now I want to explore the USA like a tourist since I’m a pro tourist now.

 

(picture from my last walk into the city center of Sevilla)

Random thought: the program I did was definitely not an immersion-centered program. It was a touristy program where the point was to see as much as possible. It would have been cool to stay in one place the whole semester because I would have really learned a lot about that one culture, but I’m glad I did this program because I really got to do and see so much. The semester students that I know don’t take nearly as many trips as the DTW kids do. We all traveled almost every weekend.

Do I have a favorite place, you ask? No. I loved everything! Although you know when you’re in a city and there’s a feel to it? Well I liked everywhere but I really liked Amsterdam’s and Rome’s. That count?

On the whole, I’m so glad I did this trip. I loved the whole thing so much. I’m going to miss my new friends and Europe this summer, but I am very excited to be home after so long.

Hasta Luego, Europe!

May 9 '13

After the caves in Aracena we had some free time so we climbed to the top of this either large hill or small mountain with a castle/church on top. Then got an ice cream sandwich. It was so nice. It was a really great last excursion.

May 9 '13

Today for our last excursion we went to the caves in Aracena. they were so cool! We were told that 1 inch of the stalactites and stalagmites took 1000 years to form so NO TOUCHING because the bacteria and oil on your hands will stop the growth. 

May 8 '13

WHAT

GUYS I GO HOME ON FRIDAY. HOME. LIKE BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. It’s a very weird feeling, it doesn’t quite feel real. I’m SO EXCITED but also sad to leave Europe because I really like it. 

Anyway, tomorrow we’re going to the Aracena caves for a last excursion, so that should be cool. I already started packing because I finished all my classes yesterday so technically I’m a junior now?

You’re welcome for the avalanche of posts.

May 8 '13

Today (gasp! Am I actually caught up to present date?!? I’m sure I skipped a few things, but I think I got the important ones) we went to Cordoba! We saw La Mezquita and walked around the old Jewish quarter and everything was so pretty!

May 8 '13

Some pretty pictures of Seville. I really like it here. There’s this really cool thing here with rentable bikes and great bike paths (Daddy you would love it!) Since the St. John’s residence is a 45 minute walk from the city center, I’ve been renting a bike and it’s so great!

May 8 '13

On Sunday I went to a bullfight in Seville. I didn’t put up any of the more gore-y pictures here, don’t worry. I thought it was definitely a cool experience, very interesting, although I’m not sure I ever need to go again you know? I saw an amateur fight, so the matadors here are not professionals, but I could still see the art form/dance that bullfighting is.

May 8 '13

On Saturday St. John’s took us to Isla Magica, the amusement park in Seville! It was so fun! I went on basically all the rides, including my first ever upside down one (super fun actually- you should be able to see it in the bottom right picture) I got soaked on a log flume and river raft ride, but it was so hot I dried super fast. I also did that thing you can see in the pictures in the ball. It was very hard, much harder than it looks. But also really fun!

May 8 '13

Also on Friday we went to Cadiz which was beautiful. I saw the monument to the 1812 constitution (the first one in Spain) that I wanted to see, then we just walked around for a bit, and after lunch we just sat on the beach and got sunburned. It was a good day.

May 8 '13

Last Friday I went to see flamenco! It was really good! It always amazes me how these women move their feet so quickly.