Granada and Carnival!

I’ve had couple eventful weekends in row here along with my classes continuing to be fun and interesting. Saturday the 10th, 8 of the students in our program ventured to Cadiz to experience their Carnival festivities. We left at around 8 pm and got into Cadiz just before 10. When we got there we found thousands of people partying in the streets all dressed up in a massive variety of costumes. We had great time socializing with the people there and spent the entire night there. We got back to Sevilla at just before 8 am. It was quite the night!

For class the following week we had a few fun visits as part of our monuments class. One of them was more a general tour discussing the variety of columns that exist as part of architecture in Sevilla. The other visit was to Casa de Lebrija which was beautiful visit. The home was traditional in style which is part of the reason we were studying it but it also contained a lot of Roman artifacts as the Countess and original owner of the house started collecting artifacts. There were all sorts of things to look at there.

This past weekend our program went to Granada. We left Friday very early in the morning and arrived around 11 am. When we got there we dropped off our stuff at a hotel then went to visit the Alhambra. The Alhambra is one of Spain’s most visited monuments and rightfully so as it is spectacularly beautiful. The Alhambra was one of the places that I had already been as part of my high school trip but I was very excited to see it again. We toured there for a few hours there and after that we went back to the hotel and checked in. That night we were on our own so we made our towards the center of town and looked for places to get tapas.

One of my favorite parts of Granada is that within the city whenever you order a drink at any tapa bar you get a free tapa. We definitely took advantage of this the first and second nights we were in Granada. The first night we went to about a half dozen different places trying to find tables big enough for our group of 10. We made it into a number of places and had some delicious food and drink. The bar we ended at was definitely my favorite. It was called Bar Poe and not only gave a free tapa with a drink but also let you pick from a menu of tapas for every drink you got. It was fantastic.

Our second day in Granada we went to el Mirador de San Nicolas. It was plaza of sorts on a hill that gave a fantastic view of the Alhambra, Sierra Nevadas and Granada below. After that we were on our own again so we did some shopping and exploring the got some lunch. Later that day we returned to Bar Poe for tapas and drinks. Later we made our way to a couple different clubs where we had quite the night. One was a club only offering shots but they had nearly 200 different varieties to choose from. The other club was a very large discoteca that had many different rooms and floors. It was an excellent time and we were there until almost 4 am. We left back for Sevilla at noon that Sunday.

There is a lot of going on here in Spain but I am enjoying it all!

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-Aaron

 

Primera semana de clase

Just finished my first week of class! While on Monday and Wednesday I only had the one 20th century Spanish history class Tuesday and Thursday were much busier. Starting at 8:30 am (!!!) I have a Spanish Civilization class followed Monuments of Seville and ending with Spanish Feminine Literature. I’ve really been enjoy my classes so far. All of them are unique and very interesting.

For activities this week we’ve done some pretty cool stuff. Tuesday evening we went for a visit to the famous Sevilla Setas or more officially know as Metropol Parasol. We ventured to the top of the Setas for a fantastic view of Sevilla from above. Wednesday evening we had the opportunity to see a flamenco show which was awesome. The show took place in a guitar museum which had guitars from the 1800s! The show began with a few guitar solos followed by a flamenco dance, then a few songs with guitar and singing and ended with another dance. I already have an idea of what flamenco looks and sounds like from my previous visit to Spain but I was quite amused by the reaction from the other students in the program who had never seen anything like it. The singing part of flamenco has quite a bit of passion! Today we ventured to Bar El Comercio for some churros y chocolate. Churros and chocolate is one of my favorite treats in Spain so I was very happy to have some of the best I’ve ever had. Delisioso!

Photos!

IMG_2101.jpgView from the top of the Setas

27545642_164784937640489_8415977781097046855_n.jpgSetas GroupIMG_2114.jpgFlamenco in action

IMG_2107.jpgSome fantastic guitar in action

IMG_2111.jpgMore Flamenco

IMG_2106.jpgThe Flamenco crew

IMG_2134.jpgCHURROS Y CHOCOLATE!!!

-Aaron

Primer fin de semana

My first weekend here was fantastic! Thursday and Friday we had a number of activities planned by the program to give us an overview of Seville. We visited La Plaza de España, Plaza de America and took a bus tour of Seville. Friday night we had some excellent tapas provided by our program. Saturday we were on our own so our whole group met up and had some lunch followed by some shopping. Later that night we got some tapas then made our way to the discoteca. Had a fantastic night but one that ended very late which is very normal here. I got home from the discoteca at around 5 am! Sunday I met up with my friend Julia and we went to the Seville Museum of Fine Art where we saw the works of Murillo, Velazquez and many more.

I had my first day of class today which was the history of 20th century Spain. For this class it was just me and one other girl with the professor. I have a feeling that I will be learning a lot in this class as the professor really seems to know his stuff and I get practically one on one attention.

Looking forward to see how the rest of my classes will go tomorrow!

Some photos:

IMG_2095.JPG Program group at the Plaza de España. (Back left to right: Ben[My Roommate], Kaylie, Abby, Haylee, Bethany, Mariah, Me. Front row: Anna, Alyssa, Mariah)

IMG_2083.jpgSevilla Tower as viewed from the tour bus

IMG_2093.jpgPlaza de America

IMG_2097.jpgTapas!

IMG_2080 (1).jpgFood made by host mom. Some stew, queso, salad, and in the center these deep fried pop tart looking things that had cheese and jamon in them. We have delicious meals like this two times per day!

-Aaron

Arrived!

I have arrived to the Madrid airport! The connecting flight I had from Miami to Madrid was delayed a couple different times but I’m finally here. First the flight was delayed due to an extensive internal and external inspection that is apparently necessary when the plane comes from South America and will be flying over water for an extensive period. The second delay was after we had boarded there was mandatory maintenance that tacked on another hour.  I was supposed to board at 7 and leave at 7:45 but ended up boarding at 8 and leaving at 9:09.

Due to these delays my connecting flight was changed to be later in the day so right now I’m waiting in the Madrid airport for my connecting flight.

I’m exceptionally excited to get to Seville!

-Aaron