Today is the first day that I have really had the chance to sit and relax. My time here in Spain has been full of adventure. Everyday it seems as if we are running a thousand miles an hour trying to see every monument, tapas bar, and store. I have been on walking tours, been on bike tours, gone bar hopping, and even met some locals. It’s is a complete euphoria here, that of which honestly does not feel real.
The buildings in Sevilla are indescribable. They are so traditional, large, and filled with detail. I could sit and tour one building for the entire day. Throughout these past two weeks we have come across some hidden wonders of Sevilla.
The weather here has also been wonderful. It has been sunny everyday and super warm (for a Wisco girl). Today is the first day that I have seen Spaniards without winter jackets on, which means it must be super warm! Sevilla has a Mediterranean climate, meaning it is a generally warm area with little rain. We have truly been blessed with weather here, considering the temperatures back home.
A few happenings over the past two weeks…
On my second day in Spain, I had a very terrifying learning experience. I was in need of exchanging money, so my new friends and I set out to find an ATM. I decided to be brave and try out the ATM first out of my group of friends. Unfortunately, being that we were unfamiliar with how their system works, I pressed a few wrong buttons and got my card stolen…by the machine. Now if it were not siesta, a two hour period where the city completely shuts down, I would have easily walked into the bank and retrieved my card. That being said, the bank was closed for two hours and I was forced to sit outside of the machine and wait until I could go inside, ensuring my card didn’t pop out to the next user. Thankfully, once siesta was over, I was able to communicate in Spanish to the teller and retrieve my card, whew! I am very thankful for my parents and girlfriends here, as they were all so helpful.The joys of being a legal drinker-
So as many of you know, the legal drinking age in Spain is 18; therefore, I am now a legal drinker. It is definitely a weird, yet exciting feeling to be able to purchase an alcoholic beverage at the bar without any hesitation. This past week, we have all had a wonderful time experiencing how some of the locals spend their nights out. Sevilla is known for its nightlife; however, it is very different than what I imagined. The Spaniards typically do not head out to the bars until 2 or 3 in the morning, and they tend to stay out until 6 or 7 am. This is very hard to get used to, as we are still recovering from jet lag. My friends and I have come to love the nightlife here, and we have started to find some local places, as well as clubs, where we feel comfortable hanging out.
This past Wednesday I started my classes at CEA. I am taking four classes at the University. All of my classes are taught in English alongside American students. My classes all seem to be very interesting, and I am excited for the weeks to come.