Sevilla Life Updates Part 2

Hi everyone!

So I’m just checking in with random little bits of information about life here.

I’ve gotten to do a few trips since the last time I checked in!

I wrote about Malaga, but I also got to go to Aracena in the Sierra Huelva of Sevilla and also Italica in the last month.

Aracena is a town with beautiful views, an old fortress, and the main point of my trip with CIEE, la Gruta de las Maravillas, which is a huge cave system filled with stalagmites and stalactites, underground pools, and is just an incredible piece of nature.

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It’s lamb season!
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Aracena is a really cute and pretty town filled with white houses (making it a “pueblo blanco” for which Spain is famous)
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A reflection in one of the cave’s pools

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This past weekend was an early birthday trip to Italica for part of a day. Italica is the oldest and most well-preserved Roman town in Spain. It was the childhood home of Emperor Hadrian (if Hadrian’s Wall in England rings a bell, same guy).

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The mosaics were some of the best-preserved pieces and were gorgeous.

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Italica is a huge city (with even more hidden underneath the modern town nearby). Thus I was glad the weather cooperated with us and all the walking!

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My favorite part though was the old Roman theater. It was (almost) as good as going to the Colosseum in Rome. As Ale said, “Could you name any building built today that would be as well-preserved as this 2,000 years from now?”
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This part of the theater would be filled with water to stage “sea battles”

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And in a bit of advanced travel news, I have a lot of upcoming trips! I’ll be going to Basque Country (San Sebastian and Bilbao) at the end of the month! Trips to Ronda (a small town on the way to Malaga) and the beaches south of Sevilla are also in the works. And then in June, my mom and cousin are visiting! The three of us will be going to Madrid and then Germany, before my cousin goes home and my mom comes to Andalucia (Sevilla/Cordoba/Granada) and bonus Portugal/Gibraltar trips.

Because of that, June will also be crazy because it’s exam months! I have a final project in May before leaving for Basque, but then have two exams close to each other upon my return and thankfully a break to study before my last (and probably hardest) exam at the end of June.

Students here are slowly starting to get into exam mode. My classes and the study nooks seem a little fuller these days and I’ll soon be among them. I’m used to having good attendance credit/homework grades/paper grades to bolster my usually lack-luster or average exams that having classes based solely on a final exam is a little terrifying. But I’m trying not to panic too soon 🙂

Volunteering is also going well. The girl I have been volunteering with left to go back to the States last weekend so now it’s just me. The kids are great though. I helped one girl study for her English test last weekend. It was fun (“fun”?) to go through verb conjugations and sentence constructions with her. It definitely makes you think when you have to explain when to add “-s” and when to “-es” to make words plural (I did remember though. THANKS FOR THE WRITING CLASSES MOM!)

I’ve also tried a lot of different restaurants/bakeries these last few weeks. There’s a cupcake bakery near the CIEE study center that we went to after our final last week to try out. Amazing. I can’t believe we haven’t gone before.

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Chocolate cupcake with mint icing, carrot cake cupcake with buttercream icing, apple cupcake with cinnamon icing, lemon cupcake with unknown (but delicious) icing. And a brownie with nuts.

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I might have discussed these before but this these are butter croissants from a tiny bakery near where I live and they are to die for. I get them about 2-3 times a week.
I might have discussed these before but this these are butter croissants from a tiny bakery near where I live and they are to die for. I get them about 2-3 times a week.
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Churros are as Spanish as paella or tinto/sangria. Also they’re delicious and will make you fat but will be worth it. There are two main kinds of churros: Churros rellenos that are kind of like a long john donut but with chocolate filling. Then there’s churros con chocolate which are churro sticks that you dip into a cup of piping hot chocolate. These are my personal favourite and will have for breakfast/lunch/dinner if permitted.
Finally, Karishma and I tried out a coffee shop that opened a few weeks ago (we're struggling to remember what used to be in that spot). It is cheaper than starbucks, a lot brighter space with more comfy chairs, and also they had an amazing lemon muffin (accompanied by an iced latte with a shot of vanilla. Spanish Lesson!!  Sirope=syrup)
Finally, Karishma and I tried out a coffee shop that opened a few weeks ago (we’re struggling to remember what used to be in that spot). It is cheaper than starbucks (though still a chain), a lot brighter space with more comfy chairs, and also they had an amazing lemon muffin (accompanied by an iced latte with a shot of vanilla. Spanish Lesson!!
Sirope=syrup)

And finally, some more pictures at this already picture-heavy post. Please give your computer a hug for me for having to deal with this.

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Sunset from Las Setas during Semana Santa
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“La primavera en Sevilla es una maravilla” (Spring in Sevilla is a wonder)
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A small courtyard hidden across from the Cathedral
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Wandering the University of Sevilla while trying to find an office
We still don't know what this was. It looked like a Semana Santa paso made completely of children. There were young boys carrying the float and crosses, but the young girls were all in flamenco outfits (complete with shawls and flowers). The spanish couple we asked didn't know what was going on either.
We saw this this week and still don’t know what it was. It looked like a Semana Santa paso made completely of children. There were young boys carrying the float and crosses, but the young girls were all in flamenco outfits (complete with shawls and flowers). The Spanish couple we asked didn’t know what was going on either.

And ta-da! The End.

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