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Kayaking on the Guadalquivir


I am currently in my 5th and final week here in Spain (muy tristeūüė≠). This week has been extremely hot but we still are getting out and enjoying our last few days in Spain. Today we took a kayaking trip down the river, Guadalquivir. It is a pretty large river that runs through the city. It was a lot of fun and definitely a small escape from the hot weather. We were in two person kayaks so it was a bit of a struggle at first trying to synchronize our rowing. You would think Ashley and I would be so in sync from living together for 5 weeks that we could figure it out, but that wasn't the case. We eventually got it figured out and were able to successfully paddle down the river. I was even able to take a couple pictures without getting my phone wet or dropping it in the river. All together I would call it a success!

I am starting to feel really sad about leaving Spain. After living here for 5 weeks and meeting so many amazing people, it really feels like my home away from home.…
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This weekend we took a day trip to C√°diz, Spain. C√°diz is a small peninsula in Southern Spain with many beautiful beaches and lots of history. We took a train to C√°diz which was pretty cool because I have never been on a big train like that before. We arrived in C√°diz and got a small tour and history lesson on the city. We also visited an open air market which had a lot of smelly and creepy looking fish but it was still pretty cool. Then we headed to the beach! The water was much warmer than the past beaches I visited here in Spain. I actually did quite a bit of swimming in the ocean at this beach which was very relaxing and refreshing after a week of extremely hot weather in Sevilla. We spent a couple hours at the beach then headed back to Sevilla to spend our last weekend enjoying Sevilla's night life.

I don't really have much else to say, so here are a bunch of pictures from my weekend. Enjoy!

Spanish Life

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This blog post is going to be a little different from the rest. For this blog I'm going to be talking about the Spanish lifestyle as I've experienced it. After being in Spain for 4 weeks I have concluded that my Spanish lifestyle is pretty similar to my college life. It's similar because I stay up to ungodly late hours, drink way too much, and always take naps. All jokes aside, the Spanish lifestyle is quite different but there's definitely a reason for the way that they live.

First, much of life happens much later than it does it in the States. This is because it is very hot during the day. The hottest temp since coming here has been 108° F. When it is the hottest point of the day (4-6pm), most of the shops close and everyone goes home to take a siesta (nap). This is a necessity. When it's that hot you really can't/don't want to do a single thing. I have also noticed that everyone here wears long pants no matter what the temp is. This blows…

Parasailing in Marbella

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This weekend was full of adventure and spontaneity! I last minute decided to go to Marbella, Spain with a group of friends from school. And it was a very good decision indeed! We left on Saturday and it was about a 3 hour bus ride to Marbella. When we got there, we checked into our cute little AirBNB and then headed to the beach. The beach was beautiful as always. After spending a couple hours tanning and relaxing we headed back to our place to get dressed for dinner. We ended up going to an Indian restaurant, which I have never had before. It was delicious! Not only am I trying Spanish food in Spain, but other ethnically different food as well! After dinner, we headed to bed so we could be well rested for the next day. It was a good thing that we did, because we spontaneously decided to go parasailing!

Parasailing was amazing! I was quite nervous before-hand because I don't like heights all that much but I am so glad that I did it. There really are no words to descr…

Lagos, Portugal


This weekend we went to Portugal! It was about a 3 hour bus ride, which I think is crazy. In the states it takes a couple hours to drive across just one state. In Europe you can be in another country in just a couple hours! We arrived in Lagos Friday afternoon and went right to the beach after checking into our hotel. In my short 20 years of life, I think Lagos is so far the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The pictures do not do it justice. Friday night we had a blast experiencing Lagos night life and Saturday we spent the entire day at the beach. Saturday morning we took a boat tour around the rocks and caves near the shore. It was super cool being able to get up close to the rocks without going into the freezing cold Alantic water. Saturday night we walked around Lagos, which is a super cute beach town, and went out for dinner. It was a early night for me Saturday because I was so exhusted from the beach and then we left Sunday morning. It was beautiful and I definitely…


Hello family & friends!
I have officically been in Spain for 2 weeks now, which its crazy. Time seems to be flying by. I am almost finished with my first class, Artistic Monuments. Like I said in an eariler post, the majority of this class we are walking around the city visiting different historical sites. Thus far, my favorite places we have visited have been, the Real Alc√°zar de Sevilla, and the Cathedral de Sevilla. I find the buildings here so interesting because they never really tear anything down. Throughout history, when a new group of people would take over the city, they would just build on top of what was already there. The Alc√°zar is a palace that was orginally built by Muslims and then added on to when the Christians took over the city. I find it so interesting to be able to see so much history from one building. My favorite part of the palace was the gardens. I feel as if I could wander through them for hours and still have so much to see. They were breath-takingly b…