Last week I had the opportunity to return to my favorite city in Spain (the only city I had been to in Spain but still my favorite;) After being in the cold/rain/snow for the last 7 weeks, 5 days in sunshine were so needed. We departed on Tuesday from Frankfurt leaving behind the 17 degree Fahrenheit weather and entering the warm 72 degrees in Seville.
At 4:50am all 48 students and 8 faculty members and their spouses boarded the bus and departed from Moore Haus. We flew from Frankfurt to Madrid and left the airport for 2 hours to go to the Prado Museum. A guide took us around and explained the backstory of the most famous art pieces they have. We boarded the bus and went back to the airport to jump on our plane to Seville. Once we landed we went to our hotel and got ready for dinner. Our whole program including the faculty went to dinner and ate delicious paella from a local family restaurant. Afterwards the program wandered the streets together and explored the neighborhood around our hotel Don Paco.
We woke up early and met in the lobby to head to go on a bus tour of Seville ending at the Cathedral of Seville. We climbed the 36 walkways to the top of the tower at the Cathedral. After we split up and some friends and I went and grabbed lunch nearby. Had some of the world famous Spanish gazpacho but it was not as incredible as some that I've had in Seville last time I was there. #it #was #sad #and #i #was #underimpressed
We then headed to the shopping district and of course went to Zara and a store I've heard so much about from every student I've met while traveling called Pull&Bear. I originally heard about this store when I asked a girl where she got her jeans in Switzerland at Château de Chillon and turns out she is a Pi Phi (the sorority I am a member of) at another school.
After shopping we headed back to the hotel and met up with the rest of the program who was hanging out at the rooftop pool. We all got ready and got dinner together before we met up with the faculty and watched a Flamenco show. After almost the whole program went and got drinks together at a cute little bar where we befriended the owner.
The next morning we got up even earlier and headed to the 15th Century Palace, Casa de Pilatos. We had the whole afternoon and evening on our own. We left the Casa de Pilatos and went to the Flamenco Museum and danced throughout the whole thing while learning about the dance. Then we went and got Acai bowls because we were missing Malibu and craving Sunlife. After we left the Acai bowl place we went to a tattoo studio and 5 of the girls in our group got their cartilages pierced. (Not me mom, don't worry) Then we headed to a local flee market and bought little knickknacks and I bought a leather purse.
After the flee market we had lunch at 'No-Lugar' and it was the most incredible meal I've ever shared. Not only was the food delicious, the company and conversation, as well as the aesthetics, were something out of a movie. We stopped at Zara again on the way back to the hotel. Then we split up and went to dinner in smaller groups and went to bed early after the long day.
The next morning the program met in the lobby and walked to the train station together. We trained to Córdoba and explored the old city. We went inside the Mosque that had later become a Cathedral. After we walked down to the river and soaked up the sun. After spending a majority of the day in Córdoba we trained back to Seville. A group of us went to Taco Bell because #we #miss #America and then went back to the hotel and packed in our food comas.
The next day we were able to sleep in and met in the lobby at 11:45am. We all walked to the 14th Century Moorish Palace of the Alcázar where a lot of the show Games of Thrones was filmed (have never watched but a lot of people in our group were very excited about it). We were suppose to get lunch on our own but our food was taking so long that we had to get it to go and R U N back to the hotel to make it to the bus to go to the airport. We arrived 2 minutes before the bus left and got a stern look from the faculty #oops. We arrived back in Heidelberg after midnight and had all of Sunday to sleep in and work on homework. Overall - I love Seville! It was so good to be back and I highly highly recommend to any one wanting to go to Spain.
Here is a video I made from our trip!