Hello everyone!!

I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted! As you can imagine, the last few weeks of study abroad have been very crazy! I’ve been doing my best to enjoy this city before I head back to the States.

Some of you know (and some of you don’t know) that I had some very special visitors this past week!! Two of my favorite women came to visit me in Sevilla for a little vacation!!

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We were blessed with beautiful weather, lots of good laughs and adventures!! Besides getting caught up in the craziness of Semana Santa, or “Holy Week” here in Sevilla, we did so much stuff the week they visited! Here’s a glimpse of the things we did!!

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I was lucky enough to take these two lovely ladies to “Mi Barrio”, which is a bar very close to where I live that my host family likes to go to! Actually, my host brother’s wife’s family owns the bar, and her younger brother sings here every Saturday! It is one of my favorite things to do in Sevilla!

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My beautiful Mom!!!

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My US family meets my host family!!! (On the left is Guillermo, my host brother and his wife Salu. In between Salu and Kayla is my host Mom, Puri, and behind her is our other host brother, Jose! I hope you recognize the Americans!) Love these people!!!!

After drinks, dancing and singing, we headed to my host Mom’s apartment for dinner!! Usually Spanish people only have family and very close friends over to their house, so it was an honor my Mom and Mrs. Schulze were able to come for a visit!!

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The rest of the days are a blur of visiting all the best places in Sevilla…eating too many Tapas…and drinking too much sangria (if that’s even possible)!!!

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Pictures along the Guadalquivir River!

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Pictures of Parque Maria Luisa!

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Of course, a visit to Plaza de Espana! (One of my favorite places in Sevilla)

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Tapas and Sangria along the river! (Duhhhh)

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We also visited the Torre del Oro, and went to the top for a view of the city!! (The inside is actually a naval museum). On Monday’s it is free entrance!

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Views from the top!!!

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On Tuesday, we had the chance to escape the craziness of the city and take a bus trip to the beach-town of Cadiz in the very South of Spain!! It was a beautiful day, filled with sun, sand, gelato and drinks!

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Another “must-see” in Sevilla that we were able to visit was “Las Setas”, or the mushrooms! They seem very modern and out of place in the city, but it has the best  views of the city!  It’s one of my favorite places to go at night!! It only costs 3 euros to go to the top and comes with a complimentary drink from the bar! We were able to see the sunset over this beautiful city I have been lucky enough to call home!

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Their last full day in Sevilla, we were able to visit the Cathedral and go to the top of the Giralda.

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I think I have mentioned in a previous post, but this Cathedral is the third largest in the world!! It’s truly breathtaking!!

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It is also home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus!! He actually left from Sevilla on his voyage to the America’s!

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The columns in the Cathedral are so massive!! (Thanks Mom for being my example to show how big they are!)

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After walking around the Cathedral for a while, we decided to  climb to the top of the Giralda (which was once part of a Muslim mosque but is now a bell tower for the Cathedral). It wasn’t stairs we climbed, but rather 34 levels of “ramps” so people could push carts to the top.

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But it was worth the hike up for these incredible views of the city!!!

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A view of the bull fighting ring in the distance!!

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Looking down on the plaza and tiny people below!!

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Of course, some mojitos by the river after hiking all the way to the top of the Giralda!

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Then after some lunch, we ended our last afternoon together with a paddle boat ride along the river!!! (AKA…Kayla and I paddled while the Mom’s enjoyed drinks in the back…) But it was really fun!!

After paddling for an hour, we met up with my host Mom and host family for some Churros con chocolate!

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We certainly accomplished a lot this past week! I’m so blessed I was able to share my experience in Sevilla with them both!! We all had such a blast!!!

Thank you for coming to visit me guys!! It means so much to have been able to show you both around!  Love you very much!!

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xoxo

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