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I know it seems too beautiful to be real, but this is Dona Ana Beach, in Lagos, Portugal–where I spent last weekend! I know most of my travels have been to old, historic cities, but for my last trip I decided to slow down a bit and relax. What better place to do that than here??

Remember the group I went to Morocco with, Discover Excursions? Well, they also do a trip to Lagos! Kayla and I planned this as our last trip to relax after all our hectic travels and hopefully get a tan before heading home for good. Friday morning we were beach bound and it was only about a 3 hour drive from Seville! I highly recommend going if you’re in the South of Spain!

Lucky for us, our hotel was right on this beautiful beach and we spent a couple hours Friday afternoon relaxing and enjoying the views. Around 4pm our guides took us on a hike along the cliffs of the coast! (We thought that it was going to be more of a walk-hike, but it was actually a real hike!! We had to climb up and down the rocky cliffs!!)

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But it was worth the view!!

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Looking back towards our hotel and beach! (It was a little cloudy Friday afternoon/Saturday morning, but we made the best of it!)

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You know I’ve conquered my fear of heights when I walk along the edge of a cliff! I even looked down to take this picture!! (I don’t know if my Dad will believe this…!)

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But here’s proof of me standing along the edge of the cliff! Stunning view of the crystal blue water in the background!

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After a while, we finally climbed down some stairs to get a view of some of the grottos!

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The hike was incredibly beautiful, and well worth all the strenuous exercise climbing rocky cliffs!

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After a quick siesta, we headed to the city center for dinner. Kayla and I stopped at a place recommended to us by our guides called “Nah Nah Bah.” It’s actually home to one of the world’s top 50 burgers, the Toucan Burger!! So obviously you know what I ordered…

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It was so good–a strange mixture of sweet/salty because it had pineapple on it! I can’t remember the last time I had a burger, tasted like summer and home!! I highly recommend this place, it’s a very cool atmosphere with great food!

After this we headed out for the night for drinking & dancing!!

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Saturday morning we left the hotel at 10:30am! Kayla and I had signed up for an optional boat cruise along the coast! Although it was cloudy, it was an amazing time! Smaller boats took groups of us on tours of the grotto’s! Some people even jumped off the boat to swim but it was a little too cold for me! There was also endless amounts of Sangria for us…

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After the boat cruise we headed to another beach in Lagos, this one was much bigger than Dona Ana! After all that sangria, Kayla and I took a nice long nap!! (The back of my legs got a little burned…woops!) After waking up, we played a game of volleyball with some people in our group and then headed back to the hotel!

That evening, we took an hour bus ride to the most Southwest point of Portugal to see the sunset at “the end of the world”. The real name is Cabo de Sao Vicente, but in the older days it was considered to be the end of the world because they believed nothing was beyond this point!

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We all sat along the rocky cliffs and watched the sunset over the Atlantic. It was so beautiful, words and pictures do not do it justice!

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Just hanging out at the end of the world!

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After the sun (majestically) set over the water, we headed back to the city center for dinner and drinks!

Our last day in Lagos, Kayla and I decided to relax on the beach all day! There were optional excursions to go kayaking or surfing, but we both wanted a day to rest on the beach!

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Lucky for us, the weather on Sunday was amazing! Not a single cloud in the sky!! I definitely got some color while laying out, and even went swimming twice!

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I still can’t get over how beautiful Lagos was. It felt like I jumped into a postcard for the weekend, and was living in paradise! The water was so clear you could see your feet at the bottom! Sunday afternoon, it was very difficult to say goodbye to this paradise, but I know that I will find my way back here someday!

Although this was my last trip, I still have some fun things to look forward to my last 3 weeks here so expect some more posts!! My Mom and Mrs. Schulze are coming to visit this Friday for a week (so excited to see them both)!! It is also Holy Week, and Sevilla is known for it’s many festivities during Easter time! I also plan on taking a beach trip or two, to the city of Cadiz, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the South of Spain! I can’t believe how fast my time has gone by here! Although I miss home, I’m not ready to leave Spain just yet!

Like I said before, there’s something very calming about being on a beach! (Especially one that looks as beautiful as this!) I had an incredible weekend, relaxing, drinking and soaking up the sun with good company!

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“When you lose yourself…you find the key to paradise”

xoxo

 

 

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Hola mis amigos!

Yesterday, our study abroad program took everyone to the Southern city of Malaga for a day excursion! The exciting thing about Malaga: it’s on the beach!! Yay!!

However, sadly, we woke up yesterday morning at 6:30am to the sound of rain in Seville! Besides the fact that it was early, the bad weather outside made it almost impossible to get out of bed! But after 3 hours on a bus, the sun decided to make an appearance just in time for us to arrive in Malaga!

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You can imagine I was a happy girl!

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But before we actually got to see the beach, we had a couple tours! First stop, the Cathedral of Malaga, also called “La Manquita” (which translates to one armed lady). Although this seems strange, let me explain! While the Cathedral of Malaga was trying to be finished, the American Revolutionary War was going on. As you may know, Spain supported the revolutionaries in their fight against the British. Instead of putting the money towards finishing the other bell tower, the city of Malaga decided to donate it to the American revolutionary war effort!

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Which is why one bell tower looks like this!! One is finished, the other is not: making this Cathedral a one armed lady, or manquita! Thanks Malaga for your support!!

Like most Cathedrals in Spain, the inside of this one is decadent and beautiful! There are some unique characteristics though..

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This painting…although nothing out of the ordinary, hangs above the main entrance to the Cathedral! What is unique about this painting, is the canvas that it is painted on: elephant skin!!

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Also, notice how these windows don’t glow with colors from stained glass, like the other windows do? Part of the Malaga Cathedral was actually destroyed during the Spanish Civil war, when Franco bombed the city. The original stained glass was destroyed. (Very sad that a civil war destroyed part of such a beautiful Cathedral!)

After a little history lesson in the Cathedral, we headed off the Pablo Picasso Museum for a lesson in art! Picasso was born in Malaga but actually did most of his work in Paris (in Montmartre, if you remember from my last post.) This museum holds many of the pieces of work once privately kept by Picasso himself. We were unable to take any pictures inside the museum, so you’ll have to imagine the crazy cubist images we saw on your own!

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Finally, we got a quick walking tour of the city. Here is an Ancient Roman theater. They discovered the ruins about 60 years ago when they were hoping to make a garden/park area here! Behind the Roman ruins are the remains of a the Arab rule in the South of Spain. This picture captures two cultures in one! The Roman ruins date back to 1st century B.C! So crazy!

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Also something interesting, in a plaza near the Cathedral, large replicas of newspaper headlines are displayed on the ground, from the day when Constitution was announced in Spain.

Now for the good stuff!

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“Malagueta”, the name of the beach sculpted in the sand!

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It felt nice to hang out on the beach for a while! Although we were dressed for rain, that didn’t stop us from taking off our boots and dipping our feet in the Mediterranean! After a long week, where I must admit, I felt very homesick, the beach cheered me up a lot! I’ve always believed there’s something healing about the ocean!

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xoxo


It’s official, I’ve caught the travel bug! Living in Seville has made me realize how incredibly beautiful and incredibly different our world really is. With that being said, my friends and I were eager to plan some weekend trips!

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There is this great travel group called “Discover Seville” that takes study abroad students on weekend excursions! My friend who had studied abroad here before recommended this group to me and almost every study abroad student here seems to know about it also!!

Not only do they take students on excursions, but they also have a really good deal called a “VIP Seville Card” that is 15 Euro and allows you to get into specially hosted parties/clubs/bars without paying a cover charge. Cover charges here can range from 8-10 Euros for one night (not to mention the costs of drinks). If we go out twice, this card basically pays for itself! (We also get a tank top with the card that says “VIP Seville” on it!!) They also have deals on certain nights of the week where you can get a free beer or free sangria at certain places when you show your card! I’m very excited about this investment!

Now that you know a bit about this group, I have some exciting news!! Like I said before, I’ve caught the travel bug…and next weekend is my first trip!!! Guess where I’ll be spending my Valentine’s Day?! (You’ll never guess…) Africa!!! Crazy I know! My friends and I are going on a weekend trip to Morocco (Feb 14th-16th), which is actually very close to Seville! We are traveling with over 100 other study abroad students through Discover Seville! It is about a one hour bus ride to the coast, a short ferry ride and we’re in Africa! There is one price for the whole trip, which includes all transportation costs, a 4-star hotel (with Wifi), excursions to different cities with tour guides…and my favorite part…WE GET TO RIDE CAMELS ON A BEACH!! I just think that is so awesome! Now, I know this trip seems crazy, but it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am traveling with a safe program, so don’t worry too much about me (Nana and Papa).

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To see what is included in the trip, as well as a video of what we will be doing…check out the link to the website!!

http://www.discoverexcursions.com/Morocco

Not only does Discover Seville offer a great weekend trip to Morocco, they offer an amazing beach getaway trip to Lagos, Portugal!! Although this trip is not as historic as my other travels might be, it’s going to be a blast! We booked Lagos for the first weekend in April (4th-6th) which will probably be the last trip we are able to take! (One last hoorah before we head back to the States!) They take you to some different beaches, give you wristbands to get access to the night clubs, and even take you to “The End of the World”, which is a cliff that you watch the sunset over the water from (a long time ago, they thought this was literally, the end of the world). I’m excited for a weekend of relaxing on beautiful beaches! This is definitely more of a “party/fun” trip, than an “educational” one…but hey, I think I deserve it! And hopefully I will come back with a tan!!

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To see information about what I’ll be doing on this trip, and a video of the beautiful beaches I will be escaping to…Check out this link! (No promises you won’t be jealous!!)

http://www.discoverexcursions.com/YouOnlyLagosOnce

Lastly, since Discover Seville is so awesome, we are also going on a day trip with them to Cadiz, Spain for “Carnaval”!! Now, Spain has two really famous festivals…one is Feria (which is in May in Seville…and we will be missing it!) and the other is Carnaval of Cadiz (which we are definitely not going to miss out on!!).  Honestly, I’m not truly sure what this whole 2-week celebration in Cadiz is all about, but I’m excited to find out! Seems like one big costume party?! I can’t wait!!

Where is Cadiz you may be wondering? South of Spain, along the beach!! Gorgeous city, one of the oldest in Spain!

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Since we are going on both the Morocco and Lagos trip with Discover Seville, the trip to Carnaval is free for us! (So obviously we can’t pass this up!) Apparently we leave for this trip around 6:00pm on Saturday evening, and come back around 4:00am!!! Fiesta!!! For more information about this, check out the link below!

http://www.discoverexcursions.com/Carnavales

Now, after seeing all these awesome things, I hope you haven’t caught the travel bug too! But if you have, and you’re planning on studying abroad…definitely check out Discover Seville!!

One week until Morocco & camel riding!! Don’t worry, I promise I will post lots of pictures! Mostly of the camels though. Can’t wait! xo