I am very sad to say that this will be my last post on my study abroad blog. Over the past 4 months I have learned so much, about the world and myself. I’ve been so blessed to have this experience and live my dreams. I am happy that I decided to blog about my journey, and have followers like you supporting me throughout all my adventures…so thank you!
There are many people that I could not have done all of this without, and I just want to give them all a quick shout-out.
- Thanks to my Nana and Papa for always supporting me…even though I know you worried every single day about me! Thanks for being my #1 blog followers too!!
- Thanks to my brother, who always managed to tease me on Skype and make me feel like I was back home.
- Thanks to my best friends, who kept me laughing 3,000 miles away and always cheered me up when I was homesick.
- Thanks to Mark, who bravely watched me venture across the world, to live in Spain for 4 months, with a smile on his face. That’s not an easy task for a boyfriend to do, and I am so grateful for his non-stop support in every new adventure I take on!
- Thanks to my past teachers and professors (some of whom follow my blog), for helping to shape me into the person I am today. I would have never been interested in international relations, Spanish or traveling if it weren’t for some of my favorite teachers/professors who inspired me! (You know who you are.)
Finally…there are two very important people I owe it all to.
Mom & Dad. You guys never cease to amaze me. I am inspired and motivated by you every single day of my life. I could have never accomplished all that I managed over the years without your love and support. I wasn’t afraid to adventure out into this world because of you both, so thank you.
This ones for you...
THANK YOU MOM & DAD FOR GIVING ME THE WORLD. XOXO
Now that I’ve had time to readjust and organize my pictures, I’ve decided to share with you some silly ones I’ve taken in some really cool places! For those of you who are not familiar with the term “selfie”, it’s basically a picture you take of yourself! Now that we have things clarified, I hope you enjoy my edition of “Selfies All Over the World”!
Trevi Fountain Selfie
Vatican Museum Selfie
Top of St. Peter’s Basilica Selfie
Tower Bridge Selfie
Big Ben Selfie.
London Eye Selfie
Eiffel Tower Selfie #1
The Louvre Selfie
Venus de Milo Selfie
Mona Lisa Selfie
Arc de Triomphe Selfie
Eiffel Tower Selfie #2
Sunset at the “End of the World” Selfie
Torre de Oro Selfie
Plaza de España Selfie
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!!)
But it was worth the view!!
Looking back towards our hotel and beach! (It was a little cloudy Friday afternoon/Saturday morning, but we made the best of it!)
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…!)
But here’s proof of me standing along the edge of the cliff! Stunning view of the crystal blue water in the background!
After a while, we finally climbed down some stairs to get a view of some of the grottos!
The hike was incredibly beautiful, and well worth all the strenuous exercise climbing rocky cliffs!
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…
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!!
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…
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!
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!
Just hanging out at the end of the world!
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!
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!
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!
“When you lose yourself…you find the key to paradise”
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!
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).
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!!
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!!
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!!)
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!
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!
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