This past weekend we took our orientation trip to sevilla which in the south of Spain. On Friday, we took a 2-hour train to sevilla, checked into the hotel, and ate lunch. Let me just say, this city is amazing! The first day, we walked to the biggest catholic cathedral in the world and got a tour of the inside. We walked up 35 flights of uphill ramps to get to the top of the bell tower to see the incredible view of the entire city. That night we ended up in a travel agency drinking sangria with Spaniards. The entire school went out to the bars together (see pics below). The Spaniards started walking us to this club. Although we were drinking sangria in front of the cathedral and other huge landmarks, it was the longest walk ever! Anyways we ended up that club and the rest was history.
On Saturday, we woke up early and drove about an hour outside of Seville to see the Spanish caves underneath the city, called Las Grutas Maravillas. The cave was HUGE! (see pics below). After that we ended up a place called Secaderos de Jamon—which was basically a slaughterhouse for pigs. I of course, was already feeling sick so I chose not to all the way inside. Here in Spain, it is casual to have dead animal limps half cut out hanging from the ceiling or on the wall. GROSS! After that we hiked up this huge mountain to eat lunch at the top of the Cortelazar. Lunch is usually the same everyday—pork and potatoes. After lunch we met typical Spanish moms who taught us how to make pan dulces. They weren’t as good as they looked but it was cool to see them make it. (see pics below).
On Sunday (yesterday), we started our day off with flamenco workshops. We attempted to learn how to flamenco (it’s a lot harder than you think). After that we took a tour around Las Setas, which is this huge mushroom looking thing in the middle of the city (see pics). Underneath Las Setas are roman ruins that we got to see, and it was interesting to learn that by law in Spain, if you find ruins, you have to preserve them and not keep excavating. After that we took a short bus ride to the Cortijo Pino Montano. This is basically where they have horse shows and bull fights! We got there and were greeted with tapas and drinks, along with flamenco dancers and a flamenco band. We then got to see a bull fight demonstration and a horse show! The people that are involved in the bull fight have got to be by far the bravest people I know. They risk their lives to provide entertainment for others. Like, what?! We then at lunch at the Cortijo Pino Montano and I tried my first meal of paella. Its pretty fishy but was actually delicious!
This morning, we met in the lobby of the hotel for a visit to Los Reales Alcazares, which is the old royal palace in Sevilla. Now, I am back home in Madrid with all my roommates just relaxing before dinner. The spaniards are watching professional dodgeball on TV and are getting pretty into it! More excitement is to come so keep up with my blog!!
Muchos besos y abrazos!!