Hola, Espana!

Dani Langevin grew up Summit County, Colorado. Currently she is a junior at Colorado State University. Now it’s time for her to embark on my study abroad adventure with Semester at Sea for a four month journey around the world.

[Originally posted October 1, 2013]

After a relaxing day at sea (and I mean really relaxing – 4 movies and naps all day long!) we made it to Cadiz, Spain. With only 2 days to spend in Spain we tried to come up with a plan so that we could fit as much as possible into the short amount of time. Well we soon realized that we were way burnt out and needed some more time to relax. Here’s what we did…

Day 1 – Meredith and I made last minute plans to go to Seville (pronounced Seviya) for the day. It is the capital of Andalucía, the area of Spain that we were in, and has a lot to offer. We only had about 4 hours to spend there, but we made the most out of our time. We got around the city by foot and somehow constantly walked in circles. I have no idea why, but we tended to end up in the same area again over and over again even though we could have sworn we were walking in one direction! For lunch we found a little shop that had sandwiches for .50 euros (equivalent to about 70 cents). After lunch we walked through a beautiful building that turned out to be the University of Seville. You would have never guessed that it was a school from the outside! After some more wandering we found ourselves outside of the Cathedral of Seville, which is the largest Gothic church in the world and the third largest church in Europe. Being a student is great, especially in foreign countries, because there are discounts for everything. Since admission to this was so cheap we went inside to see how unimaginably large it was! We walked to the top of the tower which overlooked the entire city. It was originally made for the King to walk his horse up and look at his city. The Seville Cathedral exit was in a completely different area than we had been in before, thus making us lost. Being lost always leads to the most interesting stories though! We decided to take a few turns and ended up walking by an elementary school as the students got out of school for the day. We also found an area filled with little shops. Interestingly enough, most of the shops were either Moroccan or Indian – they all had incense and teas displayed. At that point we were both tired and yes, kind of whiny, so we found a café to get a pick-me-up.

Seville Cathedral (Photo credit)

Seville Cathedral (Photo credit)

Day 2 – Finally a nice day, weather-wise! Meredith and I (good thing we get along so well!) walked through the main city center of Cadiz and found a place to get churros while we did some planning for the upcoming countries. (SO EXCITED FOR ARGENTINA!…You will just have to wait and see what’s coming!) Then it was off to the beach for the rest of the day. The first thing I noticed at Playa La Caleta was that clothing is definitely optional for both men and women. People get completely naked out in the open, which is something very different than in the United States. We weren’t as open to trying this because we would have to see all of the other SAS people on the ship for the next two months. So needless to stay, we kept our swimsuits on, but still got a nice tan! After soaking up the rays for a solid 2 hours we tried some paella from another local place on the beach. Still not impressed. Then more sunbathing and ocean swimming commenced before it was ship time.

Spain is another one of those countries that I will have to go back to. I would have loved to go to both Barcelona and Madrid, but time just did not allow for that. Another time for sure! There is just so much to see that it cannot be covered in a short amount of time, especially two short days. Adios, España!