Study Abroad

Cordoba and Granada

Hola amigos! I can’t believe it’s only been a little over a week since I got to Spain, it feels like it’s been at least a month already!

Last week we took a Spanish class like I mentioned in my last blog. We were split into two groups, and the teacher for my group was a woman named Raquel. She was so nice and funny. On Wednesday she led a tour to “Las Setas.” It’s basically a huge structure that was built where you can climb to the top and see the most beautiful view of Sevilla. We went right before sun down, so the lighting made the view even more breathtaking. I am so lucky to be living in this city!

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We all ended up convincing Raquel to join us at a place called Ferretti at 6PM on Friday. Ferretti serves all kinds of desserts from crepes to gelato to milkshakes. I got a chocolate crepe and it was to die for!

The main event this week was our weekend trip to Cordoba and Granada. We left Saturday early in the morning, and got on a bus with a tour group that drove us to Cordoba to look at the cathedral there. Our main tour guide was a cute old man named Miguel, but because he wore a very Indiana Jones-ish hat, everyone took to calling him Indie and singing the theme song the entire trip. He didn’t seem to mind one bit. We thought we would be the only group on the trip, but it turns out another study abroad group was going with us. They were a small group, only nine people, with 5 from a university in LA and four from the University of Miami. Two of the girls I talked to from Miami were also ADPi’s, so it was cool getting to meet some sisters from a different school!
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Speaking of sisters, when we arrived in Granada after touring the cathedral in Cordoba, we were walking down the streets of Granada and I saw my friend Leah who I have known since elementary school! She’s also an ADPi at UT, and she’s studying abroad in Granada for the semester. I knew she was in the city, but randomly running into her was such a funny coincidence! We didn’t get to talk for long before I had to catch up to my group, but I’m sure we’ll be able to see each other over this semester while we’re both in Spain!

We stayed overnight in an extremely nice hotel in Granada, and in the morning we headed to La Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex, which was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by the Sultan of Granada. The view were amazing, and the details inside the palace were so beautiful. It’s crazy to think about how much time and dedication it must have taken to create everything!
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The last few days have been pretty busy with orientation at UPO (the university we are going to) and our first day of classes today! All of us TCU people ended up in a lot of the same classes, so it was nice going into class and seeing friends instead of strangers. All of the classes we take are specifically designed for study abroad students, and you have to get special permission to take classes with actual Spanish students at the university. All three of the classes I had today seem really interesting and not too difficult so hopefully they will continue to be that way!

Tomorrow early afternoon me and three other TCU girls are heading to Dublin for the weekend! I am so excited! Not so much excited about leaving the weather here in Spain, but I’m sure this is going to be another great weekend!

Hasta luego,

Shelly

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