We took our first weekend trip! Yes, I know we have only been in Paris for two weeks, but we just couldn’t wait to start traveling! So after class on Friday, a few of my friends and I packed our bags and hopped on a plane to Seville, Spain. We were only there for 48 hours but we did so much and had such an amazing time! The seven of us stayed in the Black Swan Hostel in Seville. It was everyone’s first time staying in a communal hostel, but we were all pleasantly surprised! It was in a great location and was extremely clean and nice and everyone we met was super friendly.
To be honest, I had never heard of Seville until someone suggested going on this trip, but it is such a beautiful city! Saturday morning we got up and walked to the Alcázar of Sevilla, a huge Islamic palace. The architecture was amazing; I was in awe of everything I saw. My favorite part was the gardens, there was even a big maze you could walk through. There were peacocks wandering around and there was ivy everywhere (my favorite); it felt like I was in a movie, that’s how beautiful it was.
We then walked to the Cathedral de Sevilla, which was probably one of the most beautiful and outrageous things I have ever seen in my life. It was HUGE! As students, we could go inside for just 4 euros (you just had to show them your student visa). I was amazed. We saw the grave of Christopher Columbus and climbed up 17 stories into the Giralda tower, which had the most breathtaking views of Seville. It was worth the climb.
For lunch, we ate Paella and had Sangria in a little restaurant near the cathedral. The food was so good and we were very hungry (because apparently, everyone in Spain eats all their meals really late) so we devoured our food. After lunch, we wandered the streets of Seville. This was one of my favorite parts! Everything was so colorful and the 60-degree sunny weather was a nice change from the 30-degree rain we left in Paris. We ended up near the Guadalquivir River, so we bought churros and just sat at the water’s edge for a while. It was beautiful, and a nice break after a day of walking.
That night, we ate tapas and met up with some girls from Clemson that are studying in Seville. It was fun, but I quickly learned that the Seville way of life just isn’t for me. Apparently, their nights begin at around 2 in the morning, and they stay out until 7 AM. I was proud (and completely and totally exhausted) when we stayed out until around 2:30.
On Sunday, we got up and started exploring again! We walked to the Metropol Parasol (AKA the giant mushroom), which is this HUGE wooden structure that spans blocks and looks vaguely like a mushroom. We took an elevator to the top and got to walk around on top of it, which was amazing! We had a great view of the city, and it was the perfect place to take a picture (or 50…). I’m not really sure what it was or why it was there, but I am not complaining because it was amazing!
After that, we made our way to the Plaza de España! When you google Seville, this is usually the first picture that pops up. It was beautiful, and I was extra excited because part of Star Wars Episode II was filmed there (so geeky, I know), so I was excited to walk where Anakin and Padme had once walked. The Plaza was huge and we spent about an hour just walking around in awe of the architecture.
Finally, we ended our trip by going back to the river and taking a relaxing boat tour! The seven of us got a boat to ourselves so we got to just float along the river in the sun enjoying the afternoon. It was warm enough to take off our jackets and just enjoy ourselves. We all agreed that we could not have ended our quick getaway in any better way.
Needless to say, we had such a great time in Spain! Our first trip could not have gone any better. It made me so excited for all the other amazing cities that I am going to travel to in the next few months. I still cannot believe that this is all real and that I actually have to opportunity to do all of this. Thanks, mom and dad! Oh, and GO TIGERS!