I arrived back in the USA yesterday after an unforgettable semester in Barcelona. Thank you to everyone who reads my very popular blog (mainly my parents) and to my wonderful host family. Hasta luego Barcelona.
Just kidding! I hope I got your attention though. Look at the pictures that I’ve attached to this post, and tell me what you think. The first time I saw them on the streets of Sevilla, I almost peed my pantalones! Turns out, Spain does not harbor a secret cell of the Ku Klux Klan. Instead, this is apart of the four hundred year old ritual that takes place every Semana Santa (Holy Week) in the rather Catholic southern Spanish autonomy of Andalusia. Thousands of people descend upon Sevilla during Holy Week, and it is notorious for the grand processions through the streets at all hours of the night (some started at 4 AM!). Some time ago (like 400 years), people would write their sins on their hoods and proceed to walk around town anonymously showing their sins. They accompany float-like pasos, which depict the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ as well as the reaction of his mother, Mary. I highly recommend Sevilla, at least 10/10, it was amazing (especially for Holy Week). I have never experienced anything like it and doubt I ever will.
I spent the last weekend in London town. They speak English there in case you didn’t know, which is a major plus at this point of the semester since every where else that I’ve travelled do not speak English! I met the Queen and Kate, they both were really quite lovely. It is Semana Santa here in Spain, which means I get the entire week off! Everyone in the Barcelona area usually goes on vacay this week, so the city is filled with tourists.
I still cannot get over my amazing time in Morocco! I highly recommend everyone to experience it once in their lives. The people there defy your stereotypes and preconceived notions about what it is to live in a majority Muslim country as well as an African country.
Here are some pictures from my time in MOROCCO.
This past weekend I went to Morocco! I visited the cities of Tangier and Chefchaouen, which were very beautiful. The people were extremely nice, but the culture is incredibly different than the United States. However, I had a wonderful time and would love to return.
Carnaval in Europe is crazy! It is the time right before Lent starts, so all of Europe goes crazy for a couple of days before they pray away their sins.
This weekend I went to Carnaval in Sitges, a popular beach town a half an hour south of Barcelona. Everyone dresses up, and the parade starts at 7 pm and lasts until 4 am!!!! (I only made it until 1 am, FYI) My friends and I met some really cool people from the Netherlands, and we watched the parade from the beach.
After three weeks of traveling, I finally got to spend a weekend in Barcelona. On Friday I went to the beautiful Costa Brava town on Palamos, where there I fileted a fish (I even had to cut off its head 😦 ). Yesterday, I went to the ancient Roman city of Tarragona, which is about an hour south of Barcelona. Both were amazing times that let me experience the culture of a more rural Spanish setting!
Thursday I went to a party thrown by my university, and there they had the cultural activity of castelles, which is where people build human towers. Google it, it is amazing! They had 5 rows of people and then they fell!!! Amazing.
Hope all is well in the USA. I see that it is about 60 degrees in Pittsburgh right now, so maybe global warming isn´t so bad LOL. If only our president believed in it! Everyone in Spain is so curious about he who must not be named. They think the Americans are a bunch of idiots LOL!!! I can´t say that the Spaniards´assessment is wrong, though.
Hasta nunca USA. I´m staying in Spain.
Yes, my phone was stolen unfortunately. Hence why I haven’t been able to upload blog posts (sorry about that)!!!! Pero, ahora esta bien. Let me fill you in on what’s been happening.
I went to Geneva last weekend to meet up with my mom’s cousin who lives there and my sister, who is currently working in Zurich. It was very very very beautiful and I encourage all to go and see the beauty that is Switzerland. The food and wine were amazing, and I especially recommend the fondue!
Next, I visited my friend who is studying abroad in Florence. I want to say that I could live in Italy for my entire life, but I would get too fat because the food is that good! 😦 For three days I exclusively ate pizza, pasta, and gelato. It was amazing.
And all is well here in Barcelona! I watch the news and never want to go back to the United States! Hope you are all doing well.
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to go visit Paris! A wonderful city with tons of history. I was able to see the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacré-Cœur, and eat lots and lots and lots of macarons and crepes!
I was there from Friday until Sunday, and I was even able to meet up with a fellow Tartan abroad, Keval Gala. I had a wonderful time being exposed to a beautiful culture, even though I think Barcelona is better than Paris.
Last Sunday I was lucky enough to go to the coastal city of Tarragona, which is about an hour south of Barcelona. It used to be an Ancient Roman city, and the ancient ruins from that time remain there still today! I was surprised to learn what an impact Ancient Rome had on the country of Spain. We got a tour of the city and then were able to explore it on our own for a couple of hours. It was really beautiful and I hope I can go back!
The Monday after this expedition I went to a Spanish cooking lesson, where I was able to cook traditional Spanish food and then eat it after! It was a lot of fun, and I cannot wait to go back to the US and show off my mastery cooking skills of the Spanish cuisine. We cooked tortilla de patata, paella, pan con tomate, crema catalunya, and an amazing Romesco sauce that we dipped veggies in. #amazing