One of my program-sponsored trips was to the capital of Portugal; Lisbon. Though I have never been to the West Coast of the U.S., from what fellow students said that either live there or have visited San Francisco, this Portuguese city has some resemblances to the Californian city, including a suspension bridge and trolleys. Also inspired by… Continue reading Lovely Lisbon
For a very walkable and relatively small city, it is more eclectic than most.From a church in the center of the Red Light District to coffee shops that don’t specialize in coffee, Amsterdam is unlike anywhere else. As you probably know, many things are legal in this city and since this is the way, it is… Continue reading Amsterdam, that interesting little city in The Netherlands
Of course, waffles and chocolate may come to mind as some sweet Belgian food. But so are sausages, mashed potatoes, and mussels. And contrary to their namesake in the States, fries or frites hail from Belgium as well. Probably best not to go asking for french fries here. First meal since landing in flemish country; warm,… Continue reading All Things Belgian
It’s been about a month since landing in Spain so a friend in my program and I decided to venture outside of Spain, and to Belgium we went. Sevilla has spoiled me already with its great weather, I quickly realized as flurries fell to the ground as I got off the plane in Belgium. That… Continue reading Stepping outside of Spain: A weekend in Belgium
When I first entered the city I knew I had made a great choice. The city is infused with warm colors: deep reds, whites, yellows, oranges (quite literally), and peaches, with the contrast of bright greens from the abundance of different greenery, such as orange and palm trees. It has been warm, in the 60s and 70s… Continue reading Southern Spain: My first weeks in Sevilla
El Carnaval is a celebration in Spain that happens right before the start of lent. The biggest Carnaval celebrations in Spain happen on the island of Tenerife and a southern city called Cadiz. People dress up in droves, often wearing costumes that reflect the past years events. There are street shows along the street where Carnaval… Continue reading El Carnaval in Cadiz
After Madrid we ventured onward to the fanciful town that is Toledo. In the middle of a very rural area with a population of less than 10,000 living inside the walls, Toledo seems like the fairytale land of “far, far, away”. Toledo is known as the city of three cultures because it was here that… Continue reading Holy Toledo!