Travel

Afternoon in Milan

For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be posting about the big trip we took to Italy this semester.  At the end of October, 8 of us took a trip to Italy- Milan, Cinque Terre, and Florence.  It was an absolute whirlwind of a weekend, and I’m so excited to reflect back on this weekend and share some stories.

So let’s start with our afternoon in Milan.

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3 Weeks Left in Granada?!

SOS. I have 3 weeks left in Granada. THREE WEEKS.  Where did the time go?  I swear I just got on the plane to come here like, yesterday? And now December is right around the corner, the semester is almost over, and somehow, I am coming to the end of this study abroad adventure.

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What am I Thankful For?

Back in the U.S., families everywhere are preparing for Thanksgiving and family gatherings and stuffing themselves full… And I’m across the world (not a bad deal).  Tomorrow, instead of sitting around the dinner table with my family, I’ll be heading to the airport, off on my next great adventure.  I’ve got so much to be thankful for, as it seems like the last 3 months have been a dream.

This time next month, I will be home sweet home, back with my family for Christmas, and as I’ve spent the last couple weeks holed up in my room (doing the STUDYING part of study abroad) I find myself getting more and more excited.

That being said, I still have a whole month left in Europe, and so much of this semester still to reflect on, so this year I’m saying I’m thankful for opportunity- the opportunity to study in Spain, the opportunity to travel in Europe, the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and do so many amazing things.

To end this post, I wanted to share some pictures from a trip I took with Maddie to Úbeza and Baeza, Renaissance cities located in the province of Jaen, right next to Granada. As I said, this semester has been an amazing opportunity for me to explore and to grow, and for that I am so thankful. Even if midterms may have been getting me down and taking more of my time than I’d like, hey, they’re midterms in Spain, and my life is still pretty dang good.

Úbeda

Baeza

Until next time,

Ashley

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Cousin’s Weekend in Barcelona!

How is it the middle of November? Where have the last 3 months gone? I don’t know, and that’s freaking me out! Since August, I’ve seen 5 countries, 22 cities (more or less, at this point, I could be forgetting a few), 6 UNESCO world heritage sites, and had hundreds of bowls of gelato.

But all my nostalgia aside, last month my cousin Lydia and I met up in Barcelona, and had so much fun.  We spent the 3 days walking and talking and just exploring the city by foot.  We got to see Gaudi’s Park Güell, the outside of the Sagrada Familia, and spend time walking along the beach.  It was such a fun weekend, and so nice getting to see my cousin while I’m out here.

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Playing With the Monkeys in Gibraltar!

Want to hear about the most amazing 5 hours of my life?  It starts with a rickety caravan, makes its way to a giant cavernous amphitheater, and ends with a pack of monkeys jumping from tree to tree, over our vans, trying to open the car doors because they could smell our food.

And it.

Was.

Awesome.

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Lifestyle

Why Your Vote Matters

(Picture taken from the AIFS Granada facebook page)

Before I got to Spain, I was told not to talk about two things: religion and politics… The religion thing has gone without a hitch, but these Spaniards, they love talking about American politics. I found myself talking with the students in the residencia and they were so fascinated with our election process, so with the election staring us right in the face, I thought I’d share my thoughts and things I’ve observed about American politics since I’ve been here.

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Mi Amor Sevilla

You can’t spend a semester in Andalucía without visiting the capital of Sevilla, which luckily we got to do with our program!  So a few weeks back, I got to spend a weekend in Sevilla and get a brief look at all the highlights of this Andalusian capital.

I’m so lucky to live in Spain, I think of that every single day. Every single city I go to is amazing, from Barcelona to Granada and everywhere in between, I can’t believe I’m over halfway done with my semester.

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