March 7th to March 13th

Trip Start Feb 02, 2011
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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I got back from London around 10:00 p.m. on Monday. This week was much different because since I have been in Córdoba, it was the first week in which I didn't have a planned weekend trip to look forward to. We had the excursion to Sevilla, which was a day trip on Friday, March 11th, but other than that this was the first weekend in which I was able to experience everything Córdoba. Classes were classes as usual, nothing too exciting to report on those. On Wednesday night an Irish bar hosts trivia nights which we decided to go to with some of our compañeros de conversacion because they are a great way for us all to hang out together, for us to practice our spanish, and for them to practice their english. It was really fun playing and hanging out with some spanish kids as well, and we all felt as if the questions were pretty difficult! 
     On Friday morning I woke up early and met the group at the bus stop to drive to Sevilla. When people come to Andalusia it is highly recommended that they visit the "Big Three," which include Córdoba (check), Granada (not yet), and Sevilla. It took a little less than two hours to get there and unfortunately it was raining, but Sevilla is a beautiful city. It is a little big bigger than Córdoba, but there is a lot to see. A day trip to Seville did not give me enough time to see everything, so I am glad that I will be going back with Dad, Mom, and Jillian over Semana Santa. We did however see the Plaza de España, which is absolutely beautiful and contains tile designs of the major cities in Spain. We also the the Alcazar, with peacocks just walking around, and the Catedral. These excursions are very educational because we always have a tour guide talk us through every cathedral, plaza, and palace that we have seen. The most important thing I learned from this excursion, I had NO idea about this, is that Christopher Columbus is buried in la Catedral de Sevilla...who knew! I never really thought about where he was buried, but he was pretty significant here in Esapña and with los Reyes Catolicos, so it was pretty cool being at his tomb. I never get over things like that, it was like learning about all of those paintings that I had described before and then seeing them right in front of me in the museums. I mean how many times throughout our entire education do we learn about Christopher Columbus...and then I was standing ON his tomb- pretty cool!! 
      So Sevilla was a great excursion, but it was a very long day! My friends and I decided that for that night we would just go sit at a bar for a little while and relax, have a low key night. However, you never know what you may be in for here in Spain...the plan was to relax Friday night and stay out until like 6:00 a.m. Spanish style Saturday night. We heard about this party so our plans were pretty much forgotten and we walked in the rain to one of Córdoba's little dance clubs and I had a great time because I was with a small group of really great friends. 
        Needless to say when I woke up Saturday morning (12:30 p.m.) I was dead tired and I walk out of my room to find two of the grand kids and my host mom's son. I tried my best to stay alert through lunch with the family, and the screaming children made it much easier. Our plan was backwards but we went to a couple bars Saturday night and we just sat and relaxed which was nice and we were home before 2:00 a.m. The weekend ended with ALL the grandkids coming over for lunch on Sunday so there were five screaming children and my host mom's two kids. It was a nice little family meal and a nice end to the weekend. 
       I enjoyed being in Córdoba for an entire weekend, however Spain is too laid back for me. I need to be out doing things, which is why I am glad that I am able to take advantage of the traveling. Córdoba is great and it is important that I experience the night life here for a couple of weekends, but too many weekends of waking up, waiting, eating, "siesta," waiting, eating, and then going out will drive me absolutely nuts. I need to be doing something like every minute of the day while I am here in Spain, in Europe. Once the weather gets nicer it won't be so dull hanging around here because there will be tons of people outside, which will be amazing. In the meantime, my April is completely booked with things going on so I should probably enjoy the quiet daytime of Córdoba especially with the semester flying by as fast as it is! :) 
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