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Spring Break Part 2

Spring break was really fun and I am so glad I got to see so much of Europe in one(ish) week. I think Hamburg was my favorite part of Spring break and my favorite place in general, closely followed by Prague. I toured St. Pauli, Hamburg's Red Light District, with the same guide and many of the same people from the morning tour and it was such a different part of the city. At the very first stop of our tour, we saw two people having 'some fun' in the park, to which the tour guide replied, "If we stopped every time we saw something like this in St. Pauli we would never make it through the tour," and continued to give us information.  Unlike Amsterdam where the workers are behind glass, the girls rent out a portion of the sidewalk and talk to the men and follow them. Overall, it was just a really cool and very different part of the city. We saw where the Beatles first started playing, WW2 bomb shelters that are now parking garages and Discotecas, and all kinds of st…

The Beginning of Spring Break

It has been a wild last few days. On Thursday I took an exam in my class and then we went to view all of the Semana Santa floats and take pictures. After that, I went home, ate lunch, finished my packing and Adri, Maddie, and I headed to the airport. We said goodbye to Maddie in the airport as she headed off to Barcelona and then Adri and I boarded our flight towards London. Upon arrival we had to take a train into the city and from there an Uber. By the time we made it to our hostel it was after 11 and we just headed to bed. Friday we took a Hop-on Hop-off tour and saw a lot of the major monuments. I ate fish and chips for lunch and Adri had chipotle. We met up with Meghan, Matt, and Logan from our program and just spent time wandering around the city. Adri and I took an overnight ferry to get to Amsterdam and it was amazing. We had our own cabin with bunk beds, our own bathroom, a 3 course dinner (with amazing lemon tart!!), and a breakfast buffet. It was basically an overnight crui…

Morocco and Semana Santa Prep

Well, these last few weeks have really flown by. I was sick after our trip to Prague, recovered, and joined the program for a trip to Morocco. We took a three-hour bus ride and then a ferry to get to Tanger where we stayed. The waters were a little rough on the way to Morocco and a lot of people got motion sick. We visited so many places in two and a half days it was insane. We saw Asilah, the Blue City, Tanger and went to a ton of different shops with hand-made products. It rained all day Saturday which was not awesome but we made the best of it and the beautiful views helped you to forget that you were wet and cold. Morocco is famous for its pure Argan oil and we went to a pharmacy to try it out. I bought some henna lipstick and this weird spice mix that you breathe in and it helps stop migraines, snoring, and allergies. We also went to a store where they made rugs and a store with handmade scarves and decorative blankets. Here I fell trap and bought a really gorgeous multi-color bl…

Prague

This last weekend was an adventure. Six other girls and I took a girls trip to Prague. I did not know anything about the city, including that they don't use euros. You may be thinking, 'Savannah why on Earth did you not look up a single thing about the country you are visiting?' and I agree that is a great question. I had an amazing time and Prague was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. The architecture was so beautiful and the views were to die for. We really just spent our time walking around and taking it all in. We saw the John Lennon wall, the Prague Palace, and much more. The food there was really different and I have come to like sauerkraut. There was also this amazing dessert that was like a thin and hollow cinnamon roll. Audrey and I shared ours and it was filled with chocolate strawberries and ice cream. You could also get it filled with whipped cream or caramel. We stayed in a really cute hostel and the 7 of us had a room to ourselves. On Saturda…

Another Weekend in Sevilla

As you probably guessed from the title I spent another weekend simply relaxing and enjoying Sevilla. On Friday I spent the morning alone and finally made it to Maria Luisa Park, which is now one of my favorite places in Sevilla. It was huge and absolutely breath taking. I explored and spent some time reading while enjoying the lack of people and nature. Then I went to the Aquarium with two friends. The aquarium had a whole room of jellyfish and a green anaconda, two of my favorite animals, so I was pleased. I ended up walking like 12 miles that day between the park, the aquarium and getting food. Many people were traveling this weekend so I got to spend more time with Ahnna, Amanda, and Jenna which I really enjoyed because I don't see them much during the week. We went to an amazing tapas restaurant in Alameda Hercules and after had a few drinks and smoked a hookah (sorry lungs). Saturday I tried a poke bowl, went to the top of Las Setas, sat by the river, watched a little Netflix…

Enjoying a Relaxing Weekend in Sevilla

Hello readers! This was my first weekend in Sevilla where I had absolutely nothing planned and it was amazing. I had no day trips or anything and really spent the whole weekend relaxing and enjoying how amazingly warm it is here. On Wednesday I went with my friend Melanie, from Germany, and Fernando, from Cadiz, to see Captain Marvel and learned that there is both a movie theater and huge shopping area close to my house. Captain Marvel was amazing and no I did not have to watch it in Spanish. Melanie also cooked me an amazing dinner with sooo many vegetables :) Thursday I showed two of my friends the Nervion, the plaza near my house, where we got frozen yogurt (I am seriously obsessed with it right now) and went shopping. I spent Friday day relaxing near the river and being with friends. It was Maho's, the Japanese exchange student, last few nights in Sevilla so her friends came over and showed us how/made us sushi. We stayed up late talking to Maho and her friends and Saturday mo…

Cádiz y Córdoba

On Friday the group went to Córdoba, a small town about an hour from Sevilla, where we saw the Mezquita. The mezquita is a mosque that was converted into a Catholic church. It was huge and the architecture was amazing. That was about all Córdoba had to offer. After we toured the Mezquita we saw the rest of the town and had tapas for lunch. My new favorite food is fried eggplant with honey. Later that night we went to a restaurant called Geiko burgers and just relaxed with friends. Saturday I got up early and went to Cádiz with Jenna. We got there at about 9:30 am and there was no one there. All the shops were closed and it was easy to walk through the streets. We went to the beach and spent a few hours exploring and looking at the tide pools where unfortunately we didn't see many critters. It was still beautiful and the water was soooo blue. By the time we left the beach the streets were packed with people there to celebrate Carnaval, a festival like mardi gras. We had a variety o…