Monthly Archives: May 2010

Cádiz

Hey all. A few days ago I took the train with my girlfriend down to Cádiz, Spain. Cádiz is one of Europe’s oldest cities (founded by the Phoenicians) and is known for its beautiful beaches. We spent the day relaxing on the beach and swimming in the turquoise-blue water. Below you will find some pictures I took while there. I’ve never seen the Atlantic Ocean quite like this before:

Until next time…

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Study Abroad Academics… DONE!

Hey all. I have now completed the last of my final exams and papers here in Sevilla, Spain. The three exams and the paper (an analysis on how dreams function in contemporary Spanish film) were all fairly straightforward and not terribly difficult. I feel like I really learned a lot from these classes. While I certainly learned the material and how to better understand the Spanish language (all my classes were taught in Spanish), I also learned facts and opinions from a Spanish perspective. This made the learning process more enjoyable because it allowed me to better grasp the culture that dictates the education system.

Now it is time to continue preparing for a journey around Europe with my girlfriend, who finishes her program in southern Spain next week. As we continue to narrow down cities to visit, hostels to stay in, trains to take, etc., I will let you know more details about the trip. As for now, I am going to enjoy this hot sunny weather while it lasts. Until next time…

(Me posing with one of Sevilla’s city bikes!)

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Study abroad coming to an end + Morocco Pictures

Hey all. It’s hard to believe that my study abroad experience is nearing its end. I take my final exams next week! I have 4 tests and 1 essay and really need to get cracking on the studying and working. The workload has been fairly light throughout my time here, but now that I am reaching the end of the school year the professors have suddenly begun piling on the work. 8 days from now I will be done with my Spanish academic life and preparing for a journey around Europe.

Before arriving in Sevilla, my academic schedule was going to include direct enrollment in classes at la Universidad de Sevilla. This meant that I would be in classes until late June and I booked airline tickets home accordingly. When I switched academic programs a few weeks after reaching Spain, my classes all changed and now I am going to be done in mid-May. This change has opened up a significant chunk of time and has created an opportunity of a lifetime to travel around Europe with my girlfriend. Budgets and plans are still being refined, but hopefully the journey will be in full swing in a few short weeks. More details to follow.

In the meantime, check out these photos I took on my trip to Morocco. We visited three cities (Marrakech, Fes, and Tangier) in three days and it was quite an adventure. There are too many highlights to list! I hope you enjoy the pictures. Time for me to study for those final exams. Hasta Luego!

(Tannery in Fes)

(Minaret in Marrakech)

(Street vendor in Marrakech’s huge open air market [Djemaa el Fna])

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