Dirty Dancing: Salamanca Nights
Andalucía, te quiero<3

This past weekend we went on a group trip to Andalucía, the southernmost region of Spain. First we started off in Granada, then Cordoba, and finally Sevilla. We also spent a few hours in Mérida to tour the Roman ruins. Instead of writing tons of paragraphs explaining every thing we did exactly, here are the highlights:

*Granada- Really beautiful city with snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains. We had a delicious dinner in a restaurant tucked among the gypsy caves, and saw a flamenco show there as well. It was a really great experience! The next day, we toured the Alhambra. Seriously a must see if you ever come to Spain!!

*Cordoba-The mesquita, with a cathedral built right in the middle, was also really beautiful. The city itself was very quaint!

*Sevilla- My favorite city out of these three. We spent less than 24 hours there and I’m already obsessed. It was very much what I imagine as typically “Spanish”.  Not only was the weather much more mild than in Salamanca, but I loved the atmosphere there in general—the orange trees, the architecture, and the people (maybe it was the great weather but they seemed much more extroverted than in northern Spain).  The Reales Alcázares we toured was seriously beautiful; my favorite part being the gardens and fountains. We also toured the Catedral, which is the 3rd largest in the world. It was of course very impressive, but the best part was the view from the top! Not to be cliche, but the views were breathtaking.

*Mérida-We only spent a few hours here to tour some Roman ruins—an ampitheatre and arena.  It was pretty cool. The rest of the city we didn’t really see though, and before we knew it we were heading back.

Overall, this was one of my favorite weekends here in Spain. I can’t wait to go back to Sevilla for Semana Santa in April. Seriously in love with that city!

Side note, sorry there’s no pictures yet. I forgot my camera’s memory card when we went to Andalucía so I couldn’t take any pictures!

It’s the freaking 4 day weekend.

Going to Andalucía bright and early tomorrow morning for a sweet 7 hour bus ride. First stop, Granada, then Cordoba, and lastly Sevilla. We’ll be there until Monday sometime. I swear I’ll post more when I get back!

P.S.- Caitlin, this post is for you. I put in a lot of effort to make it “so informative” on life here in Salamanca!

First Post OhhhMgz

So here it is, my first post almost a month after I’ve gotten here. I finally bit the bullet and made a blog. I did not come up with this title. It was given to me by some lovely friends of mine, who also suggested these terrible names:

-Bailamos: A Memoir. Reflections of an American girl in Salamanca
-Sangria and Salamanca
-Rachel’s Reflective Corner <—clearly a joke right
-When in Spain

I don’t know what exactly to write here yet, so I’ll probably try again soon and just sum up what’s happened so far here. Adiossss