Tuesday, October 25, 2011

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

Don't you love the title?  It is so true.  So far my journey has led me to some pretty incredible places!!
Since I have left I have been numerous places!!!! I still can't comprehend how much this world has to offer.

-I have been in New York City.  Although I didn't see much.  So that is one of the places on top of my bucket list.  Sometimes, I just wanna live there. Just like the books and movies.
-JFK airport
-the Switzerland Airport!
-Madrid!!! Was a beautiful place.  I didn't see a lot but it felt like Spain to me!
-A Youth Hostel: There I made friends from all over the country! HECK FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD!
-I had to take the bus with 3 other girls from Madrid to Malaga to meet our host-families. We traveled down the country.  It was mostly barren countryside.  But there were some interesting sites!  And there was one part when we were driving around a mountain. It wasn't HUGE but if we went off the side, it would be a long wave down.  
-Portemao, Portugal
-Casablanca, Morocco in  Africa!!!

All this and it hasn't even been 3 months!  WOWWZAA

During my youth hostel stay, while over-nighting it with my fellow AFSers in Madrid, I felt that we all became such good and CLOSE friends.  It was comforting to have so many kids your own age, from all over the US and the WORLD, sharing the exact same experience as you.  I felt so at ease knowing that they were all missing home and their families, too.  (Well, maybe not at that moment,  But I now know that more than a handful of them have recently had bouts of homesickness.  Just like me)  It's soooo normal.  In fact, It wouldn't be normal to not have some sense of nostalgia while on exchange for a year!!
- I now have friends from:

Arizona (SCOTTSDALE!!) Right by my grandparents :)
Alaska (Sitka! The town in "The Proposal", my mother's favorite moive :) Yes mom it is a real place.
Kentucky (Chloe is practically the cutest thing on this planet!)
New York, and NYC
More friends from good ole' Wisconsin (What's up Erika :)
Sweden: Hi Will :)
Germany (One of the girls from Germany recently visited WISCONSIN!! More specifically, Germantown and Milwaukee :) How crazy is that?  We met in the Madrid airport, and when I said I was from Wisconsin, she squealed and gave me a HUGE hug.)
Turkey (Two funny guys from Istanbul)  
And of Course Spain :)

So this week I went out with some new friends.  We meet at the metro at 8:00.   I thought to myself, oh my gosh that's late.  But to them it was normal.  I didn't return home until about 12.45ish!!
Man, that was so interesting for mee.

On Sunday my host fam and I went to church and then took a walk around downtown Seville :)

The sweet landmark is called "Las Setas"  Don't they look like mushrooms???
The incredible view of the whole city was breathtaking! Doesn't is look like it's going to rain?
Underneath the building are the ancient Roman ruins of Seville.  This is such an ancient city :) While driving to church I saw preserved Ancient Roman Aqueducts!!!!!!! It is soo different when you're reading about this things in books.  But when I actually SEE the history I have learned about....... Man, I just can't explain this feeling.

Enjoy :)


Beautiful ehh?

Smart Car :)

Modernistic architecture amid the old and ancient.  

What did I tell you?  In a way I can see how some people might object to this modern building obstructing the classic scene.  But  "las setas" has a purpose.  It protects the Roman ruins underneath, it gives you a wondersul view of Sevilla, there is a market, and COME ON!! It looks like a bunch of mushrooms.  

The Ruins.  We didn't have time to see this part.  I will post pictures  when we do get the chance to go.

Oh Hi God, What's up?  

Enchanting... Am I wrong? Didn't think so.

The Cathedral

It did drizzle a little bit!

Walking on top of the mushrooms.

Another Church.  See the umbrellas?  Well we meet friends for patatas (Potato Chips) and drinks after our mushroom extravaganza.   

Maite tells me that in the Spring, you smell the orange blossoms and the incense from the churches.  One: I LOVE oranges.  Two: I absolutely adore church incense.  Don't ask my why.  But it makes me feel comfortable.

Hello people of Sevilla!

Yea, I kinda am addicted to shoes.  

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


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