Ryan Quinonez

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Month: August 2016

Spain pt. 2

After my program ended in Seville, I spent the next 8 days traveling Spain. It was one of the best experiences of my life solo traveling. People thought I was crazy for doing it. Was it lonely at times? Sure, of course. But it was so nice being able to do what I want at my own pace and having to step out of my comfort zone to meet new people.

I spent the first four days in Madrid Spain. It was so hard to fit all the things I wanted to do in only four days, however I made it work pretty well. I started off by doing a walking tour of the city. This was by far the best decision I did. I got a lay of the land and I felt comfortable in a giant city like Madrid. I highly recommend it! Over the next 3 days I visited the Prado, The Cathedral of Madrid, the Royal Palace, and toured the Santiago Bernabéu. Oh and I ate some bomb food!

 

 

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The final four days in Spain I spent in Barcelona! The breathtaking city of Barcelona was filled with Paella, tourism, and the BEACHH! I visited the famous park guell and la sagrada familia. It wasn’t until my final day in Barcelona that I finally was finally done sightseeing and had time to relax on Barceloneta Beach. I also visited the Montjuic, the olympic mountain which is where the 1992 summer olympic games were held! The last few days I spent eating the best Paella in Barcelona. And yes I had it every night along with a glass of tinto verano!

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One good thing about flying internationally is you get to pick cool layovers. Although it was unintentional to go to England and get delayed and end up having to stay the night in London, it was so worth it.

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I am so thankful for the opportunity to study abroad. I can’t wait to continue my adventures abroad and further my global perspective!

Spain pt. 1

This summer I spent a life-changing six weeks in Seville, Spain. Yes, I know it’s late to post this, but better late than never! There’s so much to tell, so let’s start from the beginning! On May 27, I left America and headed for Spain. After a long and unproductive nine hour flight, my classmates and I arrived in Madrid, Spain. Leaving around 2 pm and arriving at 9 am meant a lot of loss sleep! Soon after we were on a 2 hour train ride to the unbelievable city of Sevilla. For the first couple of days we toured the city and met our host mothers. Julia was, by far, one of the sweetest, most sincere women I have ever met. She was just like a grandma to me.

The first week was when I noticed most of the culture shock to hit. It was frustrating being in a new country and not speaking the language. Luckily I was taking a Spanish class to further my Spanish and started to pick it up much faster! After that week, however, things flew by. I adapted to the change of pace and the language barrier, and everything started to feel like home.

The first traveling weekend we had, the whole class (including our awesome teacher Jennifer) and I went to Granada and Córdoba. Granada was one of my favorite cities in Spain. It is set in the Sierra Nevada’s (not the ones in the west coast) and is a Moorish city. We visited the Alhambra and the Cathedral of Granada. The Alhambra is an Arabic palace which is stunning. IMG_9120

The Cathedral was my favorite cathedral in all of Andalusia.

The Second week we all attended a bull fight. It was a unique experience to be a part of such a famous Spanish tradition. Over the course of the final 3 weeks in the course, I visited many cities across Andalusia. Also, I got the opportunity to spend 3 days in Lagos, Portugal which was a beautiful town on the Atlantic Ocean. Oh and here are some more pictures of my adventures.

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Stay tuned for more of Spain!

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