Spending my Semester Abroad Living in Seville

living in seville

Hola!  My name is Christina and I have been fortunate enough to be able to spend the fall semester of my junior year studying at the University of Seville in Seville, Spain.  I will also be traveling to various locations throughout Europe, including Paris and Italy.  Although I have only been here just over a week, Seville already feels like home.  I am excited to see what the next few months will bring, and I am eager to share my experiences.  First, I will tell you about my brief time in Madrid, and then I will discuss my life in Seville so far.

The first few days of the program were spent exploring the country’s capital, Madrid.  The most visited city in Europe, it’s an urbanized metropolitan city with an abundance of historic monuments, restaurants, bars, and shops.  We stayed at Hotel Regina, a small hotel located in the heart of the city.  I was very pleased with the hotel, especially the complimentary breakfast, complete with pancakes and fruit.  The city is abuzz from dusk until dawn, and the street performers–human statues, among others–will keep you entertained as you walk through Plaza Mayor to a tapas bar.

A highlight of my time in Madrid was touring the Prado Museum.  I was able to see the work of some of the world’s most celebrated artists, including Goya, Greco, and Rubens.  I studied art at my home university, Miami of Ohio, but it is hard to really grasp the beauty and vision of artwork until you’ve viewed it up close.  The Prado Museum was the first of many cultural experiences I have had thus far.

Nightlife in Madrid is top notch.  A weekend night typically starts around 11:00 at a bar and ends at a discoteca in the wee hours of the morning.  For women, American women especially, it is not unusual to be approached by club promoters offering a free drink or a deal of some sort at a local club.  Being a student on a budget, my friends and I took full advantage of this.  While out, I stuck with a group and limited my alcohol consumption to a couple of drinks.

I absolutely love living in Seville.  In this first week, I have especially enjoyed exploring the city and trying different foods and drinks.  An easy and fun way to explore the city is by biking along the bike paths.  The picture I posted is of me in front of Plaza de España after biking through the city.  Each day I grow more and more fond of the culture and the people.

Additionally, I have fallen in love with the architecture, specifically the cathedrals. Unlike many cities in the US, Seville does not have skyscrapers; in fact, the tallest structure is the Giralda, a bell tower attached to La Cathedral de Santa Maria.  The view from the top was incredible and the cathedral is absolutely stunning both inside and out.  As my first week of classes comes to a close there is only one thing on my mind: Lagos, Portugal, where I will be traveling this weekend with 130 other students.  Until next time…ciao!

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6 thoughts on “Spending my Semester Abroad Living in Seville

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    Carol Lundin
    October 16, 2011
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    hi Christina, I have loved reading your blog. Wish I was 20 again and could have all that fun of exploring new and exciting parts of the world and meeting new friends to share it all with. It makes me happy to read how much you are enjoying and appreciating it so much. Our family is certainly international right now. Steve just called this morning to tell us about their experience at the great wall in china. So. Many lundin’s all over the world. I wish papa knew. He would be so excited and proud. Thinking of you every day our lovely.christina. Lola and lots of.love and kisses. Nana

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    Sally Barker
    October 14, 2011
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    Hola Christina, Como esta? Reading your blog will bring back all kinds of great memories of when I studied in Florence and travelled around Europe with friends. Have a great time, enjoy every minute! Love, Aunt Sally

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    Jill With
    October 11, 2011
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    Christina – I am impressed how independent you are! Wouldn’t that be wild if you ended up living in Spain or italy? Glad to hear that you are having a great time! We are proud of you and love you too! Love Aunt Jill and the crew! Natalie is having a movie night at our house tonight with 10 guys and girls!!!!!! Chow I have to serve up some chili !

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    Kelly
    October 10, 2011
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    What a fantastic blog! I shall follow it for sure! Can’t wait to see Spain soon. Would love to see more pictures por favor. 🙂

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    October 10, 2011
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    Hi Christina! I see Aunt Lori beat me to it! I’m glad you are happy there, but don’t get any ideas of living there permanently…I would miss you too much!! I enjoyed your travelogue…you are one good writer! I love the ceramics made in Porugal…wish I could be there with you to buy some…they are the best! Are you able to speak Spanish more fluently now that you are there? Who are your favorite friends so far and where are they from? I’m glad you are going to these night spots in groups…never go with anyone alone…this is your GRANDMOTHER speaking!!! I can’t wait to see you when you get back…are you journaling? I’m about to make a crumb crust for my Apple Crisp for our Bible Study tomorrow. I don’t have any time to do it tomorrow so I thought I would get a head start on it. I hope this gets to you…I have never blogged before! I’m busy with my Candy Cane Boutique these days…it is like Christmas everyday when people donate items for it and we price them. Love you lots! We pray for you a lot too because we love you! Hugs, Grandma!

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    Lori
    October 9, 2011
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    Hi Christina! After reading your blog I feel like flying over there and having you as my tour guide!!! Really! I am so glad that you are enjoying your experience there. I am looking forward to hearing more about it and seeing some more photos of you out and about. Love you, Aunt Lori 🙂

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