Category: bicycle

The first few days

Well, Sunday I went to Mass and explored, as planned. My Señora told me that there were services in “La Catedral”, the huge old cathedral that I pass on my way to school every day, so I went there. It turns out that La Catedral does NOT have services; it’s more of a tourist attraction. So I took lots of pictures – it’s absolutely incredible – and went exploring. I’ll try to catch a service again next week. It makes it a little more difficult to do when the people I live with haven’t been to a church service in years – they can’t tell me what time the services start.

Anyway, after I left the church I stopped at a cafecita (a little café) to buy a drink and use the internet a little bit. I heard some girls next to me speaking English, so after I finished what I was doing I walked over and introduced myself to them. We talked for quite a while – they were really sweet. They’re also American students studying abroad, but they’re studying at the University of Seville, instead of CC-CS, like I am. Only one of them, Grace, had a phone, but I got her number, and I’m sure we’re going to hang out again soon.

After I left there, I went walking for a while. I found the park that Jon sent me to – apparently it’s one of the biggest in the city. But as soon as I got there, my camera died, so I couldn’t get photographic evidence. I was rather sad about that :(. But it’s pretty close to my house, so I’ll just go back again later :). It’s quite a lovely park – it has old buildings, and running trails, and little cafes, and fountains, and everything. Of course, almost everything in Sevilla is “quite lovely”, lol….

Monday, the first day of classes, was a whirlwind of activity. I wasn’t really organized yet, and the whole day seemed to pass in a blur. I currently only have 3 classes – advanced Spanish grammar, Spanish culture, and Flamenco dancing. My schedule will change after September. Dance is 2 days a week, and culture is only 1 day; but grammar is 5 days a week for 4 hours. My head is drowning in grammar :(. Anyway, Monday I had grammar and dance. I have decided that I did not, in the past, give flamenco dancers enough credit. I always thought that what they did seemed pretty easy. Trust me, it is not. But the teacher is super sweet, and I think I’m going to really enjoy the class. West Coast Swing would be better but hey, I’ll take what I can get :).

We went on a bus tour of the city Monday night. I sat next to a really sweet girl named Sarah on the bus. She lives near me, and we’re going to be roommates on the group trip to Portugal this weekend. I really like her :). After the tour ended, myself and two other students, Nick and Sylvia, went to a big plaza and bought ice cream. I had dulce de leche, yummmm :D.

Although it’s bustling and alive with activity, Seville is really quite a small city. The bus tour gave me ganas (the closest translation to that would be it gave me an incentive, I guess) to explore the city on my own. The next day I did just that. I only have grammar on Tuesday, so I met up with 3 other students after class (Nick, Tom, and Silvia) to go explore. The four of us went to a bookstore to get some textbooks we needed, and then went window-shopping, and bought drinks in a little hole-in-the-wall store, and overall just enjoyed each other’s company. And then I figured out the bikes and went home. They have quite an integrated bicycle system here. There are bike stations scattered all over the city; you pay a small hourly sum, and can take any bike of your choosing and ride it anywhere you want; you just have to make sure that you get it back to a station. I’ve wanted to try it since I got here, so today…I did! It was quite easy; I’m definitely going to use it more often. It was a ton of fun, but now I can’t move – we walked for a good 3 hours, and then I biked for another hour. Tomorrow’s going to be rough, lol. And I just remembered that I have dance tomorrow!! Ohhhh noooo……